June 5, 2007 11:54 PM Subscribe
Why do I get full immediately after I start eating and feel so nauseous for so long after?
posted by Mael Oui to Health & Fitness (14 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a woman in her twenties who has been overweight her entire life. I also have a few endocrine issues, including a congenital adrenal imbalance and an inactive thyroid. I've been on dexamethasone for fourteen years and synthroid for about eight.
I've been having digestion problems for the past two or three years. Growing up, I don't recall ever being full after eating, and I could eat a lot at one meal. But, in the past few years, I find that I get uncomfortably full after eating a sandwich or a one-serving meal. I'm not overeating, and, in fact, I eat much less than what thin, healthy people are able to eat (I note this from watching my family and, also, observing people's eating habits in restaurants). And obviously I stop eating once I'm full. But, the point is, I'm getting full -- not a satisfied, happy full but a sickening, I-ate-too-much-at-the-buffet full -- from a ridiculously miniscule amount of food.
That's not the end of the story. For 2-3 hours (sometimes longer) after I eat these not-unreasonable portions of food, I feel NAUSEOUS. Like, I feel like it's going to come up. It doesn't, but I still feel wretched for those hours. I do tend to treat this with PeptoBismol, which probably isn't good since it seems to contribute to constipation (sorry, tmi?). I suppose there's a possibility that the Pepto really isn't doing anything but giving me some sort of 'psychological relief.' I've tried Tums, but it didn't provide the same sort of real or imaginary relief. And, of course, there's the possibility that my mind is making this much worse than it really is. Maybe it's just a minor digestive problem, and I'm making it into a serious one. I don't know, but I do reach this point of nausea, and it does last for hours. This is a daily occurance (almost every meal I eat), and this has been happening for a few years. As far as my diet goes, it's actually pretty healthy. I have determined that I have a problem with acidic foods and beverages (citrus, tomatoes, coffee, chocolate), so I don't consume most of them, and, when I do, it's not in conjunction with any other foods or beverages. So, I don't think that's the sole problem.
I can't really tolerate this anymore, so my question(s) (and I do fear the answers because WebMD hasn't been too kind): What do you suppose could be wrong? Has anyone experienced anything like this? Does anyone have any suggestions for how to treat this? (I suppose I'm *hoping* for dietary changes, natural/DIY treatments, or safe OTC meds rather than 'Get thee to a doctor!,' but I'll take anything at this point.)