I've been suffering with unexplained weight loss this year, first noticed in May but never weighed myself before then so might have been losing weight for some time.
The past few weeks I have had stomach aches and discomfort, mainly after eating, also feeling sick as though I'm starving and haven't eaten all day - even if I have been eating properly. I get this sick feeling both after eating and any other time in the day. When I inhale it hurts my chest/stomach (left sided pain). Burping relieves it for a bit, like for a few minutes, then it comes back and eventually it goes. Also when I get this straight after eating, I often feel short of breath/like I cant get enough air and need to take a deep breath, and it eventually goes. Sitting up straight makes it worse and makes my stomach/abdomen hurt/feel uncomfortable (only when I get this sick feeling etc straight after eating).
Lower left abdominal pain which is related to the bowel etc I believe, as it's the pain you get occassionally when you need to go/haven't gone in a while. I seem to have it most of the time, just a general discomfort, and often it hurts, it's a sharp stabby pain. More gas down there than usual! Again, "releasing" the gas shall we say seems to relieve the discomfort/bloating for a bit then eventually it dies down.
My appetite is fluctuating like mad. The other day I was so hungry and I just couldn't stop eating. Then the next day (yesterday) I was hardly hungry at all, felt hungriest at night time. Felt very hungry actually, but the moment I started eating it just went!
I keep getting mouth ulcers which is very unlike me. I got one in mid October and it went then straight away another one appeared...then went, then straight away got another...then it stopped. About a week ago I got one again...and it went and then a new one developed and I have it right now. They always seem to be on my gum/inside of my lip. They only last a few days but are painful and like I said, when one goes another appears straight away. As far as I'm aware my dental hygiene, etc is fine so it's not that.
I can hardly sleep. I never feel tired until the early hours of the morning. Quite often I stay awake all night and then just get up!
I sometimes get headaches that only hurt when I shake/move my head. When I'm not shaking or moving it, it still feels uncomfortable. I keep myself well hydrated, usually drink plain water or squash. I do drink tea everyday and I know caffeine dehydrates you but I only have about 2-3 a day. And other drinks too so I don't think it's dehydration.
Sometimes I get an extremely dry mouth and feel fatigued but this isn't as often as the other symtpoms.
I often get this lump in my neck where my adams apple is, but usually it does not stick out or I cannot feel it if i rub my hands up and down my neck. When it appears, it lasts for a day and hurts to touch and I feel it when I talk or swallow food. The last few times it's appeared it has lasted longer (a few days to a week) and I've felt it more when eating talking etc. I got it again recently and it has lasted a week or 2, but the pain went within a few days. It's about 1-2cm diameter.
My spots/acne has come back over the past few weeks and its quite itchy. On my back and shoulders and chest. I'm on the mini Pill and it can cause acne, but I started vitamin supplements a few months ago and the acne cleared up. I still take the supplements and not changed my pill etc so they seem to have come back for no reason.
The other day (the day I felt starving) I had pasta for dinner and snacks later on that contained gluten. The next day (yesterday) I didn't feel that hungry and thats also when a new ulcer appeared. I felt strange when I was out (although it was stressful and busy cos of xmas) and just "funny" later on when we got home. Had a very dry mouth. In the morning I had a lot of nasty smelling gas down below! Had a bowel movement which was looser than usual but nothing abnormal, it was solid, bum was very sore (like when you've had diarrhoea). Went again in the afternoon (and I usually only go once a day) and it was normal. Felt odd in the evening, almost down/depressed feelings for no reason.
Similar things happened last week: had pasta for dinner, within a few hours I had a pain in my inside lip/gum area and it soon came out as an ulcer. The next day I had cereal and felt sick and nasty afterwards. For the rest of the day I had no appetite and ate nothing.
There was also one time recently where I had some chicken soup and French bread, got about halfway through and suddenly came over extremely tired and very sick, I fell asleep and had to leave the rest of it!
I've also had rapid heart rate since January, not palpitations, just my heart rate going faster than usual and it often speeds up like i've been exercising even if I haven't done anything!
I've been to the doctor about the heart rate and weight loss, got thyoid checked, full blood count, ESR, electrolytes, creatinine and urea, liver and kidney function all checked and the results were perfectly fine. Potassium is slightly low but by a fraction so nothing to worry about.
I take vitamin/mineral supplements daily too so I'm getting the nutrients etc I need. I could do better with fruit and veg 5 a day but in general I eat healthily and balanced diet, probably better than most people my age!
I went back to docs about stomach pains etc and she said it might be acid problems, gave me some tablets. I haven't tried them yet as the pains seemed to disappear - typical! Also, because I never feel tired at night until the early hours of the morning, if I fall asleep I won't wake up until the afternoon and you have to take these acid tablets 30 mins before food. But the first thing I try to do if I get up late is eat (because I'm trying to put weight back on because I've gotten so underweight). So I can't wait around half an hour. I know that sounds bad and I will try them because I want to see if they help, and if it's not acid-related they won't do any harm (so the doctor said). I keep forgetting too!