What other symptoms might occur with weight gain?

Weight gain may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Symptoms that frequently affect the digestive tract may also involve other body systems.

Symptoms that may occur along with weight gain

Weight gain may accompany symptoms related to different body systems including:

  • Abnormal menstrual cycle
  • Constipation
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Hair loss or abnormal hair development
  • Malaise or lethargy
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swelling in the face, abdomen or extremities
  • Temperature sensitivity (especially to cold)
  • Vision changes

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, weight gain may be a symptom of a life-threatening condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these life-threatening symptoms including:

  • Absent or diminished pulses
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Rapid swelling (edema) in the face, arms, legs, feet, ankles or abdomen
  • Rapid weight gain
  • Seizure
  • Severe headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sudden loss of vision or changes in vision


What is weight gain?

Some types of weight gain are related to a natural process rather than a disease. For example, it is normal (and even necessary) to gain some weight during pregnancy, and weight gain accompanies normal growth in children. However, unplanned or unintended weight gain may become problematic and should be addressed. In most cases, taking more calories into the body than your body can use causes un... Read more about weight gainintroduction


What causes weight gain?

Weight gain can be a natural result of fluctuations in hormonal processes, such as the menstrual cycle or pregnancy. However, most cases of unplanned or unintended weight gain are caused by taking in more calories than the body can use. Certain drugs can also cause weight gain, and unintended weight gain can be a symptom of a number of medical conditions or disorders. Weight gain that is sudden... Read more about weight gaincauses

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Sep 30, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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