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Hello to all - I hope everyone is feeling good today!

I am trying to figure out what this is.  I've asked Dr. Google, but he didn't see fit to give up any useful information (or more likely I'm just dense or my Googling skills need improving . . .) and searched on here but really can't get it figured.  What happens is that I will feel full (middle of my stomach, behind my ribs, will literally hurt as if I stuffed a basketball in there) after eating just a little bit; then, about 20 minutes after eating (unless I eat liquid or truly bird-like portions), I get light-headed, tachycardia and sometimes feel a hot "flash".  This has happened before for a few days, then stopped, and then started again seemingly overnight!  *I can't seem to relate it to any specific food or type of food; it seems to be more about quantity of solid food.*  What I can't figure out is what's going on and how this can change overnight.  The weekend before this past one, my husband and I were out to eat and I ordered a big plate of spaghetti and meatballs - huge portion.  And it was good.  I ate about a third of it at the diner, then another third a couple hours later at home, and the last third and the piece of garlic bread that came with it later on that evening.  But hearty portions each time.  Also ate some of my husband's fries and hush puppies.  Absolutely no discomfort whatsoever.  Five days later I eat a 200-calorie micro meal and whoa.  Tachy went to 160-something (Thanks, Pulse-Ox - I think!).  (Full disclosure - I started to feel full about 2/3 of the way through but went ahead and finished it all since there wasn't much left).  Does anyone experience anything remotely close to this and, if so, what is it?!  And how can it change overnight like that?  I plan to ask my doc about it but would like to get some kind of idea before I do.  Thanks for any thoughts/info you care to share and feel free to ask me any questions!

 

 

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Some people get symptomatic after eating because blood rushes to your stomach to help digest food. When this happens it can trigger dizziness, BP issues, etc. Not sure if this is what’s happening with you, but thought I’d mention it. 

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Thanks for response!  I've heard of this so maybe it's a possibility?  

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1 hour ago, Shannoncr said:

I get tachycardia after eating. sometimes I get sweaty too lol. 

Thanks for response - do you get it every time you eat, or just sometimes?

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it happens more so when I eat dinner but I think that’s because dinner is a bigger meal for me. but it’s not every time 

I also get that full feeling in my stomach even if I haven’t eating much or anything at all. 

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So sorry you are experiencing such awful symptoms.  In the past I have had tachycardia and dizziness after eating, and could only eat small amounts at a time.  For me it would be worse in the mornings and symptoms were less severe later in the day.  What you are describing does seem consistent with dysautonomia.  Hope you can see a specialist -- and get relief soon.

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13 hours ago, MomtoGiuliana said:

So sorry you are experiencing such awful symptoms.  In the past I have had tachycardia and dizziness after eating, and could only eat small amounts at a time.  For me it would be worse in the mornings and symptoms were less severe later in the day.  What you are describing does seem consistent with dysautonomia.  Hope you can see a specialist -- and get relief soon.

Thanks for reply, MTG!  Seeing my primary (or at least a doc who's in the practice; not my actual primary; he's booked a month out . . . but he's awesome . . .) about it later on today.  I agree about worse in the mornings; what is up with that morning stuff anyway?

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You're welcome!  Good you can see dr today.  Mornings are worse typically bc blood volume tends to be lowest then.  After hours of lying down and not drinking or taking in salt.

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You can talk to your primary about seeing a nutritionist to help you create a meal plan that is more comfortable for someone with dysautonomia. If you have more consistently sized meals you will be less likely to stress your system. The nutritionist can also talk to you about how to best maintain your balance of fluids and electrolytes through nutrition and smart eating.

 

 

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Have you been tested for, or talked with your doctor about, gastroparesis? It's common in people with autonomic disorders and the symptoms are similar to what you're describing. My gastro told me the symptoms can wax and wane in some people, or be worse at certain times. They have to do a motility test / nuclear scan to test for it (it's not bad). But if that's what it is, it can be treated with either a special diet or medication (or both). Before I was able to get testing and they suspected gastroparesis, my doctor had me do a trial gastroparesis diet for about 2 weeks to see if symptoms got better. It was basically a super low fiber, low fat diet.

Otherwise, I second what others have said about patients with POTS and tachycardia after meals due to blood pooling in the gut (I get it with some meals, not others, and I didn't actually turn out to have gastroparesis). 

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I have both stomach dumping and gastroparesis it just depends on what my body says is going to work or not work at any given time. Sorry you are having these problems, I would make sure to get with GI doctor for testing. Good luck

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