Strange Sensation of Hunger 15 Minutes After Eating
Hi Ted -
I'm hopeful that you might be familiar with my symptoms and can offer a suggestion. Thanks for all the time and dedication you put into the Earth Clinic site!
I'm a 39 year old female, living in Chicago.
Medical history: About 25 lbs overweight, - thanks to my last pregnancy (and have been unsuccessful in getting the weight off, despite many efforts) I have Polycystic ovary syndrome (so I am already aware my hormones are not right). Otherwise healthy, I think?? - however after reading your site I am likely highly acidic and will test this weekend - reason I being I have had 2 kidney stones in the past. I think my problem is hormonal, because at a particular point in my monthly menstrual cycle, I do not have this problem, which is when I have my period. At that time I am not usually hungry at all. But I'd love to hear your opinion on this.
My problem is the feeling I get 15 minutes after I eat. I've done a lot of experimenting over the years with foods and I cannot find a cause or resolution, nor can I find another human that can relate to this feeling. At breakfast (7:30am or so), I'm usually OK (tolerable) until about 10. By 10:00am I'm hungry - a normal hungry, so I have a snack. Generally an apple and some almonds. Snack goes alright, but 15 minutes later I have this gnawing feeling in my stomach that cannot be relieved by ANYTHING I've found. So I live with the feeling and have lunch about 12:00pm. By then the annoying feeling has subsided and true hunger has taken over, so I have my lunch as normal. Again, 15 minutes after I finished my lunch the gnawing feeling comes back. This gnawing feeling will get progressively worse as the day goes on, so by the time I've had dinner at 5:30pm my stomach ‘feels' like I've never eaten anything all day. The evenings are the absolute worst. I just want to eat anything in site to make the feeling go away - even though I know I should not be ‘hungry' because I just finished a meal or a snack and If I did eat more it wouldn't help anyway - I tried it. I refrain from eating after dinner despite my discomfort - but I am miserable with this feeling.
The discomfort is not painful, it's annoying and uncomfortable. Like being hungry, without the physical growling feeling. I'd rather be hungry with the growling, than experience this feeling. In other words - I feel worse after I eat - even if I was starving at the time. I call this symptom a ‘hungry feeling', but I'm sure I'm not actually hungry - I just don't know what else to call it. Obviously I can't just not eat all day - I have to eat, but I don't want to because I know I'll be so miserable afterward. This feeling also makes it more difficult to lose the 25 lbs I need too. The thought of eating less in a diet and still feeling awful is not appealing - if you know what I mean.
All soda - 2 years ago
All coffee - 1 year ago
All artificial sweeteners' - 2 years ago
High Fructose Corn Syrup - 6 months ago
Portion sizes don't seem to matter, I've tried big and small
Food groups don't seem to matter, I've arranged my diet so that I had days were I eliminated a food group for the entire day - no change in the feelings
I've tried HCL (Hydrochloric acid pills), no improvement.
I've tried fiber pills too - no luck
I'd estimate that 30% of my diet is now organic
I eat 5 small/medium meals a day
I eat fruits, veggies, eggs, soy, turkey, nuts, organic yogurt (my only dairy product), fish, chicken, beef occasionally. I cook and season with sea salt. Also, whole wheat pastas, very, very seldom eat breads or cereals. I consider myself a clean eater. I read the labels and study up on the ingredients if I don't know what they are.
I recently added White Chia Seeds to my diet for constipation - which eliminated the constipation, but did nothing for the problem described (I wasn't expecting it to though).
I take my Omegas
Sometimes I take a magnesium supplement to help me stay asleep.
When I spoke with my primary physician he immediately assumed that I had acid reflux and prescribed acid blockers. He guaranteed that if the acid was my problem then the medication would give me relief. I reluctantly tried and it never did work and so I stopped taking it. He then ordered an ultrasound to check for gall stones (which I didn't think I had anyway), and that came back negative. He then advised me to see a gastro specialist. At that point I stopped going to the Dr. for this problem because I felt like the Dr's were just eliminating things instead of helping me find the causes of the symptoms. My Dr's don't seem to like the fact I study medical issues often and am educated enough about them to question their reasoning. Anyway….
Also, previously - thyroid tested ‘normal', but on the low end. (‘I'm very sensitive to cold also, which can be thyroid or hormonal'). I've also seen a endocrinologist who did nothing other than confirm the fact that I had polycystic ovary syndrome and my adrenals are fine.
When I've tried to describe this problem to both Dr's they just look at me like I have 3 heads. They can't relate to someone who never gets that ‘full-happy' feeling after they eat.
Please let me know if there is any other information I can provide that might help you determine what could possibly be causing this.
Again, thank you for your help Ted. Your time is very much appreciated.