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Old 02-18-09, 07:42 PM   #11
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I don't know what's going on. I've never had problems with this kind of thing until just recently, but I can't even force myself to eat. I'm a healthly, muscular, six foot, two hundred and some odd pounds guy, but I've started loosing weight like crazy. It's not like it's a mental thing; it's not like I'm ignoring hunger pains or what not. I've just stopped getting hungry. I only notice when my parents ask me if I've had supper; I think back and realize that I havn't, but I lie because the thought of food makes me sick. I feel bloated and heavy, but I know that I've eaten almost nothing. There's no way that I would ever go to a doctor, but isn't there something I can do to remedy this problem myself?
You could be anemic.
You should go to the doctor and have them test your blood for iron deficiency. If so, some iron supplements might fix the problem.
I've been anemic from time to time in my life (I'm formerly anorexic; although I've been well for seven or eight years now), and one of the early symptoms of anemia is appetite loss. Also fatigue, depression/ listlessness, pale tongue and gums, and feeling cold all the time. If you don't treat it, worse symptoms appear.

I would think anemia would be the most likely explanation why a healthy person would experience unexplained appetite loss. If it does turn out to be iron-deficiency anemia, your doctor may want to run some more tests to find out why you have it. It could be a simple matter of malnutrition caused by an imbalanced diet, or it might be something more serious- blood loss due to an ulcer or some other internal problem (not terribly likely in the absence of other symptoms, but they still might want to check it out).
So I think you should make an appt. with your doctor today.
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