no appetite, too lazy to eat??

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   Posted 10/4/2009 6:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey everyone,

More often than not I just don't feel like eating...even if I am feeling kind of hungry or I know I should eat because it has been a while, I just dont feel like eating. Almost as if I would rather just lie in bed than eat because the amount of energy it would take for me to eat a meal just wouldnt even be worth it. I feel like I'm too lazy to eat or something!! What should I do? Does anyone else feel this way??
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   Posted 10/4/2009 8:09 PM (GMT -6)   

Misscali,I think loss of appetite is fairly common.  Especially when flaring and fatigue is bad and eating requires the energy of preparing a meal and cleaning up after it.  Are you in flare?  I go for rice cakes, applesauce, fruit and cottage cheese, eggs and soup when I'm tired and have to do for myself.  When your activity is much reduced you don't need the same amount of "fuel" but you do need some - especially to regain some strength and energy.  If it's really persistent and you're losing weight - I'd consult with your rheumy.


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   Posted 10/5/2009 2:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Lucy,

I was wondering what to do in such situations, I have lost like 5 lbs over these past 2 weeks...and I was 115 before that...are there even medications that increase your appetite? I am already on the Depo Provera shot which is supposed to increase the appetite but didnt seem to have that side effect in me. Sometimes I put off taking my medication until the end of the day because I just dont feel like eating...which I know is really there any way I can get an appetite? My next rheumy appointment is not until December...
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   Posted 10/5/2009 5:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Nothing to make your appetite come back,but you need a certain amount of nutrients thru out the day. I know the feeling, I call it the 50lb. leg arm, even blinking seems to much. I keep lean cuisines in freezer,pop in microwave,sit when they cook,then go back to bed to eat them, with a bath towel over me, in case I miss my mouth. I always have a big thing of water with screw on top at bedside, with plastic grocery bags in nightstand drawer to tie up empties, and leave them till my husband gets home. Also I keep a box of protein bars, meal and snacks,that don't go over my protein limits, for days I can't even get to microwave. Sometimes it's hard to even blink,those days I reach for a bar,and eat it with my eyes closed. I always have an extra days supply of meds made up in one of those med containers,in my drawer so I don't have to worry about getting up even for that. Just some ideas, that work for me. If you keep feeling this way,and losing weight,please call your doctor. God Bless,Namaste Raven1954
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   Posted 10/14/2009 5:14 AM (GMT -6)   
i know the feeling :/ i also find myself (subconsciously?) avoiding food because of the GI problems that inevitably follow...

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   Posted 10/14/2009 1:20 PM (GMT -6)   
HI Miisscali! have you tried the ensure drinks they have alot of stuff in them to help keep your strength up I was in the medical field at one time we gave them to patients that where having trouble eating at least you would be getting some nourishment its important to try and gain some stength back I dont think they will make you gain weight but you sound pretty tiny hope this helps and you feel better soon I hate to hear your feeling so bad!.................nona
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   Posted 10/14/2009 9:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I know the feeling, and I haven't even lost weight. I eat a really regimened diet that is easy to prepare and supplement with vitamins when I can tolerate it. Some of the drinks have a lot of sugar or taste bad when you already dont feel like eating. I get a big box of baby salad greens washed and all and all I have to do is throw them in a bowl. Also I get romaine lettuce or leaf lettuce and eat that sometimes out of the box. If my belly can deal, I eat the baby carrots, all I have to do is grab the bag. I use a stainless steel pressure cooker to cook vegetables, so that is easy, just put them in with a little water and cook for a minute. Lately, I crave potatoes and I have been nuking baked potatoes once in a while. I don't go cheap on lunch meat, get it thick sliced and break it up on my salad or make a sandwich if Iam that energetic. I can always just eat it if I'm really out of sorts. But I get good turkey or roast beef or chicken or something. Fish and chicken can be kinda easy to cook too. Then there's fruit. I eat the same things alot due to nausea and other problems and eat plain food. Taking vitamins can help with the energy too. Oh, probiotic yogurt and cottage cheese, if you can, can help get you through. we do a lot of tuna fish and egg salad and hard boiled eggs.

I try to eat three times a day, sometimes barely eat one. I haven't lost any weight though. I drink a lot of water/ green tea, fresh orange juice and v8 splash. I try to avoid tv dinners and soup due to sodum and poor vitamins and they aren't as healthy,but sometimes chef boyardee cooks for me.
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   Posted 10/15/2009 6:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone, those are great tips...I am sort of feeling like that right upper back is hurting from fibromyalgia and I'm soo tired, my eyes are only half open right now (lol) you suggested I stocked up on easy to eat things...I got a bunch of those Naked Juices smoothies which are so yummy and have a lot of nutrients...and I made some frozen tortellini...this is making it much easier for me to deal with all of this own my own:) xxx
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