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Hi,

I have been having alot of stomach problems lately. The weird thing is that I eat a good amt of food (example have some soup, yogurt, etc.) and a half hour later I am starving, then I eat and feel really nauseous after. The same thing happens at night, but I wake up feeling like I haven't eaten in days...

Does anyone else experience this??

Jacquie

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Yes!!!!!!!!!!!! It's like my body has lost the ability to know when to eat, or it misreads cues somehow. I pretty much eat all of the time, because I have ZERO tolerance for being hungry, yet I fight nausea to some degree 24/7. But it is a weird nausea. Not the commode-hugging kind, but the more like the mild morning sickness kind.

I check my blood sugar, too, and even when I feel like I'm starving, my blood sugar is not low.

Weird.

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Hi Jacquie,

Have you been tested for any food allergies, lactose intolerance etc? Just wondering whether you are having a reaction to something you're eating. Or have you done anything to change your routine lately, in terms of sleep, exercise or changing/starting meds? Sometimes this screws with my stomach.

-Rita

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Guest CyberPixie

Oh, all the time! I hate the waking up at 4 or 5am with such raving hunger it feels as if my stomachs trying to eat itself! I eat porridge at 9.30pm to help stave it off but sometimes I still wake like it and it's so bad it makes me feel nauseaous.

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Two thoughts.

Have you been tested or are you being treated for hyperacidity in the stomach? The lining of your stomach may be irritated and it comes across as hunger.

Are you eating sugary foods before you go to sleep? I can't or I wake up hungry and my sleep is affected.

Feel better.

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I get that all the time! Or I eat a whole meal and right afterwards feel hungry, this happened the other day and I didn't want to eat more cause I just ate a meal.

I actually find the same thing as futurehope, I have to stay away from sugary fod later in the evening or I wake up feeeling that extreme hunger/sick feeling the next morning.

Good luck!

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Guest sonotech

I have stomach problems ALSO, and I DO have the same hunger problems but dont know why.

I get SEVERE stomach pains all the time (the kind that can make you cry and break out in a sweat) but previous colonoscopy showed no problems.

I also feel like I am hungry ALL THE TIME. I have started to think it could be related to the meds (possibly??).

Just know that you arent alone on this one!

LAURA

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Hi guys,

Thanks for all the replies. My GI doc wanted to do a colonoscopy but was nervous about doing it, because of my heart problems. I guess it can bother your vasavagal nerves and mess up your heart rate.?? Something like that! :blink:

Right now I am on Protonix once a day and I feel a LITTLE better, but not much better. Anyhow, a little is better than none!

Jacquie

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hi jacquie--the same thing ahppens to me.. I will wake up in the middle of the night or wake up in the morning.. absolutely starving!!.. if i wake up in the middle of the night hungry.. I usualy can not go to sleep till i get up and eat something.. I usually go with scrammbled eggs and toast.. or something salty (and startchy--like a bit of mashed taters and gravy..not thbest but it fills me up quickly..)

But I find that too when I wake up like that that within- minutes of eating.. I'm a running to the potty.. w/sever gut pain.. the chills.. and major nausea.. or I just wake up with the pain in the mniddle of the night..

have you by chance tried levsin yet for when you wake up w/ tummy pain?? it can help woth things.. I take it when I realy bad off.. or when I have to travel...

kinda funny story here.. but when I was like 16-17 yrs. old.. I used to sleep walk quite a bit.. only I must have been quite hungry when i sleep walked b/c I'd wake up and I would find granola bar wrappers-hoho wrapers (little debbie's)..a jar of green olives--empty-cookies- and usually some kind of drink on my bed side table..eaten.. and I would always be amazed at the amount of food that was sitting there.. and often wondered where it came from!! LOL.. i guess i was potsy and hungry then to in the middle of the night !!

when I would actually wake up and be aware of what i was doing.. I foten would down a jar of green olives.. and drink like a quart of milk just like that!! ~~~potsy moment~~ I was like 16 then

hahahaha.. so ok now you guys know I'm a real piggy of a sleep walking stuffing my face kinda girl!! hhahahaha!

hope that you feel better jacquie! and that you are smiling at my insanity of night time binging!! LOL-take care dear!

piggygirl!! :)

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Linda,

You just made me laugh my butt off!!! :)

Jacquie

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hehehe! i'm glad! laughter is the worlds best medicine!!

take care.. and seriously talk to your GI doc or PCP somebody about rying levsin.. sublingual (sp??) it does offer some relief.. it hasa few side efects.. but.. does help.. take care dear!! and keep on laughing!!

hugs

linda

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Having Gasrto on top of pots, Neuroathy etc...............really gets ta me after a while I do not handle the starving stuff very well. I mean sometimes I feel like I am literaly staarrving to death. I would rather eat someetthing light and have it come baack up than starv.

Night all

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  • 3 months later...

I know this is two months late, but YES, I'm having that "waking up in the middle of the night" or "I've just eaten, why am I starving now" feeling now! I first experienced it when I was coming off of Effexor XL. I was told that the feeling of starvation was a w/drawal symptom. I'm now coming off of Cardizem CD after being on it for seven years, and I'm again having that "starving" feeling, in the middle of the night, first thing in the morning, and about every two hours during the day. I'm also, right now, having very bad POTS symptoms. I don't know the connection between them all. Oh, and I suffer with gastritis and acid reflux, so who knows? Maybe just another POTS thing we have to deal with. Sorry I couldn't be of more help. Honestly, I'm glad to see I'm not alone in this, though. I'm glad you wrote about it.

Linda

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  • 13 years later...
Guest CastleWolf

Whoa... This post is really old, but I'm reviving it once more! I used to be fine when I was a kid, but when I was in college (diagnosed with POTS then), I woke up then (and still do) with ravenous hunger. It feels like what I imagine a hypoglycemia episode feels like, terrible hunger with the intense feeling that you'll die if you don't eat RIGHT NOW! It's very annoying. Some nights I don't have it, other nights I do. I can't figure out what the common thread is.

However, I think the hyperacidity that Futurehope mentioned is a good guess. But for those who are starving all the time, I don't know that acidity would be the answer for you. I actually feel not hungry most of the time. It's like my body just goes weak instead of growling at me... -_-

I'm trying to rule out whether eating before bed makes things better or worse. But so far, it doesn't seem to hold true either way. (I also have nightmares most nights and eat before bed most nights. However, even this doesn't seem to be true all the time.) 

I think acidity might have to do with things as I tend to get acid reflux at night and mornings. I didn't even think about the acidity...

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