My problem is that I get hungry all the time. I think this started about 2 months ago. Before that, I could go 4+ hours without eating, sometimes I could go 6+ hours without getting hungry and thus forgetting to eat. But now on a bad day, I feel hungry 30 minutes after a big meal. Usually I will get hungry after 1-2 hours. My tummy rumbles and I feel a sucking sensation in it. If I don't eat straight away, I will almost always get dizzy, usually anxious and sometimes nausous. The dizzyness makes it difficult to focus on studying or anything else I try to do. It usually puts me in a bad mood because I get frustrated from always feeling hungry. If I get upset or nervous, the dizzyness tends to get worse. Sometimes the sucking feeling in my stomach is so intense it hurts.
I try to eat healthy, I never eat white bread and I never snack on fast-sugars. I have gotten more strict with this lately. I eat a lot of fruits and veggies, more than I used to.
I've been very skinny my whole life until last year, for no apparent reason, I gained about 20 pounds. As far as I'm aware, nothing in my lifestyle had changed, and I don't think I gained weight because I ate more. In fact I became a little more active than I had been before as I took intense dance classes. And if anything, I have started to eat more healthy than I ever had before. I didn't have to think about what I ate at all before because nothing really could make me gain weight and so I could eat junk food, sweets, white bread etc. I'm not sure if this weight gain might have something to do with my hunger problem. The latter is more recent than my gain in weight.
I have a friend who is hypoglychemic and when I explained my situation to her, she was quite convinced I have hypoglychemia as well, in which case she says I should avoid fast-sugars and eat a lot of proteins.
I've always had anxiety problems connected to being hungry. Especially in early mornings before breakfast I get what I call "brief pangs of anxiety". But this has actually gotten better and happened more when I was younger. In addition, my mood tends to get better almost immediately when I eat. I can feel the change even after just the first bite. I hadn't thought of it before but my mom has noticed it and told me.
A few of my friends suggested I might have a thyroid problem.
I began taking Omeprazol (proton pump inhibitor) every day to see if it would help. I've been taking them for over a month now and it's not helping. At first my hunger seemed to be a bit less intense than it was before I started, but overall it's the same as before.
Sometimes on particularly bad days I take a Novalucol (antacid) and this tends to help in the sense that I don't get dizzy if I don't eat, however I still feel hungry. Thus Novalucol makes the hunger bearable and I can wait the normal 4 or 5 hours before I eat again.
I am a 22 years old female and haven't had health trouble before.
Any ideas? Thanks a lot in advance! =)