In the last year, I’ve tried to avoid over-analyzing all the random symptoms I have, and just focused on diet/lifestyle/exercise/sleep. But in the last week I developed really strong heartburn, to the point where I felt chest pressure and felt that interfered with breathing. It’s bothersome enough that I have to see a doctor about it.
I’ll probably see some kind of GI specialist, but because I have strange constellation of issues, I suspect they’ll just me a PPI/H2 inhibitor and show me the door. If anyone here could point me towards some tests I should ask for, or a possible theory of what’s going on, that would be huge for me.
Until the heartburn started, I never “felt” my stomach. I could eat a pile of garbage and have no sensation. Perhaps I’ve always had heartburn, but only now I’ve improved enough to feel it?
Takes me a long time to feel hunger, if I feel it at all. I also don’t really feel satiety. (Similar to this post)
Recent stool tests show no parasites, no SIBO, no inflammation, but it did show malabsorption of fats and carbs.
Large, pale stools with undigested particles. I’ve also noticed fat in stools.
After eating, I feel cold instead of nourished. (I used to feel brainfogged after eating, but that’s gotten better).
Hard to gain weight – if I’m not careful, I gradually just lose weight over time.
Globus sensation – a feeling of muscle tightness and discomfort in the throat.
I get hoarse quickly, it’s hard to raise and project my voice.
Chronic sinusitis / always stuffy nose for about two years now.
High calorie, very little gluten and diary (if at all), no processed food or added sugars. In a typical day, I would eat
Breakfast: Chia pudding/oatmeal mix with berries and nuts
Lunch: 4-5 scrambled eggs with frozen vegetables
Afternoon: Avocado/banana/spinach smoothie with BCAAs or hemp protein and l-glutamine.
Typical dinner: Oven-baked salmon with rice, broccoli, green beans, kimchi, sweet potatoes, carrots
I’m not asking anyone to play doctor, but I know that some of you have dealt with GI issues, so I’m hoping to tap into some of that knowledge.
Yes, I have spent many years with various ppi’s and h2 blockers and can tell you it is not a solution. I maybe would not even go down that path.
I was diagnosed twice with eosinophilic esophagitis this was based on biopsies from endoscopies.
Its considered an inflammatory immune or allergic condition of the esophagus.
Clinically they would treat with ppis or swallowing nasal steroids.
The inflammation could be affecting your sinuses as well idk.
Its been the same case with me.
Among everything bothering me, its not something that I notice that much specifically. It is something they did though. The first time the gi dr said it wasn’t normal just looking at it before the biopsy even came back.
They put you to sleep though, or make you pretty out of it. Similar to a colonoscopy, They just start from the other direction.
They might recommend it if you have never had one done.
I do want to elaborate, as you linked toward my comment in the original post, that this lack of appetite has become less prominent for me. I have better feelings of hunger these days and am able to gain a little bit more weight, even though I am still a skinny person and all gained weight seemingly goes exclusively to my tummy, but I guess that’s normal. Can I ask how old you are @M_C? Now that I’m 31 I think my body is maturing more and I think it is showing in my metabolism. Perhaps it’s best not to worry too much about your lack of hunger feelings and focus more on having a good eating rhythm with enough meals a day.
I don’t know anything about you, but if you are also suffering from some kind of depression problem, like I did in the past, then that may also contribute to chronic lack of appetite. When I started feeling better I also had more appetite. That said, there are still days where I skip a meal simply because I’m not hungry enough, but I do snack more these days than I used to.
Your mention of heartburn does sound like there might be something up, so best check with a doctor. But then again this sort of thing could also be the result of lingering stress or anxiety that you may or may not be fully conscious of. I personally have no knowledge about these drugs you mentioned.
I’m 37. But I’ve been feeling like this ever since I got PFS in 2010.
I have anhedonia, so that could contribute for sure. I’m not sure if I’d consider “appetite” the same as “feeling hunger”, though. I consider appetite the desire and enjoyment for food, while hunger feeling is a specific sensation located in the stomach area. I can enjoy food, it just takes a long time to get that hungry feeling.
Absolutely. With the chance of impaired GABA and Allopregnanolone, I might be constantly stressed even with minimal stimuli. But I don’t know what more I can do on this front - I got reduced hours at work, and meditate every day…
They shoot you up or iv you with something that still makes you pretty out of it. You probably wont even remember the procedure.
Swallowing problems or heartburn arent really on the top of my list for things that bother me, and the ppis brought about their own sides. I never really maintained any treatment with the steroids though.
I was also diagnosed with mild gastritis.
Hey man, I was wondering, any improvements on the lack of appetite/ satiety - the feeling of never “feeling” your stomach? I’m currently in that same boat, been about 3 weeks already since I got off the medication, and I still don’t have an appetite (feel hunger) have to remind myself to eat etc… Scary stuff. @M_C