5 Conditions That Cause Difficulty in Eating
There can be various reasons in gastroenterology why a person might have difficulty eating, or might not feel like eating at all. These range from a general loss of appetite due to stress, or a physical condition that causes problems in eating. Leading gastroenterologists in Gurgaon, who deal with all sorts of gastric treatment in Gurgaon on a daily basis say that a short-term loss of appetite for a couple of days isn’t a concern, but if you find you struggle for weeks to eat properly, and that you’re losing weight from not eating, you need to seek medical advice. These top gastroenterologists in Delhi NCR suggest 5 common conditions which can make it hard to eat. Have a look: 1. Infection It’s hard to taste food when you’re sniffing and bunged up, and we often don’t feel like eating when it’s at its worst. Just make sure you drink enough to help your body get better, faster. Mouth infections too, can cause a cold sore that can make chewing food painful, as can poor dental health or new orthodontics, so you may find you eat less, and need to avoid foods that ‘sting’ the mouth, such as fruit juices. Short-lived infections like Norovirus and gastroenteritis cause diarrhoea and vomiting that will make you not want to eat. 2. Stress, anxiety and depression Stress, anxiety and depression can affect your appetite, whether it is eating too much, too little, or causing a tummy upset that makes you feel like you don’t want to eat. A change in a job or relationship can bring on stress and weight loss, but with time to get used to a change in circumstances, your appetite should return. Eating a balanced diet can help you feel better, as can exercise and in some cases psychological treatment. 3. Hypothyroidism People with an underactive thyroid may put on weight despite having no appetite and eating little. The condition is caused by a lack of hormones being produced by the thyroid, but thyroid medication can improve your appetite. 4. Heart, liver and kidney problems In heart failure, a build-up of fluid can affect digestion, reduce your appetite and make you feel sick, bloated or full, even though you’ve had little to eat. These symptoms indicate that your heart failure may be getting worse you should contact your doctor or nurse. A poor appetite can also be a symptom in the later stages of chronic kidney disease, as well as liver cirrhosis and other liver problems. Then again, one shouldn’t jump to conclusions without a full medical check-up. 5. Gallstones Bile is a liquid made by the liver to help with digestion and is stored in the gallbladder until needed. In people with gallstones, crystals form in the bile that can grow to resemble a pebble. There may be no symptoms, but when passing through a bile duct (a type of tube) a gallstone can cause pain if it gets stuck. The pain occurs at the top of the abdomen, on the right-hand side and just under or in the middle of the ribs. It can come in waves and last for a few hours, and you may feel sick or vomit.