Fibromyalgia and IBS go hand in hand, but I find my Appetite fluctuates severely too, not just because of IBS.
At times I’m starving no matter how much I eat, or I suddenly feel sick while eating and can’t eat another bite for hours. The IBS only worsens my symptoms, making certain foods suddenly off limits as my stomach doesn’t agree with them.
When my fatigue is at its worst and I’m exhausted with a fuzzy head, unable to concentrate yet unable to sleep, my body decides the only way to gain energy is to eat. But the problem is I then cannot stop eating. Not matter how much I have, my stomach still rumbles and I feel empty. I crave all the bad things I should eat in moderation and yet can’t help but binge. It seems to be the only way my body can cope with the fatigue. I’ve tried drinking water to quench my first and stop me thinking about food but it just doesn’t work. It’s as though my body goes into survival mode, as if I haven’t eaten for months and suddenly need all the food possible to survive.
Some days my IBS plays up and means that I go off my food, getting stomach cramps and feeling bloated. The complete opposite to the above. It can be really worrying and confusing when my body fluctuates between hunger and stomach issues. It can also be embarrassing when around others when I have to run to the toilet 10 times a day or have trapped wind which can be excruciating. All I can do is take tablets to try and ease my stomach and hope they work.
When on my period, these symptoms flare up to the point I am constantly switching between starvation mode and bloating, with no in between.
The worst part is when for no reason, while eating a meal, my body suddenly decides I can’t eat another mouthful. Just the thought of eating makes me feel sick. This I find embarrassing as it happens most when I’m out for a meal and I I about what others will think of me. They might think I’m being rude or am weird. I just hate those moments and the only thing I can do is distract myself from the food and make sure I drink.
It seems with fibromyalgia the body doesn’t understand what it needs so almost creates a fight or flight response when it comes to appetite, trying to compensate with either hunger or nausea, sometimes even both at the same time. I’ve tried changing my diet and have worked out certain foods like fruits that don’t agree with me, and it does help me manage my symptoms a little but the extremes are still severe for me.