Having had stomach issues on and off for years now, I wouldn't worry too much. Anything that is traumatic to the body (a bad virus, kidney stones, surgeries, etc.) are bound to leave some aftermath. I haven't felt hunger for almost two years, and I'm still doing alright! I just know to eat on a schedule, and fortunately (or unfortunately) I have low blood sugar, so I know to eat when I start to shake. The lightheadedness could be related to your lack of appetite in that same way. You need to eat to keep the sugars up in your blood, otherwise you may feel faint, or lightheaded.
On another note, aspartame is really not good for you. If you can, try switching to honey, stevia, or even raw sugar. All of these things are remarkably healthier. Especially unpasterized honey, which can help with any harmful bacteria in your body.
As for the rest of what you wrote (gas, varied stools, etc.) I cannot offer you much. I am not a doctor, and you should definitely speak with your doctor about all of these things.
Good luck, and I hope you feel much better soon!
I had trouble regaining my appetite after gallbladder stones and surgery for that. In fact, for six months before I found out it was my gallbladder, I had no appetite and didn't even want water, despite the fact I was working outside in the heat. I thought I had pancreatic cancer, so that's why I didn't bother seeing a doctor. Thankfully I was wrong.
Do see the GI doctor. I do not think you have cancer, but you need to find out if anything is going on that needs treatment or diet changes. You may have reflux esophagitis, hiatal hernia, an ulcer, gallbladder stones or dysfunction, food allergies or Celiac disease. Celiac disease is an allergy to wheat gluten that is becoming very common. If you have that, you will need to stop eating gluten-containing foods. Failing to make the change will make you susceptible to cancers in the future, so that's why you need to see a doctor now.
Until your appointment, you should try to eat lean meat and vegetables that are not too gassy. Keeping a record of what you are eating and what reactions you are having later may be helpful.
Taking a product like Gas-Ex (something with simethicone) may help your comfort level while you wait to see the doctor.
Thanks for the replies. So far still not very hungry. Am still able to eat though when I sit down and eat just because I know I am supposed to. No problems still with eating a decent amount in one sitting. It seems to be much more difficult in the morning to eat though than it is later in the day, probably because the gas is worse in the morning. Since writing this I have gotten a bit more constipated, I was only able to squeeze out a small tear dropped shaped stool about 5 minutes ago, the larger end of the tear drop was much firmer than the other end. For some reason I still can't figure out some parts of my stool are firmer than other parts. I should also be producing more stool than what I am producing because like I said I -AM- eating an ok amount, I had a chicken cheese steak on Sunday (light on the cheese) and a half a pizza earlier today. Ive been drinking an 8 oz boost a day an 16 oz of fuze health drink and also some peach mango V8 vfusion fruid juice. I also noticed that with my light headedness it comes more when I lay on one side and also when I eat or drink something. All I know is the GI appointment can't come soon enough. I don't know what is going on with me but I don't like it.
I noticed eating or drinking (no matter what I eat or drink) triggers brief lightheaded spells. I wonder if that is related to what I am going through right now.
I just read your post. I am post gallbladder surgery by 4 weeks... I still have very little appetite and wake up many days with nausea all day.... Before surgery, I was nauseated for three weeks with belching and bile diarrhea---they did so many tests:CT scan, ultrasound, small bowel study with barium, endoscope, many blood tests----all normal---I am scared of pancreatic cancer too because I also have pain in my left ribs----my doctor says the CT scan would have shown cancer---he says I have had no abnormal test except the HIDA scan showed low functioning gallbladder---did you suffer after your surgery? I am on prilosec 10 days and now take carafate the past two days and gaviscon as needed---I just feel so much fear. I have read about others who had problems after gallbladder surgery ---oh and my gastro doctor did find inflammation with the endoscope---