Does anyone else experience loss appetite?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Misdiagnosed, Jan 10, 2003.

  1. Misdiagnosed

    Misdiagnosed New Member

    Hi there

    Just wondering if any of you get turned off food - sometimes I'll go to the trouble of cookiing food and then can only eat a couple of mouthfuls. I just don't feel like eating, almost as if intestines and bowel are stagnant and don't won't anything put in them.

    I've been trying to eat smaller meals so I can get the nourishment as it's so critical to keeping the immune system supported. But the way I'm going I might have to go and get some of those meal replacement formulas and drink some of my meals. It's particularly bad in the evening.

  2. rbtheidmanhabs

    rbtheidmanhabs New Member

    Yes I am like that all the time.I think I may only eat a very small meal twice a week.The rest of the time I could care less.
  3. LuvMeCritters

    LuvMeCritters New Member

    I have the same problem, but mine is caused by depression. I've lost 48lbs. I'm back to the point where I eat something every day, but not like I should. I do take Proteinex to get the protein I need. It's OTC and I get it at my pharmacy. A meal replacement drink would be better I'm sure. Also, be sure to take a good daily vitamin. Are you on medications? They've been known to decrease appetites also. Good luck.

    Regina :)
  4. karen55

    karen55 New Member

    over the past year, I have "lost" my taste for meat. I have always mostly eaten chicken or turkey breasts anyway, not that fond of beef, but I have pretty much lost the desire to eat any meat. Most days I'm satisfied with salads, breakfasts, fruit, rice, eggs.
  5. Kathryn

    Kathryn New Member

    since I retired in August. I have always lost my appetite when I don't feel good. I usually eat one meal a day. Sometimes I will have a bowl of cereal & fruit in the morning, but not often. My weight seems to be stabilizing now. I think the initial loss had something to do with the Peanut Butter Cups that I no longer have with my morning coffee.
  6. PAT

    PAT New Member

    It is frustrating. My appetite fluctuates so badly, I never know from day to day if I will be able to eat much. There are times when I go through bad flares and it takes will power to make myself eat, and my friends and family start getting after me because I lose weight. Then when I feel better, and can eat again, I gain a few pounds back. So, I have two sets of clothes in my closet! The ones for the 100-110 pound me, another for the 110-120 pound me. It's crazy!

    When I'm in a lot of pain, I can't eat. Also when in a flare, the acid reflux acts up and I have trouble swallowing. Do you have heart burn? With me, it's not a burning reflux type of discomfort, but it feels like my esophugus is squeezing, and the food is stuck.
    Patti G
  7. layinglow

    layinglow New Member

    Yes...a very definite loss of appetite.
    Sometimes I can hardly stand the sight or smell of foods. They bring about instant waves of nausea.
    I try to eat several small meals daily, and take vitamins and supplements. Pain, fatigue, and malaise levels also greatly effect my appetite
    I understand what Pat was saying. Just trying to get the food down--(it feels stuck) is a tough problem.
  8. Carlacat

    Carlacat New Member

    I'd probably lose weight but I quit smoking so I'm making up for it in munching here and there. I look at food and it just doesnt look good.
  9. Shirl

    Shirl New Member

    Same here too. I could care less about food. But this is not new, I have had this 'attitude' since I was a child.

    I do take supplements, and also drink a can or two of Ensure a day.

    I do try to eat at least twice a day, but small meals, I could not eat a normal size meal if my life depended on it!

    A few cans of Ensure or equivalent type of food replacement would be helpful for you too.

    Shalom, Shirl
  10. Misdiagnosed

    Misdiagnosed New Member

    it's reassuring to know I'm not alone on this. I get a bit panicked because I know it can't help the condition, not to eat.

    It's exactly as some of you describe - feels like the food will get stuck, and the oesophagus is sort of squeezed.

    Jeepers, you would think the medical profession could,
    with all the current sophistication, develop a test that screens for chemical/hormone imbalance and treat
    accordingly. All these symptoms we get sound like central nervous system malfunctions to me.

    Thanks again for your feedback and support.

  11. pearls

    pearls New Member

    When I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, I had lost about 40 pounds because of loss of appetite. I got so skinny strangers would comment on it. The main reason I lost my appetite was acid reflux, which I had really bad for awhile.
  12. blessings

    blessings New Member

    I' have had acid reflux for years, was on medicine two years for it, then occasioaonaly would take antacids, and watch my diet...however..recently have had lot of testing done and am scheduled for a larangoscopy (again) because some to the tests show that there is now an artery involved. have lost 8 pounds due to not being able to eat properly, and have started ensure. That "sits' hard on my stomach too. My esophogus showed up on the sono-as being in bad shape..for years, my fm was sort of a 'catch basket' for most of my ailments. Now, there is a real problem.. or problems. This sort of confirm what I have thought all along.
    That with the diagnosis of fm, dr.s find it easy to throw symptoms in that direction. I am regretting allowing my md to do that. I am at a point of exhaustion and depression.
    I plead with you that are having reflux to get a specialist.
    In some cases the artery in the stomach will grow supplemental blood vessels, however, in my rare case, this has not happened, so dont depend on that to happen. wishing you the best. One clue is, does your stomach hurt After a meal? Blessings to you..
  13. synergy42

    synergy42 New Member

    What about teeth? I love drinking my meals, or eating hot cereal, or warm or cold puddings, or macaroni and cheese.

    Trouble is, I'm sure our teeth and gums need exercise.

    I have all my teeth. Except my wisdom teeth were pulled when I was 16. I'm having trouble with root pain and am working very hard on this problem. The periodontist wanted to do a gum graft, but I know this is terribly, terribly painful. And when he told me it would probably only last 4 years, I decided it was not worth it. So I am laboring on. If the sensitivity gets significantly worse, I will get the bad tooth/teeth pulled, and a partial plate, if I can afford one.

    I think the sensitivity has affected my appetitite.

    Anyway, my appetite is also way down.

    I'm hoping to move out of my isolated apartment, into a center for disabled people where meals are shared. I eat much better when there are other people around me. My concern here is that meals of this type can be so poor. Last night I lay awake for a few minutes trying to figure out how I would eat some of the food if I do this. Maybe I will get all these delicious sauces, and put them into used, empty pill containers, in a little carrying case. I'll label them -- bbq sauce, ketchup, mustard, hamberger relish, sweet n sour sauce, soy sauce, -- all these wonderful sauces you can find! Then, I will keep them in my frig. And take the little carry all to dinner. And use which ever one of my selection of 20 or so to douse on the horrible food!

    That is how I am feeling at the moment, anyway.

  14. Misdiagnosed

    Misdiagnosed New Member

    whilst a lot of you seem to have acid reflux, I can't say that I do - it's more like everything has stopped moving
    and doesn't want anything else to be ingested.

    I do have bad ibs with one side of my bowel in almost constant spasm - pulls all up the right side and round the right hip.

    Have just been reading a fascinating article on hormones. This Dr Roby from Texas suggests FM/CFS etc can all come from hormone imblance. Often the precursor to these conditions is over production of adrenalin which can induce loss of REM etc and then you become completely exhausted and develop our well known symptoms. I for one, have a history of hormone problems - were pretty bad for 4 years prior to FM dx. I can't explain it here but suggest you check out
    Dr Roby at the online allergy centre.

  15. nogilroy

    nogilroy New Member

    i also do not eat much mainling it is supper that i eat hardly ever snack . i think when i have ate a lunch it makes me sleepy and if i want to do huose work i do not want to be tierd . also when i am in a lot of pain the last thing i want to do is eat .