Post # 1
Ok. so I dropped about 40 pounds from stress over the winter/spring and life is sane again now, but I literally NEVER have an appetite any more. It’s awful – I’ll cook big elaborate dinners with all of my favorite stuff in it, and I’ll get through a few bites and not be able to eat any more. I *feel* hungry all the time, but can’t seem to get a full meal down and it’s driving me crazy. I can’t afford to lose any more weight (5′ 11″ / 122 lbs) and it seems like nothing will do the trick. I couldn’t even finish a popsicle yesterday. Have any of you ever experienced anything like this, and if so, what was causing it and how did you deal with it? I used to have curves up the wazoo and now I just look like a skinny boy!
Post # 3
@ErinBlue: Hmm, that sounds a little worrisome! I lost some weight due to stress as well, but once the stressful time (a job in my case) had passed, my appetite got a little better and I stopped dropping the weight. It took a bit of time for my body to reset, and while it never did completely, I’m as close to normal as I’ll get I think. It might be helpful to talk to a nutritionist!
Post # 4
@ErinBlue: This definitely seems like something you should see a doctor about – 122lbs at 5’11” is a very unhealthy BMI, especially since you’ve lost your curves and probably muscle tone as well.
Post # 5
@Audrey2_sings: My cousin is a nutritionist, I’ll definitely talk to her next time I see her – it’s a relief to hear you’re starting to get your appetite back though, this is driving me nuts!
@AmyFarrahFowler: (LOVE your screen name btw) yeah, I never had much muscle tone but it’s just way too much weight to lose when I’m this tall, I look like a stork!!!
Post # 6
I had similar weight loss and appetite issues when I was in the midst of a breakdown. I finally had to be treated for anxiety and panic, and it took about a year but I was able to put the weight back on again. It was scary because after losing weight so suddenly I thought something must be really wrong. Well so did my doctor. I don’t want to scare you but they tested me for all sorts of cancers as well because I was having night sweats and the weight loss. So just go to the doctor and they can rule out anything big a scary, and then help treat you for the appetite issue.
Post # 7
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
A friend of mine went through something similar. She went through some stomach emptying tests to make sure food wasn’t just sitting there…she ended up being diagnosed with gastroperesis. For mild cases medication will help. But honestly I really don’t want to speculate much and get you worried. Talk to a doctor only a professional will be able to give you a proper diagnosis.
Post # 8
Go to the doctor and get checked out just in case. It’s likely that your stomach has just shrunk because you didn’t eat a lot for ages. You most likely will just have to eat until you are uncomfortably full on a regular basis until it expands to a reasonable size again.
If you can’t keep food down and you are throwing up. That’s another situation. Definitely see the doctor.
Post # 9
I would see a doctor. That doesn’t sound normal at all.
Post # 10
You have got to go to the doctor. You already know that you are underweight for your height (I am the same height). Please please please see someone ASAP. A few bites cannot be getting you the nutrition you need.
Post # 11
Thanks ladies:) I’m pretty sure it’s not a major physical illness, but I will definitely schedule an appointment with the doc in the morning and update when I know what’s up!
Post # 12
Back around november I started to freak out.. .I had a panic attack about getting married – (my wedding is a year away and I love my FI to death). For me it just suddenly seemed so big and scary and if I/we failed, I didn’t think I could handle that.
I dropped about 20 pounds in 2-3 weeks… I felt sick from hunger all the time, but couldn’t eat anything. Similar to you, I’d get a couple bites in and then feel full. The next morning I’d feel nauseous from being starved but couldn’t do anything about it.
What helped me (and obviously not the solution for everyone) I went to my family doctor and he gave me the lowest of low doses of an anti-anxiety med. I want to say it was call apo-sertraline or something like that. The first week on them was HARD because it takes about that long to get used to them so in that time, I couldn’t sleep at all. I went days without sleep. Which made anxiety worse. But by day 7 or 8, I slept, and I started eating again, and soon felt normal again. (I’ve also been seeing a therapist tho too).
After 2 months, I went off the meds, and I’ve been fine without them. I just needed help getting through that hurdle, and now I’m great again.
That was my experience… I was always very anti-medication… I took them only as long as I felt I needed, and then got off them again.