Loss of appetite - is anyone else experiencing this?

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MsBunky
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   Posted 5/11/2010 8:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,

Has anyone here gone thru a loss of appetite along with their other problems? If so, how did you force yourself to eat and what sort of things were appealing enough for you to try? I have had no appetite for over a month and when I do feel like eating, all I want is ice cream. Period.

My daily diet right now is a bowl of yogurt (8 oz) with Flax cereal sprinkled on top. I generally eat this around 9am if I eat anything in the morning at all. In the afternoon, usually around 1pm, I have a full bowl of fudge marble ice cream. Later in the evening, I'll have another bowl of ice cream.

This is a typical day for me. Sometimes, I'll have a bit of whatever has been made for dinner. Our cat Dorie always seems to know when I'm finished eating and comes and hangs around me to see if she's getting a treat at all (and yes, she usually does!). After her snack, Dorie is usually pretty content. I'm generally content as well - I'm not hungry, I have actually eaten something, and I feel pretty good overall, as long as I've taken my meds

If anyone has experienced this, how did you force yourself to eat, and what sorts of foods appealed to you? I am a rare person, in that I can't eat when under stress but it stresses me to not be interested in eating...go figure!

Anyways, thanks in advance for any ideas. You are all so valuable when it comes to help and experience!!

hugs,
Pam

(ps: so far I've lost 30lbs since the beginning of the year - I have about 20lbs more to go to hit my healthy weight of 130lbs. I am 5'2")
Conditions: Fibromyalgia, Myofascial Pain, Chronic Pelvic Pain (with permanent muscle damage), Femoralacetabular Impingement (CAM and Pincer), Reynauds, IBS, Surgical Adhesions, Ophthalmic Migraines, Severe Hot Flashes (both Surgical Menopause and medication related), plus physically unable to vomit due to the Nissen, and I have extremely tiny veins with a lot of scar tissue...a joy when it comes to having to give blood or get an IV started

Surgeries: Appendix, Uterus, Nissen Fundoplication for GERD, Left Ovary, Gallbladder, Right Ovary, TVT

Medications: Oxycontin, Cesamet, Tramacet, Cymbalta, Flexeril and Clonidine plus Laxaday, Vitamin D and a Multi-Vitamin daily


Chutz
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   Posted 5/11/2010 10:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Pam,

I'm sure many people are thinking..."I should have such a problem"...lol But it really is a problem. You aren't getting adequate nutrition which will only make health problems worse. This past winter I was down with both a bacterial infection of some sort and influenza. By the time I was done there was no way I was interested in food. I can stand to loose some weight but that's not a healthy way to do it.

I mostly ate toast and milk. I usually love cereal but couldn't even look at it. It took me over a month but I slowly reverted back to where I was. BUT...since doc upped the dose of my antidepressant my appetite has gone raging wild! This is awful since I rarely have to be encouraged to eat. I had been doing good getting my weight down and keeping it there but over the past few months it's bounced up again. It only adds to the pain. In the same vein, any time I've lost weight I have an entire new set of pain. Probably from how my body carries it all...who knows!

If you can try and get down something like Ensure or an instant breakfast. Grab your blender and add some fruit, milk, whatever you like and down that. Much better for you than ice cream. Without protein your body you won't stay well for long. Here's some information from several sites...
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Protein is need to repair and make new cells. Without protein this is not possible. If you don't eat enough proteins you get hungrier sooner.
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Aptly enough, the word "protein" is derived from a Greek root meaning "of first importance," and protein - which constitutes about one-fifth of an adult's body weight - is the basic material of life. Muscles, organs, bones, cartilage, skin, antibodies, some hormones, and all enzymes (the compounds that direct chemical reactions in cells) are made of protein.

Proteins are constantly being broken down in our bodies. Most of the amino acids are reused, but we must continually replace some of those that are lost. This process is known as protein turnover. Our need to keep this process going begins at conception and last throughout life. Without dietary protein, growth and all bodily functions would not take place.

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protein is one of the basic building blocks of the human body. Your muscles, hair, skin, and connective tissue are mostly made up of protein.

Your body's important chemicals such as enzymes, hormones, neurotransmitters, and even your DNA are also partially made up of protein. Your body is constantly using up protein, so it is very important that you are at least eating the minimal required amount.

One reason that protein is so important is because it is made of amino acids. Your body cannot make the essential amino acids, so you have to get them from the food and the supplements that you eat.

Hope some of this encourages you to get some protein in your system. If you can't gag any down I suggest you get to your doc soon. Your body will be worse for ignoring it.

Hugs,
Chutz
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MsBunky
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   Posted 5/11/2010 11:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Chutz, you are an angel!!! Thanks for sharing all this with me. I will do a bit of reading and then maybe tomorrow or Thursday, I can go with him (or with you, if you are going)

Thank you very very much!

hugs,
Pam
Conditions: Fibromyalgia, Myofascial Pain, Chronic Pelvic Pain (with permanent muscle damage), Femoralacetabular Impingement (CAM and Pincer), Reynauds, IBS, Surgical Adhesions, Ophthalmic Migraines, Severe Hot Flashes (both Surgical Menopause and medication related), plus physically unable to vomit due to the Nissen, and I have extremely tiny veins with a lot of scar tissue...a joy when it comes to having to give blood or get an IV started

Surgeries: Appendix, Uterus, Nissen Fundoplication for GERD, Left Ovary, Gallbladder, Right Ovary, TVT

Medications: Oxycontin, Cesamet, Tramacet, Cymbalta, Flexeril and Clonidine plus Laxaday, Vitamin D and a Multi-Vitamin daily


Becky83
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   Posted 5/12/2010 3:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi MsBunky.
 
I am experiencing the same thing and i have been for a while now. I've got a few ways I deal with this. I take multivitamins everyday so my body get the nourishment it needs. I can only eat 2 meals a day anything more and i feel like want to vomit repeatedly. I have a small light breakfast and then make sure a i a small but nourishment filled evening or mid day meal. My doctor was willing to prescribe me anti sickness tablets but i'm taking enough i don't want more. It is frustrating but i hope this helps. If it continues maybe a visit to the doctor may help.
Becky
 
Suffer from: Depression, Chronic Abdomenal pain, PTSD, Asthma and Fibromyalgia.


kimber9807
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   Posted 5/12/2010 11:04 AM (GMT -7)   
I was that way when I was sick with my gb. I was on naseau meds but everything made me sick so I basically lived on liquids and soup. Good Luck. Have you talked to your dr about it? there might be a reason why you dont have an appetite.
im dxed with  herniated discs,fibromylagia , scolosis,ddd,athritis, spinal stenosis , spinal blockage ,gerd,gastric ulcer (2008), pernicous anemia , folic acid anemia and gallbladder removal 3/23/10.
 
meds: Ambien, prilosec otc,  ibuprofren,Ultracet, folic acid , b12 injections, zyrtec and benadryl.
 
Just added : folic acid supplement  1 mg a day for the next year and also b12 injections increased to once a month. pernicous anemia and  Folic acid anemia.


Retired Mom
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   Posted 5/12/2010 3:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello,

I can honestly say that not eating has never been a problem for me, but I can certainly understand how this issue must be affecting your health. The information Chutz gave is amazing and wonderful and you may find that an improvement in your nutrition will trigger more "normal" eating habits. Sometimes our bodies just give us strange signals and we need to step back and listen.

Perhaps instead of icecream you could consider freezing a nutritional suplement drink (boost or ensure are two I can think of) and try those for a while. I have no idea if they are even "freezable", but it's worth looking in to.

One thing we do when we don't feel like a meal and want something cold is to blend pineapple and frozen strawberries into a smoothie. You could add protein powder and other fruit to give you more nutrients too.

I wish you all the best!
Retired Mom


skeye
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   Posted 5/12/2010 4:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Pam,

I had this same problem last year. I was in so much pain that I was constantly nauseous & had no appetite at all. I lost 20 pounds in one month. I had to force food into my mouth. This lasted about 8 mo & then it spontaneously got better. Nothing changed. The pain is still the same. Sometimes I still get nauseous, but I haven't lost my appetite like I did previously & I've regained the weight I lost. It was really strange. I talked with my doctor about it, but he didn't have much to say, other than suggesting that I try to eat energy bars & high nutrition protein bars.

Skeye

Abol76
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   Posted 5/13/2010 5:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Since I've been on morphine my appetite has gone right down even though i'm also on pred and I can't stomache anything even slightly fatty. I seem to live off small amounts of soup, jacket potatoes, salad and pasta. This is so unlike me and the pounds are dropping off.
Arthritis, GORD, IBS, PCOS, Neurosarcoid, Hypothyroidism, psoriasis, mental health issues, BIH, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. . . Methotrexate injections, folic acid, Prednisolone, Alendronic Acid, Adcal D3, Morphine, Lansoprazole, Domperidone, Norethisterone, Metformin, Levothyroxine, Amitriptyline, Sertraline/lustral/Zoloft, buspirone/buspar, Carbamazapine/Tegratol, Risperidone/Risperdal, Melatonin, Lisinopril, Atorvastatin ". . . but hey, Tomorrow is another day!" :-)


MsBunky
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   Posted 5/13/2010 10:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone. I'm trying to get more fruit and stuff into my diet, but I have to really force myself to eat. I can literally go from early morning to dinner time without eating and without a hunger pang, so I just have to set a timer and really make myself eat something when the alarm goes off.

I really appreciate everyone's ideas and thoughts. It's interesting...I'm not nauseous at all, I'm just plain not hungry. I'll keep my eye on it though and if I start to lose too much weight, then I'll talk to my doctor.

I appreciate you all as usual for the replies!

thanks,
Pam

ps: Abol76, I really feel for you with all those drugs you have to take and swallow....I have troubles taking pills (they make me gag) and I have 9 to take each morning and night....but you have a lot going on there. Hope things go well for you!
Conditions: Fibromyalgia, Myofascial Pain, Chronic Pelvic Pain (with permanent muscle damage), Femoralacetabular Impingement (CAM and Pincer), Reynauds, IBS, Surgical Adhesions, Ophthalmic Migraines, Severe Hot Flashes (both Surgical Menopause and medication related), plus physically unable to vomit due to the Nissen, and I have extremely tiny veins with a lot of scar tissue...a joy when it comes to having to give blood or get an IV started

Surgeries: Appendix, Uterus, Nissen Fundoplication for GERD, Left Ovary, Gallbladder, Right Ovary, TVT

Medications: Oxycontin, Cesamet, Tramacet, Cymbalta, Flexeril and Clonidine plus Laxaday, Vitamin D and a Multi-Vitamin daily


michelleAddison13
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   Posted 5/14/2010 8:01 AM (GMT -7)   
i have this problem a lot... it's hormonal imbalances for me, and i've dropped 25lbs in a month without even thinking about it... easiest thing for me to get down is fruit smoothies, which are super nutritious too... you can even make them really thick with frozen bananas so they have the texture of melty ice cream... my favorite is frozen bananas, blueberries, a dash of coconut water, and some cinnamon and/or ginger (which also helps nausea!) sometimes i'll throw in a little green powder too for extra vitamins... when i was underweight these helped me gain some back :)

good luck

straydog
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   Posted 5/14/2010 8:09 AM (GMT -7)   
My gastro has me drink Breeze's made by Boost. I cannot stand any of the milk type drinks, like Ensure or Boost. I do have to order these online and they are a little pricey but well worth the money. They are a fruit type drink and excellent served very cold, most of the time when I am hospitalized because of crohns flares and eating is out of the question they always have these. They are a great source of vitamins and minerals. With absorption problems these really do help me a lot.

I am surprised that you are able to take your meds with so little food in your stomach, careful that this does not cause another problem. It is no fun dealing with gut problems. Take care.
 

crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & psoriasis and psoratic arthritis. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 17 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.

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