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    Please don't take the mick, as this is a pretty distressing problem for me.

    Basically, I'm constantly hungry. Ravenous when I wake up, right through to when I fall asleep, no matter how much I eat or what I eat.

    I've tried drinking loads of water, water of different temperatures and fizzy drinks (sugar free). I make sure I eat a balanced diet that's lower in simple carbs and high in protein and fibre, but no matter how big a meal I eat I'm still just as hungry (if not sometimes more so) when I finish. I snack all the time, I try mainly to snack on fruit and vegetables to be healthy, but no matter what I snack on I'm still hungry. Even when I've gone out for dinner and had a huge 3 course meal at a restaurant, I come home and raid the fridge because I'm hungry again.

    I've tried various things that are supposed to help suppress the appetite: chewing gum, smoking, nicotine gum/patches/lozenges/inhaler, agar flakes, ephedrine, green tea, coffee, caffeine pills, brushing my teeth; nothing has worked. I'm getting to the point where I'm almost desperate enough to want to try cocaine or amphetamines

    I went to see the doctor a couple of times. First time they just said that because I'd eaten so much I'd "stretched my stomach" so it had just come to expect that much food, and if I restricted my food to either three regular meals spaced over the day or several little meals throughout the day, I'd be fine. I tried it, and it was agony. I felt like I was starving myself, and I couldn't cope. I measured my blood sugar periodically, and it was always normal. Second time I went to the doctor about it, they agreed to run a load of blood tests, all came back negative and when I went back to the doctor to discuss it, she just shrugged and said "Well I guess if you're going to be eating all day, at least try and make sure it's healthy stuff" and to try exercising. I try and exercise as much as I can, but if anything it just makes me hungrier.

    I wouldn't mind so much if I was one of those people that can eat and eat and not get fat, but sadly I am not. I'm seriously piling on the pounds, I look horrendous, my clothes are starting to not fit, and I'm worried I'm going to relapse with my bulimia. I got over it once, but I'm getting more and more tempted to start again This is really depressing me.

    I really need some advice, please.
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    Guess that's nothing I can do then
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    I feel your pain somewhat as i'm on the pill, which basically makes me feel hungry ALL THE BLOODY TIME! And as a conseqence i've put on about a stone and a half. Not fun. It sounds like you've exhausted most of the avenues, all i would suggest is keep as busy as possible, keep your mind occupied so you don't think about food or how hungry you feel. Go out and about a lot to places where you can't buy food. If you've struggled with Bulimia in the past than that explains your food 'fixation' somewhat. Does your doctor know you've suffered from this in the past? CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) could really help you, although there is a long waiting list for it on the NHS. The fact that your blood results came back normal suggests that this may be a psychological issue rather than a biological one. Hope this helps a bit,.
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    Are you on the contraceptive pill?
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    When you're feeling hungry have some honey. It's great for you too.
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    perhaps its due to the damage youve done to your stomach from purging, especially if you were bulimic for a long time. if you are going to exercize, try to do it at night so you dont have time to eat afterwards. i used to be like this but the hunger was in my head because food was kind of running my life, but now im busier it happens less. i am still rarely full though so i know what you mean.
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    Get off the sugarfree drinks. Even though they're calorie free they provoke an insulin response which provokes fat storage. Apart from that I don't know, but that might help a little bit.
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    I'm really sorry to hear about your problem - it sounds like you've tried pretty much everything and have been really sensible about it too. How annoying I go through periods when I feel like this but only for a couple of days or so, so while I do understand it, it's nothing as extreme as what you're feeling and mine is always balanced by having no appetite after a couple of days. Really, the only thing I can think of is carrying on trying to see different doctors until someone is willing to really sit there, make an effort and investigate what is going on here, and be willing to appreciate the fact that it's causing problems for you. It's lowering your quality of life and that's something that all good doctors normally consider when assessing a patient. They should at least refer you to someone they think could help if they can't do anything themselves. I agree with what someone else said about the fact that it could be something to do with what you did to your stomach during your struggle with bulimia but I'm really just speculating. Similarly it could be that your fixation on food has just taken a different form and it's a psychological problem which is affecting you physically. You have every right to keep going back to doctors until they offer you some kind of solution or something to try, even if it's just referring you to an eating disorder specialist, psychologist, nutritionist or whatever. It is a serious issue for you and you need to make sure they appreciate that! No one can possibly understand what they haven't experienced but that doesn't mean that they shouldn't appreciate its impact on you. :hugs: good luck and make sure you look after yourself! x
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    Thank you everyone, you've been very helpful. I feel a little better just from some friendly responses :hugs:
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    Do you think some of it might be psychological? Like you're not actually hungry, but food is your way of dealing with things or something... I don't know I don't really have an explanation for it. But if you're eating healthily and adequately then you would expect that you shouldn't be hungry anymore... meh.. what a **** reply, sorry!
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    Please don't take the mick, as this is a pretty distressing problem for me.

    Basically, I'm constantly hungry. Ravenous when I wake up, right through to when I fall asleep, no matter how much I eat or what I eat.

    I've tried drinking loads of water, water of different temperatures and fizzy drinks (sugar free). I make sure I eat a balanced diet that's lower in simple carbs and high in protein and fibre, but no matter how big a meal I eat I'm still just as hungry (if not sometimes more so) when I finish. I snack all the time, I try mainly to snack on fruit and vegetables to be healthy, but no matter what I snack on I'm still hungry. Even when I've gone out for dinner and had a huge 3 course meal at a restaurant, I come home and raid the fridge because I'm hungry again.

    I've tried various things that are supposed to help suppress the appetite: chewing gum, smoking, nicotine gum/patches/lozenges/inhaler, agar flakes, ephedrine, green tea, coffee, caffeine pills, brushing my teeth; nothing has worked. I'm getting to the point where I'm almost desperate enough to want to try cocaine or amphetamines

    I went to see the doctor a couple of times. First time they just said that because I'd eaten so much I'd "stretched my stomach" so it had just come to expect that much food, and if I restricted my food to either three regular meals spaced over the day or several little meals throughout the day, I'd be fine. I tried it, and it was agony. I felt like I was starving myself, and I couldn't cope. I measured my blood sugar periodically, and it was always normal. Second time I went to the doctor about it, they agreed to run a load of blood tests, all came back negative and when I went back to the doctor to discuss it, she just shrugged and said "Well I guess if you're going to be eating all day, at least try and make sure it's healthy stuff" and to try exercising. I try and exercise as much as I can, but if anything it just makes me hungrier.

    I wouldn't mind so much if I was one of those people that can eat and eat and not get fat, but sadly I am not. I'm seriously piling on the pounds, I look horrendous, my clothes are starting to not fit, and I'm worried I'm going to relapse with my bulimia. I got over it once, but I'm getting more and more tempted to start again This is really depressing me.

    I really need some advice, please.

    Aw i just tried to pm you then realised it was anon dammit
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    do you eat enough fat? i've found that if i don't get enough (healthy) fats, i am constantly starving. i eat pretty similarly to what you've described (complex carbs, plenty of fruit and veg etc.) and so used to be baffled as to why i was always hungry, but i found that once i added stuff like peanut & almond butter, hummus and olive oil on my veggies, i felt a lot better. i also eat less now.

    oh and definitely get rid of the diet fizzy drinks, they used to fill my tummy up with fizz but then make me even hungrier afterwards! i know there's been studies that have shown that artificial sweeteners actually increase appetite, and whilst i'm not certain of their scientific validity, it seemed to apply to me.

    as others have said though, do you think there's any possibility it could be partly psychological? you mentioned that you've suffered with bulimia in the past, so are you sure you're not wanting to eat to feel 'full' in another sense rather than a physical one? i'm not trying to patronise you: i've suffered with anorexia (and binging tendencies) and have sometimes found myself eating to make myself feel better, whilst not being necessarily aware of it. you 'feel' hungry, but then again, eating disorders are renowned for messing with hunger and satiation cues.

    anyway, good luck the best advice i can give is just try not to get too stressed about it, but definitely do go back to the doctor if it doesn't resolve itself soon. in the meantime just try to listen to your body, it's not stupid and it will sort itself out in the end. even if you are gaining weight, it honestly will go back down once the problem gets sorted so try not to panic.
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    could be a thyroid gland problem?
 
 
 
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