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I'm never hungry & seeing/smelling food makes me sick
I used to always love food. I never had a problem with it. I'll admit that I was and still am a picky eater, but for the past 6-7 years, I've never really been hungry. I seemed to have forgotten what hunger feels like.

I have no problem with my wieght or with the way I look. I'm active because I play sports year round. I'm currently 17 years old and this never being hungry thing tends to get in the way of many activities. Being that most people my age enjoy going out to eat or pigging out at a friends house, it poses many problems for me.

I can't eat big meals at one sitting, and I must force myself to eat small snacky stuff. Some times throughout the day, if I see or smell food, it can make me sick to my stomach. I've been to the doctor concerning the stomach issues, but the only thing they came up with was that I had a little more acid in my stomach than normal. That wasn't what was making me not hungry though.

I went to a psychologist just to see if it was something to do with, well...me. But nothing came out of it. It is quite frustrating to deal with and nobody seems to understand. Some people even take it as rude when I don't eat. I guess I could live with the eating snacky stuff throughout the day thing, but my biggest concern is me being sick to my stomach most of the time.

I feel sick every morning. The sickness usually tapers off by the afternoon. Some people I've talked to said to try to eat breakfast, since I never do/can. I've tried to force myself, but it jsut seems to make matters worse. Are there any people out there with some of the same symptoms? Are there anyways to stop myself from feeling nauseous?
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whats up this is my first post. to be honest i have had similar symptoms. i never eat cuz it makes my stomach sick. i dont know whats going on ive gone to a gastro doc and they think its stress. i have trouble with almost everything and i feel like im losing it. I use to love food. give me feedback if you know of anything
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When i see or think about food it makes me sick. I love food but for the past week or so i don't even want to think about food. It is mostly meat. I always loved meat and now i can't stand the sight,smell.or thought of it. Meat is not the only food that does that to me but i don't know what it could be.i never want to eat now because i am scared of what i am going to feel like after words.. I want to go to the doctors but i am scared that they will tell me i have a eating disorder or something. Honestly I LOVE FOOD. I have love the weight that i am! I am 17 years old and a female and i cant be losing my appetite. If you know anything please tell me what i could do?
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My mother has dealt with this problem her entire life she has also been extremely skinny her entire life, My mother also is/was an alcoholic, so she did get calories from beer. The doctors never listened to her because she started gaining weight a few years ago and was even told she needed to watch her weight. When she explained that she doesn't eat, she is never hungry the smell of food makes her nauseus and even throws up.
A few moths ago she started vomiting and couldn't even hold down water. Trips back and forth to the doctor did no good, they could not find anything wrong, About a month ago she was hospitalized and she was completely depleted of all her vitamins, she lost her ability to walk and has been completely confused, they diagnosed her with encepalopthy  and it was caused from her not eating for so many years and then throwing up. My mother is not anerexic or belemic she just could not eat she was never hungry and if she smelled food it made her sick. She has been getting treated with vitamins, folic acid, B1 (thiamin), potassium and several other things. She literally was starving to death. Even though they still do not know why.  They are currently treating her with Remeron, it is suppose to make you hungry, help with the nausea and vomiting, she is showing great improvement. We still do not know if she will be able to walk again because she had starved for so long, but she is back to her senses again, so that is a start.
Just like with my mother Doctors will not listen, and I do not know why, but do not let this continue. It could kill you it almost did my mother.. Make someone listen, in the mean time make sure you take vitamins because you can starve your brain, especially of B1 Thiamin, and I promise you do not want to go through what we have been threw. Ask your doctor about Remeron.
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your 'problem' is very similar to mine.
i came across this site when looking for an answer on the web. no look. all i came close to seeing as a possible answer, was either diabetes or a form of depression.
i myself have always been a fussy eater, never being able to eat a full meal, or if i am to go out to a restaurant for tea, this means that if i want to finish that meal, i am best not eating anything else all day.

it's been like this for around 3 years now.
it's more of a 'faze' for me, completely going off my food and not even realising i haven't eaten. the smell and sight of food will make me feel sick to my stomach, most of the time i will just heave as there isn't anything inside of me to throw up.
my longest 'faze' lasted around a month, i just drank constantly. but i knew it was bad when i ended up fainting in the showering. yet, i seem to just pray it will end. the few people who know, either think i am doing this intentionally or give me some advice to go to the doctors. but really, what can they do? i would rather to just go through the 'faze'
but it scares me and i want an answer, i'm just worried of what it will be.

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My dad has this problem, and I do too at times. For me it is depression and anxiety, but for dad, I am sure it is a Zinc deficiency. I did some research on Zinc, and I found that if you are low in this mineral, you will not be hungry and food will taste "weird". My doc did a zinc test on me and sure enough, I am low. I would add a zinc supplement to your diet and give it a couple of weeks to really kick in.  

Oh, how is your sense of smell? If you do not smell things, like food, then it won't taste good either, zinc will help this problem as well.

Food allergies can sometimes cause the problems that everyone is mentioning, but that is not too common.

For all of you, try adding a good multi-vitamin with a large amount of vitamin "B" in it, the B vitamins will help the nervous system and they have been known to stimulate the appetite as well. Also, take a multi-mineral, this will give you the needed minerals your body needs. Also, try eating smaller amounts of food through-out the day, and eat what you crave, don't worry at this point about the calories, sugar, etc, just start getting some nourishment into you. Smoothies are a good start and are good for you. If you like yogurt, try eating some of that, just anything that you crave, this will be a good start and hopefully, the stomach aches and nauseated feelings will get better.
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So I also have the same problem. It does matter whether I want to eat or not... as soon as I take a bite of something my stomach says no way and I feel like gagging. I haven't been to the doctor but I'm sure it's not anything physically wrong. I have always been able to eat and I think it may just be stress from my last couple years of college that's making me lose my appetite. Either way... I found a website that gives a few suggestions on how to increase your appetite (legally). I haven't tried any of it yet but I figured I would put it up here for everyone...

http://www.ehow.com/how_2252323_increase-appetite.html

Hope this is helpful.
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Hello, my situation is very similar to yours. I rarely feel hungry and most of the time have to force feed myself meals, then often throw most of it up(often being like once in every 6-7 meals). Also like you, the smell of food can make me sick, especially if I have recently eaten.
The only thing that I have found to help without fail is cannabis... sorry if you didn't want to hear that. It really works though, give me one joint and ill be able to eat a supersized meal and still be starving. Munchies are absolutely amazing.
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Hey I'm kinda going through something similar right now. I never feel hungry anymore at all, and I always feel dizzy, tired and nauseous. This gets especially bad if I eat... Most of the time I don't even want food, but if I do try to eat, just a few bites in I'll start feeling dizzy and nauseous, and I'll have pain in my upper abdomen. I recently discovered that meat greatly exaggerates this reaction. But, when I was around your age, the smell of certain foods would make me so sick that I sometimes would have to go to sleep and I would sleep for nearly an entire day just trying to get myself to stop feeling sick. I couldn't eat breakfast or I'd hurl. I also couldn't remember what it felt like to be *actually* hungry and when I was in school people mistakenly thought I was an anorexic because I would read through lunch and let someone else use my food card. So here goes:

I have neurocardiogenic syncope which counts for a substantial amount of my problems, but isn't likely to account for me getting sick when I smell food, and I don't think it causes appetite loss.

I will say though... that when I was in school, I *always* felt sick. It was especially bad in the mornings, just like you. I eventually figured out what was doing it. It was definitely emotional/mental, but I could never pinpoint why. When I'd wake up in the morning (even though I barely realized it) I was always filled with a sense of dread. The idea of going to school was worse than actually being at school. It was the weirdest thing, I would be sick to my stomach  five mornings out of the week, and then (unless something was planned for that day) I was fine for two.I would go all day during the week without eating.. and sometimes would go 2+ days with no food at all. Then on the weekend I felt good enough to eat normal sized meals. I barely payed any attention to this pattern, but did one day realize what was going on. My anxiety just runs *that* deep. I have a horrific fear of the unknown, even if the unknown is something simple or stupid.

Such as: I love the show Family Guy. I also love Smallville and Young at the Restless. When the latter two come on, their almost always or always brand new episodes. So no matter how bad I want to watch them, sometimes I'll wait for long periods of time before I watch them and when I go to turn it on, I just feel sick to my stomach. Whereas when I watch Family Guy, I'm familiar with 100% of the episodes, and since there is no storyline that moves from episode to episode, I feel no sense of impending doom if I watch it. So I'll watch the same episode of Family Guy 30 times even if I have a list full of brand new shows that I love.

Although I doubt watching tv or going to school is what is making you feel ill, (but hey, ya never know), you might think to sit down and consider if such a psychological trigger exists. It might even be hard to find one, because I went 21 years before I figured out that anxiety had that big of an impact on my life. So you might not think you're anxious... but nausea feel surprisingly similar to anxiety.
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ok, you are all saying you are not hungry, and FOOD makes you sick. and when you take a bite of SOMETHING you want to throw up.

FIRST THING  we have to ask is: WHAT DO YOU EAT...???

i fear that you are meaning doritos, or cupcakes or prepared soups or some mysterious processed food, like bread

FOOD INTOLERANCE/ALLERGIES/SENSITIVITY ARE MORE COMMON THAN MOST PEOPLE THINK.

digestion is a fickle thing sometimes, a food that you could eat alone might make you sick combined with another.

FIRST THING TO DO: try WHOLE foods seperately. as in eat just one fruit. or one vegetable, or rice, or beans, or meat. alone, separate from anything else. not any processed food as they are high in cotaminants and allergy prone foods.this should help you identify what is ok for you to eat, and what you are reacting to.

common food intolerances are to: wheat, dairy, peanuts, treenuts, soy, yeast, vinegar, citric acid...looking in preprepared or processed foods almost every kind has a potential allergen of some kind. you may always be trying to eat FOOD, or SOMETHING that is harmful to you, but there may be plenty whole foods you can tolerate

so try this and post again, and you may just see you all have certain foods that you dont want to eat and certain foods that you can eat...

try steamed vegetables (preferably organic to avoid pesticides), rice, beans, meat, or rice with vegetables, beans with vegetables, meat with vegetables. avoid using additives or sugar at first. next try adding spices such as ginger, cinnamon, cayenne, turmeric, and herbs such as rosemary, basil to improve digestion and add flavor.

towards health!
good luck
and much peace

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I had the same problem you have. I had a colonascopy and found out my large intestent where it meets the small intestant was very enlarged. The doctor said this could be caused by constipation once in a while. It will make you not want to eat. He put me on over the counter citrical and the condition cleared up in a few months. you might give it a try.
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You should try cannabis it may not legal but its the best way. Its used in some countrys to treat anorexia and nausea (suffered by aids and chemotherapy patients). Cannabis is one of the worlds greatest medicines and can be used to treat hundreds of illnesses.
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i get the same, but even the sight of food make me want to be physicly sick, the smell on food is horrible and im getting headaches as well as pain in my stomach, the doctor said thers nothing they can do, they gave me some medicine for acid reflex and it made it worse, they gave me 2 rounds of different tablets and that didn't work either, it just made things worse. i just want to be able to eat like a normal 17 year old, help.
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Hi I just recently started up with the same thing... I'm a 17 year old girl and everyone thinks it's strange how a food-lover suddenly looses her appetite... Most foods and smells make me feel like crap, especially greasy foods. The only foods I can eat is hot tea with lots of sugar and sugary pastries. I can eat other things, too, but only in nibbles. When I skip a meal and then eat later, even when it's a small amount, the feeling is terrible. I get a wierd form of heart burn with it too. It acts like heart burn but instead of a burning sensation, it's cold and I feel like I drank a gallon of water. I still get the burps like normal heart burn but other than that... yeah... I've had a past with anxiety and depression, but the last time I was really anxious, I couldn't fill my stomache fast enough so I doubt it's anxiety. Hoping for some advice on what it might be and how I can eat again. Thanks~
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I have had these same symptoms for the past year. After discussing this issue with my doctor, a neurologist, a nurse practitioner, and 2 psychologists, we have come to the general consensus that it all relates to my depression. I am so focused on my issues dealing with depression that food is the last thing on my mind. However, the longer I go without eating, the sicker I feel and the harder it is to eat again. The best thing you can do for yourself is continue to stay active, reach out to others, and maybe see a psychologist on a regular basis to figure out where the problem is really coming from. Good luck to you!
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Cannabis is the only way. I'm a 21 year old full time student/ part time worker. I have had the same symptoms now for about 4 months. Food grosses me out. I get super sick to my stomach and If I don't smoke then I don't even think about eating. I also work at a resturant, when I'm in the back the smells of all the different foods make me sick to my stomach. I never have energy, it honestly is a struggle everyday. I just wanna go back to eating normal and having a normal appetite. I am super nausues in the morning from  6-9am usually. After that I dont have nausia, I just have 0 appetite.
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Your body is wise. Listen to it. If you don't like the smell of cooked food- don't eat it. If you don't like the smell of meat- don't eat it.
Eat raw vegetarian foods- they smell great, your body will love them and you will be healthy as long as you learn a little about raw food nutrition and listen to your body.
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Eat when u hungry, don't when you are not. When you feel like eating choose wholesome healthy food. Love your body!
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I second the getting your zinc levels tested comment. I used to have a lot of off and on years where my appetite was either normal or non-existent. Being thirty now I can clearly see that during the times my appetite was gone, I was also eating a poor diet (mostly because I was poor, lol) and often partaking in other unhealthy habits like smoking and drinking. Ramen noodles don't exact top the nutritional charts and I believe I read somewhere that smoking and drinking can negatively affect your zinc levels as well, so I had a triple whammy going on. Zinc supplements helped restore my appetite and as a bonus it helped clear up my face.  I also find that it relaxes me (like a high spaced out feeling) but I don't think that's a common or expected side affect. Of course, the long term solution was to eat healthier whole foods, quit smoking and limit my drinking.  I wouldn't recommend zinc supplements as a long term solution since they can deplete other elements your body needs. If you work to create a healthy lifestyle, your body will get all that it needs in order to function well. If you want to try zinc out to see if it helps, I'd recommend 50mgs daily and cutting them in half to 25mgs if they cause you any discomfort (tummy problems). You MUST take WITH food because it will absolutely cause an upset stomach otherwise. Good luck!
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as of now, my friend is going through this. where she doesn't have a good appetite and doesnt like the smell of food. so she's wondering if its a disease or if its just her. if anybody has any information, id like to know so i can help her figure out what's going wrong. thanks in advance.
P.S. im telling her if it has anything to do with depression or if its her vitamins. she takes her vitamins but she doesnt know if she's actually depressed or not.
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I seem to have the same problem as a lot of you. I have always been athletic with a healthy appetite. I would eat 3main meals a day and snacks. The past year just the thought of food turns my stomach or watching someone else eat makes me sick. I can cook big dinners but I can't eat them. I can't even eat an apple or a sweet. Literally nothing! What the hell is wrong with me??? I'm not losing weight which is odd and I'm not trying to. I get a constant pain in my stomache just under the rib cage on the right. Have been to the drs and had scans but they can't find anything wrong so what is wrong??
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I have had the same problem for the last 13 years. I used to have a normal appetite, loved food. During a period in which I was financially strapped, I didn't have the means to eat more than one meal a day, if that. I lost a lot of weight, and since then, I have had problems with my appetite. My stomach can grumble, but I don't have a desire to eat. I have normal thirst, but the thought of eating makes me sick. If I try to eat, it takes me hours just to finish one small meal. It is so depressing. The only thing that helped me was a drug my doctor prescribed years ago that helped to stimulate my appetite. I haven't had insurance for a while now, so I haven't been able to get the meds anymore.

I have always had depression, so I don't think the depression is a cause of this. Something went haywire with my body during the time I wasn't eating, and it has never righted itself. I am so desperate, I think I may try cannabis, but the few times I tried it in the past, I don't recall it giving me an appetite.  
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I'm the same age and I eat really balanced and healthy. I never drink soda or eat junk food anymore. I feel horrible and I don't know why :(
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I HAVE A POINT! I was raised knowing the importance of whole natural food and i havn't had a problem with my weight, but within the last year or so I have had the problem where i will not get hungry for 2-3 days and during those days i force myself to munch (1 snack size chip will last me the 2-3 days) then after that, out of no where it feels like a knife is stapping me in the gut. That is when i know i have to get something in there and the ONLY thing that will not make me gag is Mirical whip and white bread, and there is no nutrition in that. The only time I fell like I can really eat and enjoy food is after enjoying cannibis. The way it is being treated as a "narcotic" is truly terrible. From what i have read in these posts is that people have gone to the doctor and recieve no results.I belive that cannibis is our medication for this and you can disagree with me and put all these "facts" in my face, but i guarentee you have never even tried it with a good frame of mind. Every one wants the pills and artificial drugs to make them better,and if you do that is alright, modern medicine is amazing and helps many, but you are also ok with all of the side effects that drug is going to give you to treat this ONE problem. As long as you do not have that stupid frame of mind from all of  comercials,ads,ect... have told you, you will enjoy food again. And to all the nay sayers, i take a multi vitamin,a multi mineral, potassium,magnesium,liquid B12, Royal jelly and zinc,and i take them all within two days. Most of those are supposed to help with appetite. Help is right infront of you, we have suffured too much and people have come close to death beacuse of this.
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Wow, this is so old. I don't even remember writing it. Man, that was a bad time.

I'll give an update.

I will say, overall, I'm doing better. Not as sensitive to food. Went to a specialist and the doc said I had MALS (Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome). It was a relatively new concept. Stating that most of the people who have it are young, athletic girls. I fit the description. The ONE key effect I didn't have was pain. But everything else fit the bill. Did a scan and found the ligament was indeed cutting off an artery, a staple in their findings.

I underwent laparoscopic surgery to correct it. The before and after pictures they showed were astounding. That one artery was really squished, and they relieved the pressure by cutting the ligament.

So, if anyone is having pain or anything similar to that, this is a new concept you should at least bring up to your doctor. I was actually a part of the study.

Unfortunately, the surgery did not help me much. I think it works well for the pain, not the general nausea.

Went on for a year struggling after that. Finally got so depressed from the condition that I signed myself up to see a therapist. I was not depressed before the nausea. Depression came from having the nausea and not being able to do "normal" things.

We talked and came to the conclusion that my anxiety was probably the contributing factor. I didn't have bad anxiety when this first started (when I was 17). I functioned just fine. Didn't want to go to school, but wasn't anxious about it.

I eventual gave Paxil a try for anxiety. At around 30 mg, I felt MUCH better. Really, that was a high point in my life. I no longer dreaded going out to eat.

The doc who was giving me Paxil was mean, and for various other reasons not related to the drug itself, I stopped taking it. It's been around 5-6 months now without Paxil, and those sick feelings are coming back. Despite trying to think positive and doing breathing exercises from the therapist, it is really starting to take over again. It *****.

It's a bit of a trainwreck. My anxiety is heightened by these symptoms, and these symptoms are heightened by my anxiety. A vicious circle.

I'm now considering going back to the doc (a new one that isn't mean) and trying the prescription meds again. I feel that I stopped the Paxil too soon. I saw improvements, but I wasn't yet set in my life. Anyway, that's what has been going on.
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Oh, and about using weed.

Honestly, I'd totally try it if it were legal. I just don't want to go around trying to find a dealer and/or getting in trouble for it. Just not worth at this point, but I do wish it were medically legalized at least.
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i feel the same way is there anything tht u did to make ur self feel tht way i dnt think i did anything but i feel the same way i dance in the morning nd all day but i dont eat breakfast and feel sick to my stomach after i force myself to eat  
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Ever since last week if I look at food I feel nauseous in my throat and my stomach starts to hurt. I can force myself to eat some food but then I feel sick. I'm fine eating salad. I've been reading the comments and everyone basically says its stress and depression. Could that be what my problem is to? I have weighed between 130 to 135 for years now, and in the last month my weight has dropped to 112. I'm 20 years old and I absolutely love food. It's honestly starting to scare me. Or could it be linked to pregnancy? I've had depression spouts before but I was never nauseous during it I was just never hungry. I've also been stressed for the past few months so it finally catching up to me? Is there some way to get over all of it?
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cannabis works for me. it makes me really hungry. the only problem is that if i dont smoke i dont eat. for instance i work every day at 9 and ofcourse i dont smoke before work and i will go through the whole day with nothing i wont get hungry at all just nausios.  i smoke right after work and thats when the eating happends. i have been having problems with my weight because of this for about 4 years now. i was 16 weighting 115. now im 20 weighting 104!!! its sad i know.

***also you can get a medical marijuana card for this condition. that way itll be legal!
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*do you think food is like....gross?
*try looking at THOUSANDS of images of food
*At least put something in your stomach because people get anorexii
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I NEED HELP!!! I CAN'T EAT MUCH, I'M LOOSENING WEIGHT RAPIDLY....SOME DAYS I CAN'T GO A HOLD DAY WITHOUT EATING....I GET FULL OFF OF TWO THREE BITES....WHAT CAN I DO TO GET MY WEIGHT BACK UP AND START EATING NORMAL AGAIN.....PLEASE HELP ME
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Try the prescription Periactin as an appetite stimulant. It worked for me.
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Medical doctors always look to the text book for answers. They dont always find them.  If your medical doctor cant help you, go to a holistic or naturalpath doctor.  They are great and in most cases will treat you without drugs.  They can tell if you are deficent in anything as well.  You would be surprised to find out what they can tell you.
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I too am going through the same thing. I haven't been a big eater since I was 13, I am now 22 and going trough alot I have 2 kids 4 yr and 6 mnth old kids. So I need to find wats wrong with me for there sak. On jan 9 I woke up feeling like **** I threw up and had diarrhea, and abdominal pains high and low I went to the er and they said my lady parts (inside) were swollen I didnt think that was the problem so a couple more days I waited to see if I get better but I didnt so I went to another er and told them my symptoms and told them wat the other er said so they did the same **** check me then said the same **** so a week later I went to the obgyn and he checked me did an ultrasound and found nothing wrong.by this time I weighed 93 lbs omg. I had lost 15lbs in 2 weeks. So my obgyn gave me a shot and told me it will help with my intestines if I had an infection or something like that well it did help with the vomiting I can now get out of bed, but I recently am going through anxiety. In the morning is the worst I think the anxiety wakes me up and doesn't let me sleep. Right now I'm going through abdominal pains still high and low, nausea, weakness, dizziness, tired, and anxiety. Right now I'm waiting for a gold card to see a doctor but until then I'm looking on web for some help so if anyone can help please let me know
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I went to the doctor today she said I might have an hernia and possible GI problems. My symptoms were nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, no appetite, abdominal pains, weakness tiredness, that and I lost 15lbs in two weeks. So if u are having these problems too u might want to go to a doc for ur GI track. Hope I helped.
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Oh god I know EXACTLY what you mean. Im 18, nearly 19 and I can barely eat anything! It started about a week ago? I usually cant eat a lot in the first place, Ive always been on the low end of "healthy" according to the BMI charts but I've always been skinny and a little bony (I have no butt whatsoever). Last week, all of a sudden I was sick, nauseous, my head was spinning, I had no coordination, and I couldn't eat! I was eating about one meal a day, and maybe a bowl of mac and cheese at like 4am before bed and then waking up at 2pm. Im not anorexic either, I personally think Im too thin and need to gain weight but when I finally found the scale after two months that I THOUGHT I was 115lbs I found out I had dropped incredibly low to 97lbs! I love food so much and crave fruit and candy so bad right now (but as we are broke having those very often at all is not gonna happen).  Meats, grains, boiled/steamed veggies, boxed sides, pasta, ect are making me sick. We just had hamburgers and I gagged several times just trying to get one down. I couldn't even finish the single burger let alone the side dish of buttered noodles. The funny thing? Butter sandwiches dont hurt my tummy, fruit doesnt, fresh veggies that arent cooked dont, bacon doesnt, teas dont. But as of right now, maybe eating a total of 700 calories a day if Im lucky, isn't cutting it. I cant even drink a soda or eat my fave chips (which were all on sale which is the only reason we could even afford to buy them). I was hoping to use junk food to up my cals since "healthy" foods like meat and rice and steamed veggies were making me sick but looks like that aint happening. I watched an IHOP commercial the other day and guess what? I nearly gagged just LOOKING at the food not to mention even just thinking about food. I was hoping to find some help here but I know for a fact that Cannabis doesnt work for me, Im alergic to it and it makes me feel violently ill when my in laws who live with me smoke it. (Neither of whom eat much but are fat as hell) Im not depressed, I havent been anxious, I do have breathing/panic problems but that comes from a problem Ive had since I was like 9. I'd go to a doctor but I dont have insurance, Im broke, and the only doctors in the rinky dink one horse town are idiots :| *sigh* I guess Ill just wait it out and see.. Maybe Ill try that zinc thing since I never eat foods high in zinc or any other vitamins besides iron (which I take supplements for my anemia for).
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Ok I have the same problem everyone else does except my loss of appetite came just after I recovered from my 5+ ulcers and my boyfriend and I broke up. My mom has a history of depression and anxiety and I've been to the doctors twice. So far the first one didn't say anything but wrote me a prescription for antidepressants and the second, I was given Tecta again to calm the acid in my stomach, but I am also waiting on some tests. Every morning I wake up with a terrible unexplainable feeling in my stomach and I want to puke. I havent yet, but the other morning got so bad I had to literally swallow it down. (Sorry for the grossness) The feeling seems to get better as the day goes on until it comes time for me to go to work or school or anywhere. I just turned 20 and I've never really had a problem with eating, honestly before this happend I ate all the time, junkfood any type of food. Now the smell and sight of it makes me so sick. I can't even watch half of the food commercials without feeling sick. Now I'm not in any way saying this is what you should do nor am I giving medical advice, but I am saying this is helping me and so far it's the only thing. When I wake up first thing in the morning and I feel terrible I smoke some weed and it really does work quickly to help. If I start to feel sick again I just repeat and so on. Another thing that helps is that it gives you the munchies and actually makes you want to eat for a little but while calming the nausea. It doesn't get rid of it the sickness forever but it really helps me with being able cope. I still don't know what's wrong with me but I just want the answer.
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hello! i'm 16 and even i've a similar problem since 2years..whenever i see food or i smell food in the surroundings i just feel a weird feeling in my stomach,whenever i eat (extremely little) i just vomit..im never hungry..im an acute gastritis patient even though sometimes im given medicines to feel hungry or to stop excess acid production i never feel hungry and acidity never cease..well i've to live with my illness!!keep courage!
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I only snack but why I ask myself, I dont have breakfast lunch or dinner like im supposed to but I really want to but I cant I dont understand whats going on im 29 now and its been happening since I was 15 i get the feeling its not right and everyday I just wish my life woukd change I think its that sickly feeling you get I dunno I just get a weird feeling even when im shopping I dont think of meals I think of grab and eat foods its quicker I know but I dont think its right im ashamed to admit I have a problem
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Yes, I get these too...I'm not sure why though. I'm 14 and this happens a lot, I make/get food, but I can't get myself to eat it. My stomach acts up when I even think of food. The only things is I do eat breakfast at school, but then again, the school's food isn't very good.

I've been thinking it might have something to do with me because I've been trying to lose weight (cause at the beginning of the year I was only about 110 now I'm at 125.5, when I've been trying to get down to at least 100)
By saying "something to do with me" I mean like my mind. Could it have something to do with me trying to lose weight? Maybe I'm becoming anorexic?

I've been lonely lately too...Also a lot of stress has been bothering me. Could it maybe have something to do with me feeling guilty with myself? (There's a really cute boy in my grade and I'm to shy to talk to him...But that's another story.)

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Well even though this post was years ago I just came across it and thought I'd voice my own personal experience. This happened to me about 3 weeks ago. I had no idea what was happening at the time but now that my appetite is back I have concluded it was major anxiety. I suffer from Generalized Anxiety Disorder... I'm especially afraid of getting sick to my stomach. Last month my fiance caught a horrible case of the stomach flu and I became so anxious I was going to get it that I produced physical symptoms. I also think I was having separation anxiety at the time because after he got sick he went to Texas for a week and I had to stay home because of how bad my anxiety got. This made my anxiety even worse- I was not hungry one bit for about a week. I literally had to force food down and the nausea was so bad! One day all I ate was 2 pieces of cheese and some ham. However, once my fiance came home and I realized I never physically got sick to my stomach I was able to eat a little more. Little by little my appetite came back in full force and I was able to feel hungry again! My anxiety was and still is bad... I know I need to get it under control because to have to worry about dealing with that again is no fun! However, from what I learned this year of dealing with the worst anxiety I've ever had is that time heals all and nothing bad ever happens... I am trying to live more positively and keep myself productive and healthy! This truly helps :)
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I'm the same age and have had the same dilemma. I've been to countless doctors who just don't care, or are too senseless to understand. Anyways, with that passion aside, my moms a doc and she spoke with her stomach doctor friend. It turns out i have stress ulcers. Not sure thats what it is, but it sounds exactly the same as me. I'm on something called prilosec, you can get it at any pharmacy store. It's helped with the sick feeling and the pain but I never gained my appetite back. People like us just have to suck it up and take food like medicine. I also went to a vegetarian diet and that helped A LOT. plus people are less judgey when you don't eat because of being a Vegetarian. Hope I could help<3 best of luck.
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I have the same thing. Four years ago, I was only eating one to two meals a day and doing a lot of exercise. It was terrible (not of my own choosing) but after a few months I got used to it. Now I hate eating, you basically have to force feed me, I won't get hungry even after not eating for two days, and the thought, smell, or sight of food makes me feel sick. After I eat I also feel like throwing up, but I don't because people will think I'm bulimic. People already think I'm anorexic and underweight, even though I weigh a normal amount because I'm still growing. People have actually chased me down and forced me to eat. After eating a "normal" amount of food my stomach hurts, it's even worth than hunger pangs, but then again, the last time I had those was four years ago. I can't even drink water, even if I'm about to pass out. No one really understands and thinks it's something in my mind, and I do have problems with self image, but this isn't it. I also get dizzy and everything turns black for as long as ten seconds when I stand up. I went for blood tests a few months ago when I felt the same way, but everything was normal, not even borderline. Is there something wrong with me? I want to stop worrying everyone around me and be healthy, but one of the last things I want to do is eat. Help!
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Hello all, I have read a lot of your posts. I have always had this problem from birth. I have been told the flap in my throat doesn't close properly and it will allow stomach acid to rise and make me nauseous. Now this was something to be healed by around 5yrs old that didn't happen now I am in my 30's it happens always and doctors have no reasons I don't eat much I do set an alarm to make sure I eat (this allows my body to know I will have to eat even if I know I will vomit, but it makes things more acceptable) for me. All food makes me sick and after I had my second child I did become allergic to pork (swells me up to the point I need a shot).
Good thing I have found to help with the nausea and vomiting is Slippery Elm lozenge. I can get them from a whole foods store, they are also made into a pill form an yes those work very well. What most people forget is that your digestion begain by chewing your food so in your mouth even before you swallow. The slippery elm lozenge coats u from your mouth down, if you take the pill form with it this allows for you to eat and not vomit like normal. It may not be for everyone but it is worth a try to be able to get the nutrients we need for our body's.
I know your thinking the smells of food make you sick also, I understand I am there too. It sometimes helps to sit with a fan behind you allowing for the food smells to be pushed away from your nose. I try what ever I can to be healthy and have my blood monitored so I know I can be safe and not loose my mind or ability to function.
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Hello anyone that reads, I suffer from the exact same problems as the original poster. My nausea lasts all morning and usually tapers off mid afternoon/evening. This has persisted for me about 3 years now, around when I turned 18. I know for a fact that it is caused by my anxiety and/or depression. It may not be what everyone wants to hear, but living in CA, I had the opportunity to try medical cannabis and it is by far the only "cure" to my "ailment." It gives me an appetite well suited for maintaining at least a semi-healthy diet (2 meals a day.) And although I'm not able to make any significant weight gains, my weight loss has ceased. If you are like me, and have tried every other option to just be able to eat one bite of food to no avail, then I suggest you do some research on the benefits cannabis may be able to provide you. However, it is not for everyone, only you can be the judge of that. I will say, despite what many think, I use medical cannabis daily and still lead a very normal life. I attend class on a everyday basis as well as work 20 odd hours a week. I will also say that the owner of the cannabis club I go to is the sweetest 65 year old lady who also happens to be a grandmother. So to finish, please dont be turned off by the lore, of well....smoking weed (in its simplest terms lol.) If used responsibly as a medicine, cannabis could change your life for the better, and if your like me and have tried everything else then you really have nothing to lose.
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Im going through that right now actually sometimes I feel hungry some times I dont the smell makes my stomach flip and when I get done eating it leaves a nauseous feeling  
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I am also a mother and have had every symptom your mother had except the inability to walk.  I had gotten to the point that I passed out though.  I decided to ask my Dr for Remeron for the very same reason, increased appetite.  Within a day of beginning to take it my appetite comes back and the thought, sight and smell of food does not repel me.  But if I don't take it my appetite is gone within a matter of two to three days and I begin to starve myself again.  I take vitamins for this reason.  I have to stop taking the Remeron periodically because I begin to gain weight rapidly.  When I stop it I begin to lose the weight just as quickly.  
I have never heard of encephalopathy but thanks to your post 5 years ago, I now have something to discuss with my Dr.  It's not that I'm not taken seriously, but because the Remeron "helps" my Dr assumes my problem is depression.  It's not, but it's really hard to convince him/her of that.
I want to thank you for your post!
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I'm 14 and have the exact same problem somebody help me plz
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Lately I have been feeling the same way, when ever I see to much food in one place I feel really sick and in the morning I can't eat breakfast, by afternoon I feel better so I am able to eat dinner but then in the morning it happens again, I am only 12 and that makes it hard to sleep at a friends cause they would ask me what I would like to eat and I wouldn't want anything, i used to love food but now the thought of it makes me sick and the smell is the worse.
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I have the same exact problem...  :(
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Just by smelling food, I get nauseous and start dry heaving.  Eating it is a lot worse.  I'm scared....
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Thank god I have found someone who deals with the same thing I do, It started out when I was a lot younger (I am currently 18 years old). I used to go through phases when I would eat normally and then nothing at all for a week or so because I felt so sick to my stomach that I just didn't want to eat and was so put off food. It only got worse as I got older.. I only really eat small snacky stuff and I have never eaten breakfast in the morning because I just can't. Although lately it has been getting so much worse, all the things I do eat and drink make me feel so sick and ill after it and even before I have it, the smell of it makes me feel sick also. I have no idea what it could be:( I am always debating whether to see a doctor about it but then I think is it a waste of both mine and the doctors time? I really hope you feel better soon and get it sorted out, I know exactly how you feel.

Open to any suggestions of what it could be!:)

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This is exactly what is wrong with me. I am debating going to the doctor and I just keep thinking it will be a waste of both mine and the doctors time. It is so frustrating. I am going through exactly the same problem as you and have no idea what I can do about it:(
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My Dear, I've been searching the net (without much result in the way of true help),  and just read your post.  I'm 58 years' old (on 4/9), and have had this "disorder" my entire life! I'm currently 5'6" tall, and weigh 94.2 lbs. Your comment is the closest I've come to any kind of "help" yet, and I thank you - deeply.  My problem is not a weight issue, nor am I bulemic (I despise vomiting).  I have always disliked food, and can't think of a Single food item I enjoy.  To make matters worse, I DETEST cooking, or even bothering with food in any manner; it's so bad, I'm hard-pressed to even open the freezer & "nuke" something.  Food shopping is a nightmare I put off as long as possible as I know I have no intention to, and will not COOK!  Lastly, food tastes ... urgh ... hopelessly unappealing to me.  Needless to say, I'm very malnourished and fear I may be so stupid I literally starve myself to death!  Could I possibly be this slothful?  Cooking is such a pain in my patoot - it NEVER tastes good - even if I follow a recipe to the letter and I don't have a family of raccoons just now to feed leftovers. (I hate to waste food, ironically).  I've asked many doctors of course, and they just tell me to (basically) pull my head out.  I never knew Zinc (or more accurately the lack thereof) could be a problem!  You should be on Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil, etc. as I'm quite sure (just reading here) I'm not alone.  However, eating doesn't make me feel sick, nor does the smell of food bother me - I just have No Appetite.  I DO have multi-vitamins - I just don't take them. However, after reading your post, I looked on the back and they have Zinc - 73% daily allowance, and Vit. B12, B6 & Thiamin (I Think? this is a "b" vitamin),  so I just took two.  I intend to get a bottle of Zinc & Multi-Bs vits. Just wanted to THANK YOU from the bottom of my SOUL - I so hope this works.  You're an angel just for taking the time to mention this. No doctor every has.  I can't ... there aren't words to express my appreciation to you.  Best of luck, health and good wishes; your time, kindness & concern for others is remarkable.  God Bless and thanks again.  Yours, Monica  Again - THANK YOU!  
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Hello,
I would recommend having your gallbladder looked at. I had the same issues. They removed my gallbladder, which was enlarged and a funky color...and no more issues. A few years later my mom went through the same thing, only she had gallbladder stones. They took her gallbladder out, and all was better, too. Good luck to all of you!!
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I am 17 years old an am having some of the same issues. I just had surgery a few weeks ago and since then i have not been hungry at all. Sometimes when i try and force myself to eat even the smell of food makes me feel sick. I ate an apple the other day and threw up a few minutes later. On top of that i have absolutely no energy at all. I usually get about 10-12 hours of sleep but usually wake up in the middle of the night. I can do a few things in the morning and then i have to lay on the couch most of the afternoon bc i am so wiped out. any thoughts??
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yes i do its happening to me right now for the third time. where i go into periods of loss of appetite. where seeing, smelling, or even thinking of food makes me sick
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I have similar issues. I have been to seen many doctors but they all say it is nothing. I smell food and it makes me feel very very horrible! However, I can drink and eat frozen food (i.e. Ice Cream, Ice) but everything that I have for breakfast/lunch/dinner makes me feel overly sick! What is happening? No one will understand what is going on and what this is doing to my body! HELPPPP!
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Oh, By the way, I am 13 years old
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I'm 35, and dealt with this since I was a teenager. I don't have an answer for you, but I have suggestions. There's fluoride in our drinking and bathing water & our toothpaste, Coca Cola & Pepsi take fluoridated water from the public water supply, add magnesium
Sulfate and sodium chloride to it and bottle and sell it as Dasani & Aquafina, 70% of Americans are on one or more pharmaceuticals, we eat loads of processed, adulterated foods, and there's so many of us not getting exercise or good sleep or proper nutrition, and we surround ourselves with carbon monoxide spewing cars our whole lives... I'm actually surprised we're not in worse shape.
     But in answer to the post, I starting drinking artesian water, stopped eating fast food and started eating organic, and the biggest thing that helped: getting like 10-20 minutes of cardio after you wake up will get your blood pumping and your body will start crying for energy, making you hungry. Also, eating my food outside or in a cool area helps. For some reason heat and food = barfing for me.
    Hope this helps. Know you're not alone, and if people give you **** for it it's cause they're insensitive idiots that don't have empathy or the ability to sympathise with something another person has no control over. (If this helps, you could always puke on them for revenge next time serendipity rears her head...)
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Mine is anxiety related when I am really stressed out i dont eat because i want to be thin and atractive. So when Im not very active because of my anxiety I don't eat. When I'm working and busy I eat more. But I still have periods where my mood becomes altered. I don't want to eat. I get the rude and stubborn thing from people too. I just explain I'm stressed out and I can't eat. Just seeing even pictures of food when I feel this way makes me think of vomiting and i have a physical convulsion reaction to it. So yes lol same thing. Just I already know where mine comes from.
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Just Always Remember That Health Is Wealth.
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Yeah same age too, 104 lbs. I've recently my appetite has just plummeted, lol just look at my food pics, lollipops for breakfast . I get more excited over coffee than food really
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i feel you i just started that last week  i have an anxiety disorder and had an eating disorder for about 4 years i recovered and found the love for food. Now when wake up and  i smell food i guys so sick i need to throw-up.And forcing the food in my mouth just makes things worse. I'm also afraid that my eating disorder is creeping back but they are different symptoms then what i had when i started my  eating disorder.  i hope  you don't feel alone I'm in with you :)  
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I have almost the same symptoms and I am much younger at age 13 I start feeling really nauseous at the sight or consumption of food It tends to make me sick a tone and I can't eat much more then a snack a day wihtout being grossly sick and vomiting or having a panic attack sometimes even both. I would love to know if there is a way to solve this. It affects my daily life.
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I'm 13 too, same issues. Idk what to do. I never seem to eat anymore and I legit could eat every second of the day if I was allowed until a few days ago and now I eat like a granola bar mid morning and half a sandwich at about 9:00 at night. Idk what I can do cuz to try force myself to eat makes me feel sick and sometimes I actually do vomit. Anyone else know what to do.
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I've been having this problem for the past few months, everything makes me urge and feel like im about to throw up except sweets. Sweets are the only thing I seem to be able to eat without urging or being sick. It might be a psychological thing for me though and maybe for other people too, the main reason I think this is because on Sundays its at its worst. I cant eat anything on Sunday without wanting to be sick. I still would like to know why I feel like it and the reason for it because you know, as much as I like sweets I dont think I can keep eating them to stay alive.
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this happens to me too, I think it&#39;s psychological because I&#39;m a really picky eater and always have been, but I love the food that I do like, but all of a sudden I started feeling sick at the smell of potatoes and beef and things like that.. not all the time though, it&#39;s really inconsistent with the smells, but no matter what I eat it makes me feel sick!
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Wow this sounds like me .... every sunday i cant eat anything or monday as soon as i wake up im throwing up stomich acid. I have trief every stomich gravel or calmer or vitamins you can think of and NOTHING works. Its making me so frusterated
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I get the same, its a recent thing I;ve just started having and Im 13, I used to eat absoutley everything but now I find it hard to eat a little bit of food, Im worried that this will affect my growth and health because I am only 13, is there an thing I can do?
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It&#39;s scary how much we are alike,  I get nauseated just the thought of food I get nauseated when I eat and I get nauseated when I do not eat food. I play sports difficult for me to eat out with friends or family. It&#39;s really annoying. I went out to eat with family today ordered a sprite, half pound burger, and steak fries. In ten minutes I had only eaten half the burger and a few fries by force, But I had to stop. My stomach was BURNING. I have acid reflex so if I don&#39;t eat I get sick. I don&#39;t feel hungry alot of times, I could go an entire day without eating if I don&#39;t realize it. But the burning and nausea are my reminders. Being a seventeen year old that used to be able to eat two plates full on thanksgiving dinner plus desserts makes this super annoying. Just know you&#39;re not alone.
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Same. Im 16.  I never get completely starving but I get fairly hungry sometimes. but anytime I smell or see a certain food when Im not hungry I get completely nauseated and feel like throwing up. And sometimes a certain random foods smell makes me sick even when I usually like that food. And that happens when or when Im not hungry.
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i too treat this problem in a similar manner but have found that unless i treat it. i literally cannot eat. i often wonder if i am not becoming too dependent on this. do you have the same problem?
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I&#39;m 15 and soon realized that I had anxiety. School had just started back and I am talking to a boy and I always almost have a anxiety attack around him. About  a week ago I stopped eating because everything made me sick to my stomach and I have lost 4 pounds in 2 days which isn&#39;t normal at all. I try eating something everyday but everytime I do I get really sick to my stomach and I feel like I&#39;m going to throw up. So I&#39;ve just been eating like once a day and I have to force myself to eat it. I&#39;ve told my parents but they don&#39;t know what it is and I haven&#39;t been to a doctor yet. I&#39;m not sure what to do.
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Ive also been feeling this way too. Im 17 and lately, ive been getting the strong desire to eat but when i go downstairs to get food, all the food doesnt seem appealing. I go back upstairs, only to come back downstairs and repeat in a frustrating cycle. I just want to eat! All ive eaten today was a pancake. The only thig that works is when really good food is presented to me, i change my mind. For the past 2 months ive been feeling sick to my stomach. Like nausea, especially in the morning when i eat a regular sized meal the night before.  Doctors also said it was just acid build up and prescribed me Omeprazole but they dont work
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