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Unexplained weight gain and constant tears at 16?

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Euamoonatal Mon 10-Dec-18 10:28:49

My DD is 16. She was a robust, well rounded,easy child until about 8 months ago. She started to gain weight, became very down and disinteretsed in school, sport and anything other than lying on her bed in her phone. She still does several hours of sport a week but has gained at least a stone weight in that time and is very self conscious about it. I cannot see where or when she is eating. Food at home is healthy and home made. She takes a packed lunch to school and eats porridge for breakfast. Often has a small dinner and drinks lots of water. Since becoming aware of it she is being careful, refusing any sweets but seems to be growing outward still. The weight is mostly on her arms and legs & bum. Her waist and stomach are still trim. It's quite odd really. Anyway she cries all the time, sometimes for no reason. She doesn't know why she is crying. She is tired a lot if the time but is asleep by 10 every evening and gets up at 7am but will still be tired and lethargic all day.

She is on the pill (dianette) for the past 4/5 months for her skin so that may be contributing to the tears but not the weight gain?

Should I take her to the GP or is this normal and am I being hysterical?

HarrietM87 Mon 10-Dec-18 10:31:14

I was similar at that age and was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Ask your GP for a blood test- it’s uncommon in teens so often missed.

ViragoKnows Mon 10-Dec-18 10:31:42

She is on the pill (dianette) for the past 4/5 months for her skin so that may be contributing to the tears but not the weight gain?

Why not?

User12345677777 Mon 10-Dec-18 10:32:44

I was also going to suggest having her thyroid checked. I too experienced similar symptoms

MrsLettuce Mon 10-Dec-18 10:33:32

Seeing the title I was just about to ask if she is on the pill, I see you say she is. I'd be amazed if that isn't a factor. Poor love.

Euamoonatal Mon 10-Dec-18 10:35:47

Interesting. Because EVERY article I've read says the pill is not conclusively to blame for weight gain. Also the weight gain and moods started before the pill.

I had wondered about hypothyroidism. I will ask for a blood test. I'm wary of raising the subject as weight plus teen years is a tricky area.

Drogosnextwife Mon 10-Dec-18 10:36:18

Why wpuld the pill not contribute to the weight gain? It certainly did when I started taking it.
She has probably stopped growing now so perhaps doesn't need as many calories as she did before also of she has cit back on the exercise she did before she is likely to gain weight.

MrsLettuce Mon 10-Dec-18 10:39:50

The pill always caused me the gain weight. Usually 7lbs to a stone each time I changed to a different one. The anecdotal evidence that it does is huge.

Euamoonatal Mon 10-Dec-18 10:41:40

So if the pill is causing weight gain and tears should I ask for a different one. And if so, which?!

To those who gained weight on the pill, did you lose it again after switching?

Cherries101 Mon 10-Dec-18 10:44:18

Ask the GP to try another pill. get her a thyroid test. Get her tested for PCOS.

MrsLettuce Mon 10-Dec-18 10:50:35

Unfortunately I only lost the weight I stopped using the pill. It just melted away with no effort. The feeling of bottomless sadness stopped sharpish too. That was after 10 years, maybe 6 different types of pill and much reassurance from doctors that the pill was very unlikely to be the problem.

GPs are keen to give teenage girls the pill, has she seen a dermatologist?

It might be enlightening to start a thread "AIBU to think the pill doesn't cause weight gain?" ... "because I've read of lot of articles that say it doesn't". You get more responses more quickly that way.

Euamoonatal Mon 10-Dec-18 11:18:39

Mrs Lettuce, i am a professional level thread killer so I will try your tactic, responses to say it might well be the cause would at least give DD some sense as to why she is putting on weight.

LadyGodivasOperation Mon 10-Dec-18 11:21:39

Bullimia? My dd hid her eating disorder shockingly well, lost, rather than gained, but was tearful a lot.

bobstersmum Mon 10-Dec-18 11:23:40

The pill does cause weight gain. And I bet the weight gain is causing the tears.

VimFuego101 Mon 10-Dec-18 11:52:08

I absolutely gained weight on every type of pill I tried. It dropped off as soon as I stopped taking it. It also caused mood swings - I think the previous poster who called it 'bottomless sadness' summed it up perfectly. That's exactly what it felt like.

homophoebe Tue 11-Dec-18 10:34:25

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Ali1cedowntherabbithole Tue 11-Dec-18 10:43:08

The Pill and hypothyroidism are valid things to check out, as are conditions like poly cystic ovaries, so I would advise a GP visit.

I would also remember that at 16 it is normal for women's body's to change as their hips widen in preparation for pregnancy and childbirth. Some weight gain is normal too. Is DD still a healthy BMI?

HollowTalk Tue 11-Dec-18 10:47:12

I always gained weight on the pill. I think the reason we're not told about it is that women (and especially young women in their teens) wouldn't take it if they realised.

Tinty Tue 11-Dec-18 11:21:04

So if the pill is causing weight gain and tears should I ask for a different one. And if so, which?!

The problem is that Dianette, is the pill recommended for bad skin, I think there is one other type that can help skin. Most pills say on the side effects that they can cause spots, which is not at all helpful if the reason you are going on the pill, is to get rid of spots.

I am on the same pill as your DD but I haven't gained weight on it, I did get a bigger bust when I started on it at 15 but that may have happened anyway.

My DD is also on the same pill and hasn't gained weight. Does your DD have any money? Is she buying chocolate and crisps and eating them and you don't know about it?

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