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Gained 10 lbs , gardener , 53 years old

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I gained 10 lbs in 1 week. I havent changed my eating eating habits and I am a gardener so I exercise daily. I feel tired now. My stomach is hard and swollen and I am 53 yrs old and still menstruate. But my stomach is feeling achy now and I am getting constipated. Should I worry? I am. I want to know if I should be worried about this?

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replied September 25th, 2010
Abdominal Pain Answer A16287
Hi, and thanks for your medical question on eHealth forum!

Common causes like overeating, lack of exercise (not in your case), diabetes, hypothyroidism have to be ruled out in your case. You must then look for other causes. One is water retention due to low serum protein. This along with anemia can cause unexplained weight gain.

Adrenal gland problems are the other cause. Cushing’s syndrome should be looked for. The kidney function too should be assessed. Late night snacking and poor sleep too can cause weight gain. Polycystic ovary too causes weight gain, hence has to be ruled out by an ultrasound of abdomen. Certain medications like antidepressants cause weight gain.

At your age it can also be hormonal imbalance of FSH, LH, estrogen, progesterone. Hence get this evaluated. Please consult your doctor and get this evaluated. Hope this helps. Take care!

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