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Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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Increased Appetite (Definition)

Increased appetite is a clinical finding in which a person feels more hungry than ...Read more


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I am experiencing feeling anxious and appetite changes (quality: increased appetite).

I am experiencing feeling anxious and appetite changes (quality: increased appetite).

Anxiety: Hi, Thank you for your question.

You could have depression/anxiety that you might feel better being treated.

Contact me if you have any other questions :-)
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I'm not hungry anymore! Heard you get less appetite, but only 73 years old!?

I'm not hungry anymore! Heard you get less appetite, but only 73 years old!?

Worth a checkup: You are right that just simply not being hungry is not something to ignore. There are several possible reasons. There could be a medical condition affecting your hunger, there could be something affecting your sense of smell (smell plays a large role in the enjoyment of food), or you could be depressed. In any event it is worth talking to your doctor. ...Read more

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No appetite for weeks. One meal per day not hungry at all. Working out daily lost 4 kgs in almost a week. What's wrong?

No appetite for weeks. One meal per day not hungry at all. Working out daily lost 4 kgs in almost a week. What's wrong?

Many possibilities: You may be hyperthyroid, have an underlying infection or tumor, may be depressed or have some other condition which has increased your basal metabolic rate while somehow suppressing appetite. You should see a primary care physician and be thoroughly evaluated asap. Good luck and best wishes for a rapid improvement. Do not take this to an er;. ...Read more

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I have a very big appetite I couldn't resist food even though I am not hungry. Currently I am 90kg over 170cm in height. What should I do to lose weight

I have a very big appetite I couldn't resist food even though I am not hungry. Currently I am 90kg over 170cm in height. What should I do to lose weight

See below: Resist food.
Simply put, the more calories you take in the more weight you will gain, so you have to decrease your consumption. ...Read more

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Have hunger pains not hungry what does it mean eat then and go away then it comes back like 30 40 minutes later?

Think gastritis: The symptoms you are describing are common in patients with peptic ulcer disease or significant inflammation of the stomach. The discomfort is often misinterpreted as hunger. Eating food buffers the stomach acid and provides temporary relief however stomach acid production increases resulting in worsening pain 30 minutes or so after meals. The fact that you take ibuprofen makes this more likely. ...Read more

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I get gnawing hunger pains and I know I'm not hungry. They keep me awake at night and miserable. What coukd be causing this?

I get gnawing hunger pains and I know I'm not hungry. They keep me awake at night and miserable. What coukd be causing this?

Stomach or not?: Lots of possibilities here, which can be addressed by a physical exam & appropriate testing. "Hunger pains" may mean cramping, nausea, gnawing, etc. You didn't localize your distress, nor provide enough specifics for a better targeted answer. Nevertheless, I would at least be concerned about an ulcer. ...Read more

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I have stop breastfeeding and I haven't been really having a appetite, do I still need to eat even thought I'm not Hungry.

Yes and no: As long as you are taking in adequate fluids to pee at least every 6 hours and are able to function well, you can probably listen to your body and let it "reset" your appetite to match your new circumstances. Multiple small balanced snacks over the day may do the trick rather than feeling you must follow a regular meal pattern. ...Read more

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@lunch, not hungry until I take a few bites. Nausea @ 4pm (so I snack). In evening, can't seem to get full! What can I do about messed up hunger signs?

@lunch, not hungry until I take a few bites. Nausea @ 4pm (so I snack). In evening, can't seem to get full! What can I do about messed up hunger signs?

Maybe Gastroparesis: Gastroparesis means a slow-emptying stomach. Causes may be mechanical (obstruction, or the stomach outlet narrowed from healing of past inflammation, treated by endoscopic dilation), post-inflammatory (due to swelling of the stomach lining from ulcers, treated with acid blockers), or neurologic (as with diabetes, treated with rx that stimulates motility--domperidone, erythromycin, Reglan, (metoclopramide) etc.) ...Read more

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I keep having severe hunger pains, but I'm not hungry! Has lasted 36 hours. Could it be too much acidity? . I've been drinking water all day.

I keep having severe hunger pains, but I'm not hungry! Has lasted 36 hours. Could it be too much acidity? . I've been drinking water all day.

Hunger pains: Stomach pains when you are not hungry suggests gastritis - and if you are taking Ibuprofen that can cause gastritis. A course of liquid antacids or h2 blockers (ranitidine) or ppi (omeprazole) can help. (and avoid the ibuprofen.). ...Read more

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Used to have big appetite not anymore. Never really hungry just have sweet/salty cravings even when not hungry. Normal endoscopy and blood work.?

Depression?: Loss of appetite may be a sign of depression especially if you have problem sleeping as well. The more important question is " are you losing weight"? If you are not, then you are merely substituting sugar and salty food for calories- not a healthy trend. If this fits your picture, I would recommend psychologic counselling. ...Read more

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On metformin two weeks, and have no appetite, have barely eaten anything - have a smoothie and salad daily or a smoothie and sandwich - am not hungry?

Stop metformin: Please call your doctor ASAP and consider stopping the metformin for now. Lactic acidosis is a potentially fatal side effect of metformin and new loss of appetite can be an early symptom. Labwork to check renal function is essential. B12 level is also a good idea since metformin can lead to deficiency in some patients. Could your depression also be affecting your appetite? Taking antidepressants? ...Read more

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Meds effect appetite by the time I take them I am not hungry hrs later I'm so hungry feel like I'm going to vomit. Protein shake ok or cause wgt gain?

Protein Shakes: It's not the protein as much as the calories in the shake. Not sure which meds you are on and why? If you have no choice but to take them, you might want to discuss your appetite problems with your doctor. A long term "liquid" diet is problematic in terms of maintaining adequate nutrition, unless you consult with a nutritionist first. I would get to the root of the problem and correct the meds. ...Read more

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Meds effect appetite by the time I take them not hungry hrs later so hungry feel like I'm going to vomit. Protein shake ok or cause weight gain?

Meds effect appetite by the time I take them not hungry hrs later so hungry feel like I'm going to vomit. Protein shake ok or cause weight gain?

Shake ok: Sounds like stomach irritation by either the meds or by gastritis. You might want to take some meds on a full stomach. Or try to take an antacid along with the meds. ...Read more

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I have hunger pains even when I am not hungry. I am on antibiotics right now. I am diabetic taking 4 medications and a heart patient on aspirin plav?

I have hunger pains even when I am not hungry. I am on antibiotics right now. I am diabetic taking 4 medications and a heart patient on aspirin plav?

MayBeDueToAntibiotic: It may be due to Antibiotics, or due to the reason you are on Antibiotics. You are also a Diabetic and make sure your blood sugar is under control. If you start vomiting, excessive thirst, fatigue, loss of appetite, pain in abdomen, rapid breathing or shortness of breath.Then you need to be checked right away as these suggest Diabetic KetoAcidosis.You did not say why you are taking Antibiotics. Good Luck ...Read more

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I am experiencing appetite changes (quality: increased appetite), trouble sleeping (quality: difficult to wake) (worsened by: psychological stress), decreased energy level, sudden attacks of crying, fatigue and feeling depressed (quality: feelings of w

I am experiencing appetite changes (quality: increased appetite), trouble sleeping (quality: difficult to wake) (worsened by: psychological stress), decreased energy level, sudden attacks of crying, fatigue and feeling depressed (quality: feelings of w

Depression symptoms: Please start by seeing your doctor to rule out or identify any underlying medical conditions. Then consult w/a clinical psychologist to diagnose the cause of your symptoms, which MAY be depression. Lots or reason to hope. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Fatigue with bouts of stomach uneasiness. Not pregnant. No energy. Loss of appetite. Started 2 weeks ago. Only thing I eat is Peppermint Altoids, when I am not hungry. Get unusual pangs in right side under ribs. Not sleeping well at night. No fever.

Fatigue with bouts of stomach uneasiness. Not pregnant. No energy. Loss of appetite. Started 2 weeks ago. Only thing I eat is Peppermint Altoids, when I am not hungry. Get unusual pangs in right side under ribs. Not sleeping well at night. No fever.

Medical workup: Recommended. In the meantime, sleep hygiene is key. Retire & rise same time each day. Bedroom should be dark & cool - used only for sex & sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs & no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Dinner should be moderate sized & finished at least 2 to 3 hours before sleep. Can try warm milk, chamomile tea or ...Read more

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Is there a good way to resist eating when your not hungry?

Is there a good way to resist eating when your not hungry?

Many ways: Drink water or other unsweetened beverage, exercise, read, meditate, pray or any other activity that takes your mind off of food. ...Read more

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Not eating is this heat but I am just not hungry. Why do think that is?

Not eating is this heat but I am just not hungry. Why do think that is?

Not good: Runs the gamut from relatively innocent ''it is just too hot'' (maintain liquid balance) to psychological : anxiety, depression, etc.; all means and manner of physical difficulties from incidental to an initial sign of a serious condition; which, in turn may terminate in a variety of paths that, most sadly, lead to the end of our given days. See md! ...Read more

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How come I am not hungry after playing basketball?

Ketosis: With enough exercise your body begins to burn fat as fuel. A result is an increase in blood acid which is a strong inhibitor of hunger. ...Read more

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What are reasons for stomach gurgling when I am not hungry?

What are reasons for stomach gurgling when I am not hungry?

Air: Stomach gurgling, or borborygmi, is thought to be caused by the movement of fluids and air through the hollow tubes of the intestines. Similar to a pipe filled with fluid, air and fluid will move based on gravity and contraction of the muscles in the intestine wall, which can lead to the sounds you're hearing. It's perfectly normal and likely has no significance at all! ...Read more

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Growling stomach and not hungry, what to do?

Growling stomach and not hungry, what to do?

Without more info...: ...its hard to say, but there are a variety of intestinal noises that are considered highly specific for pending obstruction, hypermotility, etc. Only examination can determine the significance of your stomach sounds. ...Read more

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How can you make yourself not hungry?

How can you make yourself not hungry?

Hungry: Distract yourself while staying busy, away from sight/smell of food, also meditate and sleep. ...Read more

Dr. James Krick
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Appetite Changes (Definition)

Appetite changes = increased or decreased desire to eat ...Read more