Loss of appetite

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kevinla
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   Posted 4/8/2009 7:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had stomach problems for the past five years. I had an endoscopy about 5 years ago and was diagnosed with gastritis and LPR.

Every few months I get a loss of appetite that lasts about a week. My only other symptom is mild constipation.

I know I probably should go to a docotor, but I don't want to get an endoscopy, which the doctor is going to always need, unless I really need it.

At what point should I be concerned and get an endoscopy.
 
Is frequent loss of appetite a symptom that is going to be chronic for someone with stomach problems that doesn't need a doctor's attention?
 
 

dencha
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   Posted 4/9/2009 6:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kevinla,
If you have a history of stomach problems, and are experiencing repeated episodes of loss of appetite, there is no doubt that you should see a doctor about your problems. You can't be sure they'll do an endoscopy, but if it's necessary, it's not something to run away from.

You don't want to hide your head in the sand. Either you have nothing serious, in which case, you can relax and not worry anymore, or you've got a problem that needs to be addressed, in which case you can get some relief!

I know that endoscopies are no fun, but they aren't all that bad.
Let your doctor decide what your symptoms point to, and put your mind at ease.

Good luck. Hope you feel better quickly!
Denise

colabear2890
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   Posted 4/11/2009 9:51 PM (GMT -6)   
hey! endoscopies aren't that bad, so don't worry about it. you're asleep for the whole thing. i've already have two, and a colonoscopy.

im actually having another one next week, since i haven't felt hungry in about a month and meds aren't helping it, so my gastro said i needed one immediately.

i was also scared for my first one, when i was 13, since i had never been put asleep before, but after that, it wasn't that bad. your throat is just a little sore after it.

soon you'll be a pro at it. lol. im 19 now, and i don't mind them at all, since im asleep.
maybe your doctor can give you some meds to relax before, because that might help. the only thing that hurts a bit is the iv, which just feels like a pinch for a second, and then you usually can't feel it anymore.

good luck

-Aliza
"never regret something that made you smile"


kevinla
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   Posted 4/14/2009 12:10 AM (GMT -6)   
I HATE being put to sleep!
 
The way I view having an endoscopy is:
 
A> I have stomach cancer.  I am 37 and this is VERY unlikely.  At my age probably not worth the few hundred dollar deductible I will have to pay to have the procedure.
 
B> I have a disorder that the physician can not do anything about.
 
It doesn't seem worth doing.

dencha
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   Posted 4/14/2009 8:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Just one more possibility that you haven't listed yet:

C>You have a precancerous condition that you CAN do something about.

Just a thought.
it's probably nothing serious, but it would be a good thing to get things checked out if they haven't been operating comfortably.
As a bonus, if there's nothing wrong, you won't have to worry about it any more.
Good luck with your decision.
Denise
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