A Less Common Symptom? Pseudo Hunger

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Count Tuscany
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   Posted 3/21/2013 8:44 AM (GMT -7)   

I've noticed that all the while, before and after my Crohns DX, I've had issues with violent hunger attacks. By this I mean:

1. No warning. By the drop of the hat, the hunger arrives full force
2. Sometimes I may have eaten 1 hour ago, all be it something small, and the hunger attack is right back
3. I've noticed it through a variety of diets of differing degrees (gluten-free, SCD, clear liquids). It does seem slightly less pronounced with the clear-liquids diet though
4. Accompanied by more than a fair share of bloating/gas. nono blush

Any ideas are appreciated. Thanks.

Post Edited (Count Tuscany) : 3/21/2013 11:43:18 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 3/21/2013 10:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Count Tuscany,
The same thing happens to me, and I plan to talk to my doc about it at my next visit. I am suspecting that I am having hypoglycemia attacks. I especially have to make sure I eat 30-45 minutes prior to exercising, or I get shaky and starving. I know I'm not diabetic. This is a new symptom for me, and I'm not sure why it's happening.
54 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's in terminal ileum Sept-Oct. 2007. Also have GERD and IBS, gastroparesis (Dx. with c.difficile 1/12- now resolved)

MEDS: Pentasa- 6 500mg pills per day, Dexilant, Metamucil, colace, miralax as needed, Culturelle probiotics .25 xanax for sleep prn

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   Posted 4/2/2013 9:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I actually get really sick if I feel hungry. I eat a couple of bites of fruit or jello and feel better!

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   Posted 4/3/2013 5:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I get that sometimes too! I try to snack on low-calorie and easily digested foods, especially at night, like a banana, smoothie, or pretzels. It is so weird, because the other half of the time I have like no appetite at all. I guess it helps maintain my weight, but I really have no idea why. Are you gaining weight from eating so much? If not, I would say it is food your body needs. It woulnd't hurt to have some blood tests done to check you sugar levels, etc.
29 year old female with a husband and son.
Diagnosed with CD in January of 2005.
Currently on Remicade.

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   Posted 4/3/2013 10:18 AM (GMT -7)   
I am in the same boat as you are. I have gained weight from this and I am usually a very active person. I also feel SO SICK if I don't have something in my stomach. Have you gained?

Count Tuscany
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   Posted 4/3/2013 11:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the replies everyone.

I have not noticed much prolonged weight gain or weight loss on myself. I don't feel it happens consistent enough for a long term trend in change of weight.

However, I tend to fluctuate between 160-180 lbs through a calendar year, so I have not tracked this in a detailed enough fashion to make much of it.

I know that sometimes, when I'm flaring, it can get worse, so not sure about that one either. confused
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