Anorexia is a common symptom present in various medical conditions ranging from less severe fever or common cold to deadly cancer. Hence the cause for anorexia must be identified and corrected. Failure of the same leads to nutritional deficiencies, dehydration, weight loss, anemia, energy loss, etc. Decreased appetite is known as anorexia. It can also be due to stress and other psychological disorders like depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorders, anorexia nervosa, etc. Central nervous system stimulants like Amphetamine, Nicotine, Cocaine, etc., and narcotics like Morphine, Heroin, etc., also cause anorexia.
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My friend has anorexia nervosa, and she restricts herself from eating food as it makes her feel guilty. Please help.
Query: Hello doctor, My friend is suffering from anorexia nervosa. She is 20 years old. A few months back, she starved for almost three months. From there, problems started. Now, she has a fear of food. After eating, she feels guilty and quits eating. Her mood fluctuates often and she feels anxious. She fe... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and can understand your concern. You should try to follow the below lifestyle to deal with it. These are non-pharmacological steps that will help you. 1. You should exercise daily for 30 to 45 minutes like at least going for a walk. 2. You should... Read Full »
What is the significance of an elevated CA-19 tumor marker?
Query: Hello doctor, I have a question regarding the significance of an elevated CA-19 tumor marker. I recently had one and that came back as 43 (per laboratory should have been under 34). I do not have cancer and I am wondering what else could cause this elevation? Please help. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. CA 19-9 (cancer antigen) is a tumor marker, but it can be elevated in healthy individual. It can be elevated in benign conditions like pancreatitis, cirrhosis, thyroid disease and inflammatory bowel disease. It can be elevated in various gastrointesti... Read Full »
Why do I regurgitate after each meal with taste of the same food I ate?
Query: Hello doctor, I am a teen and I believe I have rumination syndrome as 5-10 minutes after every meal, I regurgitate the food I eat but it is not digested and tastes like the food I recently ate. I often chew the food again and swallow, but it is quite annoying and it happens for about 20 minutes bef... Read Full »
Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.I can understand you must be upset about your condition lasting so long. You well described the symptoms and timings which are very important in your case. The symptoms you mention can present for many years harmlessly and at the time this accompanies other eating disord... Read Full »
I am struggling hard with bulimia and binge eating. Please help.
Query: Hi doctor,I am a 17 year old female struggling hard with bulimia and binge eating. My mom is anorexic, and so is my grandmother. I suffered from low weight until I started binging which has been going on for almost a year. I purge sometimes, and I am terrified of how much weight I continue to put on... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. According to your height, your weight is average. In bulimia, CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) is helpful. If Prozac (Fluoxetine) is not working, then you have to increase the dose of Prozac or shift to another medicine. It is a learning process so that you have to chan... Read Full »
My friend is suffering from anorexia nervosa. How can she mentally recover from this condition?
Query: Hello doctor, My friend is suffering from anorexia nervosa. She is 18 years old. A few months back, she starved for almost two months. From there, it all started. Now she has a fear of food. After eating, she feels guilty. She wants to quit eating. Her mood fluctuates, and she feels anxious. She fee... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concern. Anorexia nervosa is a type of eating disorder. In this, the affected person has an extreme fear of weight gain. Anorexia nervosa people usually suffer from depression. As per your description, your friend might be suffe... Read Full »
My doctor says that I have eating disorder but no anorexia. Please explain.
Query: Hi doctor, I am a 21-year-old female, 129.14 lbs. Over a year ago, I was diagnosed with anorexia (eating disorder) by my initial counselor and I have been under-recovery for the same for over a year. During the course of my recovery, I had to change my therapist. The new therapist, recently, during... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Anorexia is a type of eating disorder where the weight is 85 % or below the normal range. In addition to eating disorder symptoms like restricted food intake, self-induced vomiting, menstrual disturbances, etc., the body weight has to be 15% below normal to diagn... Read Full »
I have memory issues, problems typing, anorexia, stress, and temple bone deformity. Is it due to autism?
Query: Hi doctor, I have been having memory issues and issues typing on my phone, like forgetting words. I am under a lot of mental stress, and I have anorexia. I have had a CT scan which revealed I have autism, and I have been told not to panic. Is there a structural change in my right temple region? Coul... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query and understood your concern. Considering the history and development of new symptoms like memory issues, forgetting words, and typing problems, as well as the presence of a structural abnormality in your right temporal lobe, I suggest you to u... Read Full »
I am having loose motions, vomiting, and feeling very weak. Kindly help.
Query: Hi doctor, For the past six days, I am not feeling to eat food, but I am hungry. I am eating only one meal. From yesterday, I have had loose motions and vomiting. I am feeling very weak. Kindly help. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for writing in, and I understand your concern. As per the information you shared, you must be suffering from acute gastroenteritis. This is the infection of the gut. It is due to this you do not feel like eating. I saw the photograph attached (attachments wer... Read Full »
Is it safe to take tablet Metformin to prevent diabetes and decrease body weight?
Query: Hello doctor, I read over the internet that tablet Metformin helps decrease the weight and prevents the onset of diabetes. Both my parents are diabetics and I weigh 70 kg. Hence, I want to use Metformin for diabetes prevention and weight loss. Yesterday, I took 500 mg and I do not feel any problem... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I suggest you do not take the tablet if you are not clinically diagnosed as diabetic as it could lead to serious problems. I would strongly advise you to not to take it anymore. To prevent diabetes, one has to change the lifestyle like diet, and have to do exercise or ... Read Full »
I am taking a lesser amount of food as I feel obese. Am I anorexic?
Query: Hello doctor,I have had a loss of appetite and a feeling of nausea after eating for a while now. I also see myself as fat although I have been told I am not. I used to lower the amount of food I ate so that I would not put on weight. I only ate dinner as a way of getting thinner. Does this make me a... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You seem to be suffering from anorexia nervosa as you have been eating less so as not to gain weight, in spite of being told that you are not fat. It is a type of a psychiatric disorder. So, I suggest you consult a psychiatrist regarding this. For your complaints of n... Read Full »