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Monday, December 9, 2013
Arthritis and Rheumatism
Could Rheumatoid Arthritis Cause Weight Loss Without Trying?
I have lost 5 pounds this week and I didn`t even try to lose it. My rheumatoid arthritis is flaring at this time, too. I know that my RA can cause some weight loss. Also my periods always lasted for 7 days. Then all of a sudden they went to only lasting 3 days. That went on for 6 months. Now the past two months they have only lasted for 2 days. Could this be my thyroid? What other things could cause weight loss without trying?
Active Rheumatoid Arthritis may certainly be associated with weight loss as well as an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) or thyroid hormone over-supplementation. As a comprehensive list of weight loss causes is quite long and untargeted without further evaluation, your question may be better answered by consulting with your personal physician.
Raymond Hong, MD, MBA, FACR
Formerly, Assistant Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University