nausea & loss of appitite

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   Posted 4/14/2007 1:39 PM (GMT -6)   
     I was wondering if anyone could help me with my problem? For the last six months I have had a loss of appitite and nauses. It all started with a medical problem that as of yet is not resolved. It's all I think about all day. I am in pain most of the time so that does't help either. So for I've lost 14 pounds and now this is causing me even more anxiety. I seem to always be worrying about my health, and now this stomach thing is just making matters worse. Thank you for any help or advice. I'm just so tired of all this. I really loved eating before all this, and now I don't even want my favorite foods.
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   Posted 4/14/2007 1:46 PM (GMT -6)   

I sympathise, stomach problems are one of the few things I havent had

get a self help book on how to stop worrying and follow its advice

anxiety sufferers often pay too much attention to their bodies, youe stomach may well work better if you can learn to ignore it

our bodies werent intended to be constantly monitored and worried about by us

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   Posted 4/14/2007 1:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Stress and anxiety can most definitly cause a nervous stomach. Believe it or not, your guts have a huge network of nerves called the enteric nervous system that far exceeds the number and complexity of your central nervous system. Its the reason people say they have a "gut feeling", and its also the reason why our mental state can drastically affect our digestive system. I would speak with your doctor about this, as it seems you may need to start treating your stress about your health and the resulting anxiety before this problem can go away. I feel for you though, I've been though that and its miserable, especially for people like us who live to eat!!! :)
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   Posted 4/15/2007 4:29 AM (GMT -6)   

What's the medical problem that's not resolved? My anxiety started getting bad when I had a medical problem that I thought wasn't resolved when it actually was. It took so long to diagnose, though, that I started getting really bad anxiety issues (atypical panic attacks) that sound not unlike yours. I had bloating, nausea, a total loss of appetite, etc. And when you don't eat, of course your stomach's not going to feel comfortable and that WILL add to your anxiety. It becomes something of a vicious circle. Those were some bad days. At the beginning of it I went through a two month period in which I could only eat saltine crackers and lost 40 pounds during that time.

I think what Harry says is true, but the problem is it's almost impossible to ignore nausea. Well, at least for me it was. Sure, I can ignore mild nausea but anything more than that and it's pretty much un-ignorable. Other than your brain, that's the core of your body right there.

Anyway, what Ali says mirrored what my doctor finally said to me: There are a LOT of nerves in the stomach/GI system and anxiety loves to make a home there. They finally stopped running tests on my GI tract and eventually I was treated for anxiety/panic. I haven't had a really bad stomach episode since. I've had some minor episodes but they've been pretty easy to talk myself out of, and by that I mean once I could clear my mind my stomach would feel better. I didn't ignore it, exactly...I just tell myself that it's anxiety and the discomfort quickly - or sometimes gradually - disappears.

Since I'm not sure what your unresolved problem is (and since I'm not a doctor), I don't know what to tell you. You may consider asking your doctor for an anxiety med and see what he says. My lay opinion would be that decreasing your anxiety level would help your stomach problem at least a little, and if your "unresolved" issue isn't stomach related it may actually help you a lot.

Good luck.

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   Posted 4/15/2007 9:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Debaser is spot on here
Check with your doc hun there may be problems there or it may be the a/p is causing all of this
Be careful please I went to 88 lbs and had to be tube fed
Not a fun thing at all
Drink plenty of fluids nd perhaps try some ensure milkshakes or boost
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   Posted 4/15/2007 12:54 PM (GMT -6)   
My medical problem, is that last October I went to a Chiropracter to get an adjustment,after the 2nd adjustment I was in the worst pain in my neck & back. I have been in & out of urgent care & the emergency room trying to find out what is wrong. The pain got so bad I couldn't handle it anymore, so I put myself into a behavioral health hospital, where the Dr. put me on Neuronton., so far that's helping a little, but I still have many bad days. At first I was told that I probably had Fibromyalgia, last week I finally saw a new Dr. who agreed with me that I needed an MRI. Now I'm happy that somebody is finally listening to me, but scared about the results of the MRI. Scared what they will find & scared that where do I go from here if they don't find anything? My naseua also started with that 2nd adjustment, has has come off & on since then. I am always worried if not about my neck & back, then about my stomach. I don't know if there is a nerve preesing somwhere in my spine causing all this or anxiety, or something more serious. I also have some motion sickness which I did not have before this adjustment. So I feel like I have alot to worry about.Hopefully, answers will come soon, so that I can calm down.
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   Posted 4/15/2007 1:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry to hear all that. If you have a lot of intense pain I'm sure the MRI will show something. While anxiety could cause pain, I doubt it could cause pain like you're describing. That's a lay opinion, of course. The good thing is they've gotten a lot better about fixing spine problems in recent years, so I would assume there's hope for you once they identify the problem. The stomach? I don't know. Pain could certainly cause anxiety, and that can definitely cause nausea. Some pain meds can also cause nausea. Motion sickness is an inner ear thing, I believe, but when I had my atypical panic attacks (nausea, bloating, dyspepsia) I found riding in a car or a train to be nearly unbearable at times. You could try a little dramamine for the nausea whether you're traveling or not, but do try to take it as little as possible. The dramamine is both an anti-emetic and something of a tranquilizer. It'll calm your stomach and make you sleepy. A pharmacist recommended that I take it in case I had nausea side-effects from other drugs, so I assume it's safe to take. Just don't overdo it. I don't know what Neuronton is...definitely ask a pharmacist about possible interactions before trying Dramamine. But if you can take it, it may help you get through the worst of times until your medical team can identify and treat your real problem.

Also, a lot of doctors scoff at regular old Pepto Bismol, but I have found it helps with a nervous stomach after eating. Antacids like rolaids or maalox may help, too.

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   Posted 4/15/2007 1:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for you input. This has all been so stressful,as it took all the drs. so long to even believe I was in as my pain as I said I was.It was until they did a bone scan that they saw some things wrong that could have caused my pain. The reason I was thinking the nausea might be coming from my back is that sometimes when I have it when I change positions it seems to go away ,but sometimes that doesn't help either. I think way too much!!!.I wish I could stop doing that, but I just can't. Now that my mobility is so limited & I can't work anymore all I have is way too much time on my hands to worry about everything even more. What a visous cycle I've made for myself. I don't do anything anymore. I used to walk 3 miles a day, work, drive and work alot in my yard. Today I can do a few more things, that I could do 6 months ago, but long walks and driving are still out of the question. So everyday when I wake up my first thoughts are how dependent I am on other people to help me out. I do still try everyday to do alittle more that I did they day before, but usually I pay for that the next day.I know I have so much anxiety about whether this is a temporary problem or a permanente situation. My anxiety is so much based on the future,which I know is really stupid. I see a phsycolgist once a week to try and help me with all of this. It seems to help a little. She says that long term anxiety can trash up your stomach, so I do know it's true, but that doesn't do away with my worry. I am constantly jumping on the scales to check my weight, then if I've lost more then I worry more. Then I try too hard to eat more then I make myself sick to my stomach because I got too full, what a cycle. I am trying do drink at least one ensure a day and drink shakes.

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   Posted 4/15/2007 2:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh, yeah, if you haven't been eating you have to be VERY careful about how much you eat when you do. I'm still eating like a bird most of the time. But that's where the Pepto and antacids can come in and help out. You really do need to eat, and when you eat too much those are some pretty benign substances to help ease your stomach a little.

Too much time on your hands? I was never in the pain that you are, but I was mildly agoraphobic for a while. All I could do was sit around and think. When the thoughts became negative, it was a hard trap to get out of.

I can offer you a little advice, but they're just ideas and I don't know whether or not they'll make sense, so I hope others chime in (there are one or two RN's on the board).

1. You need to have a positive outlook on the future. I was never able to get that until I took Klonopin. There may be an appropriate drug for you, but if not, then you need to explain to your counselor that you want her to help you feel better about your future situation. Together I think you can accomplish that.

2. Nerves are crazy. There are a bunch of them in your spine, as you well know, and many of them are all wrapped up in your GI tract, too, as we've already discussed. You may consider talk to your orthopedic doc to see if it may be appropriate to add a neurologist into the equation. Perhaps he'll know something they don't.

In the meantime, to your best to maintain physically and do whatever you can to change your outlook on your future. The doctors, once they find the problem for sure and devise a plan, WILL help you. After that, who knows? You may be limited the rest of your life, or you may be better than you have been for years. If they're really successful you'll probably never have to see a chiropractor again, at least! Anyway, any good doctor or nurse will tell you that a patient's frame of mind needs to be positive in order to heal well. It won't be easy getting there, but do what you can to change the attitude. And be proactive with the doctors, too! Don't just follow orders blindly. Follow orders but know their logic! It'll help, believe me.

I hope you have a good day today.
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