Hello, I have been at HW Prostate Cancer since 2008, also use to post regular at HW Chronic Pain.
Need some general help and advice, it's possible I may have Crohn's, still waiting for test results.
I have dropped from 223 lbs. to 159 lbs. since January 2nd of this year. A loss so far of 64 lbs. I am male, age 61, and 5'8". I am dealing with advanced prostate cancer as well.
From January through March, I started having a greatly reduced appetite, but was still eating 1-2 a day. Starting losing weight. From April till current, I have no appetite, and I mean none, zero, zip. There is never a time I feel hungry or desire food.
I do most of the cooking since my wife works, and even shopping for food, cooking, etc., no longer triggers any response of hunger with me. If it were not for my wife coming home nightly waiting for dinner, I honestly might not eat for days at the time.
Finally took it up with my PCP. He was deeply concerned about such a drastic weight loss, especially since I was not dieting, taking diet pills, or exercising. He did regular blood work on me, thyroid's, etc, but didn't see anything striking. So he referred me to a good gastro doctor.
Just this morning, I had the upper scoping (can't remember the name) and my 2nd colonoscopy in less than 2 years. The first one, in 2012, they found a lot of polyps and removed them, none were cancerous.
We are waiting for results. He took 4 samples to biopsy. One in my stomach, two in the colon, and not sure where the 4th was taken from. He also removed new polyps which had grown in that gap from last time.
He's ordered stomach, colon, and chest/lung CAT scans, these have not been done yet.
In passing, he mentioned Crohn's to my wife while I was in the recovery room. Neither of us know much about it, even with my wife being a nurse.
Could this total loss of appetite and severe weight loss be tied to Crohns"?
I should add, that I went through a period like this at the end of 2012. Total loss of appetite. Went on for about 2 months, lost 25+ lbs. But it faded away on its own. The gastro doctor at the time said he couldn't find anything wrong, but he based that on the scoping only, no other testing.
I am not anorexic, I am not depressed. I simply lost all sense of appetite. Prior to today's tests, due to how they had me prep for nearly 2 days in advance, I had not eaten a bit of anything in over 60 hours. Even when we got home from the hospital, I had to force myself to eat a small portion of Cream of Wheat, but really didn't want it. It still managed to cramp me up real bad.
Sorry this is so long. Just wanted you to see the background of what I have been dealing with.
Is this possibly a crohn's case in the making? And what can I do to help myself? I haven't weighed this little since I was 20 years old, so its starting to get scary.
Thanks in advance,