Hunger Pains and Feeling of an Empty Stomach

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   Posted 2/22/2007 3:08 AM (GMT -7)   
For the last few days Ive had this really strange feeling on the pit of my stomach.  Its like a hunger feeling but that my stomach is hollow and empty.
I am getting this even after eating and can't understand it.  I feel like I need to eat as my stomach feels empty.
I'm not usually like this and can't understand what it could be.

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   Posted 2/22/2007 8:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Victoria,
I've had that before. It's really only happened to me when I was having issues with heartburn. Contrary to what people say, I'm the type of person that can drink a glass of milk to cure my heartburn (usually). So, when that empty pit feeling of hunger arose, when I knew I wasn't hungry, I'd chug a glass of milk. I could feel the milk coat everything as it went down. As soon as it hit my stomach that feeling would leave me. It may sound odd, but that's what worked for me.
I know lots of people can't have milk... And maybe were not even experiencing the same feeling.   confused   How long does it take for your stomach to stop feeling this way? Usually it takes the brain like 20 minutes to register that it has food in it.

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   Posted 2/22/2007 9:08 AM (GMT -7)   
I get really hungry sometimes right after I have attacks and have been in the bathroom a couple of times even though I ate dinner less than an hour before

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   Posted 2/22/2007 10:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Do you still have a gall bladder? Someone at work told me that she had read that gall bladders help regulate our feelings of fullness and that when they're gone, we have problems regulating our appetites. Sometimes I can eat and eat and eat and not feel full, or even still feel hungry. And sometimes I'm not hungry at all. Unfortunately, I have a lot more hungry days than non-hungry days (my co-worker eats like a bird and is about the size of one, so she apparently gets more of the not-hungry days than the other way around).

The other thing to look into (besides what Lil mentioned) is stomach transit time. Maybe you are having gastric dumping? If you look it up online, you'll find that it's mostly associated with people who have had gastric bypass or even the lap band, but it can occur naturally too. Even if you're not dumping, you can have a transit time that is still too fast. This can happen naturally, or medicines can cause it. Reglen, for one, is made to empty the stomach, and someone was telling me recently that it's also prescribed to people whose bowels move too slowly too. I don't know how Zelnorm works, but it may also speed up digestion in the stomach, as well as in the intestines.

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   Posted 2/22/2007 4:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I guess another option would be your hormone levels. My sister has hormone problems and as a result her body craves food (especially carbs) and she doesn't know when she's full... so she's always hungry. It may seem a little far-fetched for you, but it couldn't hurt to consult your doc (or an Endocrinologist).
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   Posted 11/12/2012 10:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I have the exact same problem... What is the answer? :(

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   Posted 2/1/2013 10:51 AM (GMT -7)   
I can't give you a professional diagnosis since I'm not a doctor... But I am very similar. What I can tell you personally is yes, you are hungry, even verging on the edge of starvation. You may experience such hunger pains that you become nauseous and ill. You may wonder "why the hell are you trying to tell me I'm starving when I've just eaten", right? Well it's simple, your body is craving, something everyone experiences. When your body isn't getting the proper Vitamins and minerals it becomes 'starved'. Not starved like, empty stomach, but starved as in it desperately trying to get more of the goods in it so it can function. You're body is its own stomach and needs its own food (If that makes any sense). The food you choose to eat is purposed to give you energy, but you can't forget your body needs its energy! I usually find fruit salad cures me from my stomach problems, but there's a whole range of different needs which some medications can help aid... it's just the whole problem of figuring out what!!! Hope I helped!

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   Posted 2/1/2013 10:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had this on and off for 5 years! I also have burning sometimes in my stomach and the hunger/gnawing pain is worse then. I found out I had some gastritis in an endoscopy last year. That could be it, or I also thinking I'm suffering from some functional dyspepsia condition. The gnawing pain happens before, during, and after meals. It really annoying!

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   Posted 3/3/2014 10:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I am also suffering from same empty stomach problem after every 2 hours of eating since last 5 months. I had underwent the bone TB disease operation and took medicines for 16 months and strong herpes for 4 months. If any one know some thing please guide me.Endoscopy and sonography is also done. But nothing was there in the stomach. tried allopathy , homeopathy ,and aruvedic medicines. Not cured.

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   Posted 3/4/2014 12:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Like G k bhatnagar, I too have experienced similar, mine was related to HSV2. IBS diagnosed originally, but in actuality, Herpes Colitis, diagnosis required a biopsy that was tested specifically for Herpes. The severe, systemic reaction, in my case, due to HCP, a type of porphyria ( this one required a DNA test) gets "triggered" by assaults to the neurological/immune system. Needless to say, it really didn't care for an incurable neurological virus! It took years of searching and advocating, the best medical specialists in America, and probably divine help to finally get all the right tests to answer the underlying "why" to the symptoms I was experiencing. I totally altered my eating, and tweak my foods to fit what is happening. My system gets disrupted every time I am exposed to a cold, whether I have immunity or not. And if I catch a bad cold, look out! My system flares up with every HSV type, shingles rash, mouth sores, neurological pain, and my entire gastrointestinal system is a total mess! All from HSV2, infection was almost 10 years ago!

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   Posted 7/25/2014 12:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Have to admit I am the same as shrtcak81. I have no problem eating and am suffering from no disorders. I do not have any real pains except this empty feeling in my stomach. After eating sometimes it goes away, sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes taking a drink helps also but again I'm not an alcoholic. Anybody the same as me or can suggest a remedy? Is it stress related at all? I've had it 3 years now. Would appreciate answer.

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   Posted 2/18/2015 7:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi i too suffer from hunger pain before..i ate rice and drink pro biotics like yakult and i works for mo now the hunger pain is gone i thinks rice really ease the hunger feeling cause i takes time to digest in our stomach..
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