Nausea, Hunger Pain, Fainting?

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misslfi
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   Posted 5/16/2011 1:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I was wondering if anyone else has any of these symptoms and knows what the cause is. I was diagnosed with IBS a few years ago but now they seem to think it might be something else. I've had ultrasound, blood tests and colonoscopy and all have come back normal.

I have many symptoms I think most people with IBS suffer however, the symptoms I am finding most difficult at the moment is I get an intense hunger pain, despite eating and not being hungry at all, I feel so hungry I feel as though I have to eat immediately or I will pass out. I become very dizzy and weak and need to lay down, I have passed out from these episodes and shook. I have managed to eat something when I have these episodes but it makes no difference at all, so I don't think it is actual hunger, thats the only thing I can liken it to.

Does this sound similar to anyone else's experience? Could anyone advise me on how to help with this in particular? I'm finding it really hard to get out and about as it seems to happen with little warning, can't really find a pattern to it, any advice would be so appreciated!

kazbern
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   Posted 5/16/2011 7:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Pregnancy did that to me. Also maybe low blood sugar.
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48 yrs old, IBD diagnosis in spring '01. Proctitis, gastritis, ileitis.
Currently taking Pentasa (3g/day), Sulfazine (1.5 g/day), Prevacid, folic acid, vit. D (2K iu), flax seed oil (2 tsp/day), mesalamine enema as needed.

misslfi
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   Posted 5/17/2011 6:05 AM (GMT -7)   
hmm i dont think I could be pregnant, it actually seems to be much more prominent during my period so maybe it could be hormonal?

I've been told my blood sugar is fine. The gastro said something about it possibly having an autonomic cause, but all i can gather from that is that the nerves aren't acting right, or maybe blood pressure. I'm pretty confused about it but im sure after more tests they'll shed some more light, I was just wondering if it happened to many other people

kazbern
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   Posted 5/17/2011 6:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I fainted once while having blood drawn. A friend was studying neurology at that time and mentioned that some people just faint when a certain thing happens to them. Hit a guy's funny bone, down he goes. Another one sees blood, out like a light. Maybe it's like that for you. For me, during that blood draw I was on a 12 hour fast, had my period and the phlebotomist missed my vein. Several times in a row. My head hit the table they pull across your lap just as I was saying "Can I have some orange juice?" It was a nasty, nasty feeling to faint. I was covered in sweat and had to undress just to dry myself off. Yuck. Now I tell every phlebotomist that if they aren't confident in their ability to find my vein on the first try, I prefer someone else. In 20 years since starting that process I've had one back off and the others have done just fine, and I have never fainted again.
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48 yrs old, IBD diagnosis in spring '01. Proctitis, gastritis, ileitis.
Currently taking Pentasa (3g/day), Sulfazine (1.5 g/day), Prevacid, folic acid, vit. D (2K iu), flax seed oil (2 tsp/day), mesalamine enema as needed.

misslfi
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   Posted 5/18/2011 2:53 AM (GMT -7)   
That sounds horrible, you poor thing. I think you may be right. I think something happens in my body and then it just shuts down, I just can't get to the part where I understand why! Its just pretty annoying on top of the other symptoms as getting out and about is difficult enough, and I never know when its going to hit. I've been lucky that its happened at home or friends places, although recently it happened in public in a shopping mall where I felt absolutely fine trying on a garment in the fitting room, and then all of a sudden the intense hunger feeling hit and I was gone. I was just so lucky the staff in the shop were so lovely (and that I had redressed from trying the top on, that could have been more embarrassing!) Hopefully it will just be a phase and eventually wear out...fingers crossed!

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   Posted 5/18/2011 3:41 PM (GMT -7)   
It could be low blood sugar. You problem sounds a lot like mine. Unless you've checked it while you you feeling bad, it would be hard to tell. A 4 hour glucose tolerance test usually shows reactive hypoglycemia but it can be awful. Docs usually use the 4 hr GTT to check for diabetes so they will tell you the test is normal even if your blood sugar dropped really low during the test. Many people can go low without symptoms but if you go low or drop suddenly and have symptoms such as yours, you probably have reactive hypoglycemia.

You don't even need to diagnose it to treat it. Treatment is through diet. You need to eat something about every two hours from when you get up until you go to sleep. Every meal/snack should have some protein, fat, and complex carbs. Stay away from pasta, potatoes, bread, deserts, and fruit at first. Don't drink anything with sugar. Keep a snack handy in case you wake up in the middle of the night and eat it even if you aren't hungry. Eat every two hours even if you aren't hungry. Keep your meals and snacks small so you don't gain weight. I carry walnuts or almonds to snack on when I am out of the house.

If this diet helps, you probably have reactive hypoglycemia, low blood sugar. It might take up to a week to feel better. My hypoglycemia is worse before my period and when I am really stressed.

Giving up pasta, bread, etc. is difficult but you should know in about a week if it is helping. After you get your body used to eating like this, your blood sugar should become more stable so you can (carefully, and only occasionally) eat some high glycemic foods (bread, pasta, etc). Always eat protein and fat when you eat carbs.

misslfi
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   Posted 5/19/2011 5:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you so so much. This is so helpful to me. My diet at the moment is very high sugar and high carbohydrate. I practically live off of plain bread and pasta as they're foods my stomach can handle, I also drink so my lemonade as it calms my nausea. I'm suppossed to be eating lots of high calorie foods as I'm a little bit underweight since I got ill, my doctor said he shouldn't really prescribe soda and ice cream but in my case he thinks it will help bulk me up and might give me more energy. He also told me to eat something sugary when these episodes come on but it doesn't help at all.

What you've said really seems to fit with whats happening to me, and I've never had it checked when I'm feeling bad. I am definitely going to try what you say, it seems to fit exactly with what I'm feeling, I think its definitely worth trying as what I've tried eating so far definitely hasn't helped me. Thank you so much for your advice I really appreciate it.

Dagger
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   Posted 5/19/2011 10:53 PM (GMT -7)   
You might find that this helps your IBS. My acid reflux went away when I started eating this way. If you can tolerate them, nuts would be a great snack for you. They are high in calories but low in carbs.

I hope you can find foods that help you regulate your blood sugar and don't bother your digestion. It can be rough,
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