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Weight loss

jroby55
Posts: 36
Joined: Feb 2019

When is unexplained weight loss a concern? I weigh at the same time every day and lately I have been eating more (an not all clean but mostly lower sodium) and have lost about 5 lbs. over the last week (I weight right around 200 lbs). I went to my PCP and he said that if the weight loss continues and hits 20-40lbs. in 6 months they will look at it more then but isn't concnered. I know I probably jumped the gun with going in a little early but given the circumstance of my history and how I've been eating and still losing it concerned me.  

I had a radical nephrectomy back in November and they do not believe it spread, found negative margins and did not have aggressive features like sarcomatoid and rhabdoid. 

 

Thank you guys!

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icemantoo
Posts: 3210
Joined: Jan 2010

A 5 or 10 lb weight loss or gain should not be a concern. Listen to your Doctors comments.

 

 

 

icemantoo

jroby55
Posts: 36
Joined: Feb 2019

Thank you!

en8236
Posts: 28
Joined: Dec 2017

If you have something coming back in 3 months, it is more likely to be too small to create any symptom, let alone weight loss. There is more chance to have a recurrence/metastasis (if any) spotted in your follow up scans. I would suggest not to embark on a "treasure hunt" journey on google, as most of the symptoms you would find will be vague, generic and ambiguous... and it will make you believe you have all. This is from personal experience.

jroby55
Posts: 36
Joined: Feb 2019

Thank you so much... I have been on that treasure hunt several times. I am trying to find the balance between not being overly vigilant and neglectful. It's a tough balance to strike right now for me. Thank you!

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Allochka
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Joined: Nov 2014

Hello,

5lbs can "dissapear" purely because you have less water/gas, etc in the body at the moment of weighting. It is a very small number of no concern.

At the same time I see that you've created several posts recently, it could be a clue that you are rather stressed about your health (which is normal after cancer diagnosis). People do lose lots of weight due to stress, this is the most logical explanation. 

jroby55
Posts: 36
Joined: Feb 2019

I think you are pretty accurate. I am trying to chill with the worrying, it just gets the better of me more often than I want right now.

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APny
Posts: 1934
Joined: Mar 2014

Totally agree with Allochka. Water weight alone can fluctuate several pounds and 5 is really nothing. Unless you have a super expensive super accurate scale, those too can be off by a couple of pounds from day to day.

jroby55
Posts: 36
Joined: Feb 2019

Thank you, I will wait it out and relax!

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