Zero appetite, not getting adequate nutrition
I have been "diagnosed" with a mystery AI polyneuropathy. It was thought primarily some kind of motor neuron disease, but then came awful sensory involvement, and what appears to be autonomic involvement as well, based on GI issues. The pain, bloating, nausea are bad enough, but I have not eaten normally for years now. I have less than no appetite. It is dead. Eating is always forced, never enjoyable, and difficult to undertake.(I used to love cooking and everything around healthful eating) I have been trying to eat an AI paleo diet per Terry Wahls, but it calls for massive amounts of veggies and animal protein, which I just can't get into me. I've tried to contact her directly but of course, no money, no information. I carry 30 pounds less than my pre-illness healthy, fit, muscular self. Now I'm skin draped over shrinking muscle. I don't know what to do or where to turn. My doc has offered nothing though I always mention my sinking weight. Obesity, that gets their attention. But overt malnutrition, not so much. Of course, I figure my disabling fatigue would be improved if I could eat. Has anyone ever had and/or resolved this struggle?
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Hello @grokking — Have you thought about getting a second opinion from another doctor? I found a Mayo Clinic page that seems to describe what may be going on. It describes inflammatory bowel disease:
I'm not sure if it's a possibility for you but Mayo Clinic is very good at diagnosing hard to diagnose diseases and health problems. If you would like to seek help from Mayo Clinic, please call one of our appointment offices. The contact information for Minnesota, Arizona and Florida
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I'm tagging other members who are more familiar with digestive health problem and may be able to offer some suggestions. @kanaazpereira, @dawn_giacabazi, @kdubois, @kariulrich, @vdouglas do you have any suggestions for @grokking?
Sounds to me like some form of Amyloid, perhaps Light Chain Deposit. It is a protein misfolding disease, and total loss of appetite is not at all unusual. Look it up on the Mayo search line. Weight loss in spite of strong efforts to eat a good diet is one of the symptoms of LCDD. Ask Dr. Martha Grogran or Dr. Rajkumar.
Thanks, John. I've had hundreds of labs, nerve conduction studies/EMGs repeatedly, and nerve biopsy, PET, MRIs, CAT scans, and the polyneuropathy types are well documented (well, at least the sensorimotor part).. This is definitely not bowel related (other than my microbiome), rather, more upper gut, nausea, pain, etc. It is pretty classic for autonomic stuff. But I can't eat and it's destroying me. I am poor now, can't afford travel or more doctors. Just hoping one person might have a solution. You are so kind to respond.
Thank you, Oldkarl! I appreciate the input. I will take a look at amyloidsis again, but I am most interested in figuring out a way to get better nutrition into me. Hope you are good.
Your problem with eating is not a good sign. I have crohns disease and the pain associated with it is painful. Your tests with imaging machines like PET have a few problems… they are good for detail on a certain level but struggle on multiple axis like 3 Dimension and growth areas. Try my facebook page …
for tips and advice involving these issues.
Its important to know what youre eating… i.e what it looks like, even how you cut it, prepare it.
This is to get the most nutritional value out of it.
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Thanks for your thoughtful response. I know, this is a bad thing not well understood, apparently. I am VERY careful of what I do eat, organic, no grains, beans, dairy, but getting it in me is dicey. I'm gonna go look at your page. Thanks!
I could not locate you on FB. : – (
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I tend to do the same. Im interested in my thesis aboutvthe effects of everything about food preparation and its effects on metabalism. Ive posted my cirrect link to you sorry.