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Excessive hunger, strep, antibiotics????!!!

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  • Posted By: notyetnever
  • August 22, 2007
  • 01:30 AM

I have been extremely hungry for the past week and nothing satisfies me. I'm male, 5'11, 164 lbs, so normal height/weight ratio and I haven't been exercising so the hunger is not from that. The only thing that has recently changed is that I had strep and was on antibiotics for a long time.

I was on amoxicillin (875 mg) for 10 days for strep. The strep did not go away, so I was then on Biaxin (500 mg) for only 6 days. I stopped taking it the 6th day because it was on the 4th day that the insatiable hunger started and I couldn't stand it anymore, though I'm not sure if it's related to the antibiotics. My hunger has gone away somewhat, but I am eating 3 lunches and 2 dinners every day and I have gained some weight, but not too much.

I'm hungry roughly every 2 hours no matter what I eat and have had gas for awhile now. I know I am not digesting my food completely as evidence by my stool. I am also irritable, sometimes dizzy, and feel nauseous and faint. So it's really impacting my life and work and I don't know what else to do. I am taking probiotics but not sure if that is helping much. It seems like if I drink those nutrition drinks, Ensure or Boost, that it keeps the hunger away for an extra hour, but still comes back with a vengeance. It's horrible because I'm now waking up at night because I'm starving. If anyone has had the same experience, please let me know.

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  • You could have a duodenal ulcer, the constant hunger is one symptom. You might want to at least try an over the counter antacid such as Prilosec. D
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 30, 2007
    • 04:08 PM
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  • ^ Good thought, but it's not constant hunger with a duodenal ulcer. THe person eats constantly because by doing so, the pylorus closes off and gives the duodenum a holiday from being bathed in acid for the next few hours. So people learn to constantly eat whether they're hungry or not. Meanwhile, that explanation has nothing to do with the possibility that this person may have a real ulcer. They could have anything, really, but hyperphagia is most commonly a catabolic mechanism designed to help you regain your lost muscle mass and fat from whatever you were battling just recently. Just eat whatever your body asks of you, work out, exercise, and stay fit. Your appetite will normalize when you go back to the right body mass. Good luck!
    GI guy 45 Replies
    • August 31, 2007
    • 05:38 AM
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