AS and loss of apetite/hunger

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Hi all

I'm wondering if there's anyone else out there who's experiencing loss of appetite and hunger?

I'm never hungry. I can go 2 days without eating at all. During the weekends I barely eat at all, during the week it's easier to remember to eat because I see that my coworkers are eating lunch and that reminds me that it's time to eat. But I'm still not hungry, I just eat 'because I should'.

And just so you know it...I am NOT depressed. I'm enjoying life, I have a fulfilling life and I'm happy.

I don't have any other health issues except AS and vitamin d deficiency (which started long before this lack of hunger).

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    I did lose my appetite months before my doctor even realised something was wrong. Even now I have to remind myself to eat regularly but I do eat much much healthier now. I try to follow an anti-inflammatory diet and it's easier when I'm not very hungry or not craving junk food.

    Is your stomach upset too? I think IBS is a symptom of AS so it could be a sign that your stomach just isn't happy. I kept a food diary for ages and slowly cut some foods that were making me react and slowly my stomach issues are healing but I'm seeing a specialist for that next month so I'll see what he thinks

    But I think low appetite in general is common with this

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    Hi Everybody,

    Yes, I experience the same, and also have IBS and lack of vitamin D before even know about AS (diagnosed 7 months ago). But I admit I am also stressed with other issues (eg job, personal) and even I am not hungry I started to eat not so healthy food, hope I will stop that.

    Wish you all a lot of health!

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    Thank you for your answers.

    The thing is... My stomach is fine except this but eating this irregularly of course isn't good. I am actually less stressed out nowadays, got a new job 3 months ago and I love it. Guess I'll talk to my GP about IBS.

    I've actually gained some weight too, I'm guessing my metabolism is set to zero.

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    Do you have heart burn, constipation, diarrhea, excess uncomfortable gas, pain anywhere on stomach etc?

    The lack of appetite could just be a sign of an auto immune disease. Maybe our bodies are trying to tell us something? Eat less, less pain.. or eat less of certain foods, less pain..

    I'm a firm believer in listening to your body and what it's trying to tell you.

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