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Loss of Appetite Due To Anxiety - Rarely Hungry

I've been dealing with anxiety for the past few months. I have been focusing on taking care of myself, learning new techniques to manage it, and keeping busy, but the one thing that I haven't been able to shake is my loss of appetite. I've lost about 20 pounds in the last few months. I'm actually happy about the weight-loss up to this point but don't want to keep losing weight. I'm not purposely avoiding food, I just don't get hungry anymore. When I do eat, just a little bit makes me full. I'm on acid reducer medication now because I was getting bad heartburn as a result of my stomach producing extra acid because of stress, but still get stomachaches easily. Any tips on how to regain my appetite, and start recognizing the feeling of hunger in my body again?
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replied December 2nd, 2012
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I think there's a medicine to take on that to have your appetites back on track, but i don't remember the medicine. I suggest you to go to a specialist to ask what king of medicine is that. I just don't remember it. sorry but i'm sure that there is a medicine to take on that.
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replied December 3rd, 2012
I also have the same problem. I know my job has been stressing me out (I work at night) and for the past 8 months ive been having like just 4-5 hours of sleep which has triggered my gastritis. I then lost my appetite. I went to my GP and they did a physical exam (CBC, Stool test, urine test, chest xray, endoscopy, thyroid tests, neck ultrasounds, and even an EENT check up). Thank God all came back normal. Since then, I noticed that im not anymore that anxious as i can now eat slowly. I also lost 3 kilos from 55 Kgs to 52 Kgs but the BMI was still at normal range including the body fat was measured. I think i have health anxiety, because anytime I feel something (like itchy skin, canker sore), i couldnt help but think of any serious disease and keep going to the internet to search for symptoms. I think we just need to manage our stress and keep our anxieties at a controlled level. I know it's not easy, but my doctors suggest me to keep calm and be happy. Stress and anxiety can definitely contribute to any illness.
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replied December 3rd, 2012
Thanks. Glad all of your results came back normal. I think when I am hungry I get a stomachache now (I feel naseous), so it makes me not want to eat when I need to. Today I've been trying eating when my stomach hurts (even though it goes against what my body feels like). Surprisingly, it's worked so far, and when I eat my stomach ache gets better. It's weird for me because usually I'm a person who is good at recognizing what my body wants.
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replied December 4th, 2012
I can feel exactly the way you feel. They said it's all about our mindset. We can actually eat but our hyper minds tell us the possibility that our stomach might get pain. Another tip is when you actually feel hungry, don't feed yourself with a whole meal. Small frequent eating usually helps. I hope you're OK.
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replied December 4th, 2012
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thank god you are all feeling very well now.
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