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- 22, male
- Had bloating, early satiety, nausea (no vomiting), frequent burping everyday for the past 3 weeks
- No abdominal pain (just discomfort due to bloating) or abnormal stools
- Some days better than others, but feeling tired/weak due to lack of nutrition
- Waiting for insurance coverage to start to see a doctor
(Please see questions below)
I'm 22, recently graduated from college. I started feeling nauseated midway through some meals during my final year, but thought nothing of it since it usually went away within an hour. This only happened occasionally (once every few weeks).
Three weeks ago, I started eating less and less because I didn't feel hungry. If I tried to eat something, I would feel full very quickly, or the nausea would kick in soon after. Every day since then, I've had decreased appetite/early satiety, frequent burping during and after meals, and bloating (especially during the first week), and mild nausea (I have never actually vomited, but burping usually allieviates the discomfort a little).
First week: No appetite, frequent bloating and nausea after every meal.
Second week: Could eat a little (around 1/4 of my regular sized portions). The bloating went away towards the end of the week and nausea increaesd.
Third week: Mostly same as second week.
Other than that, I have had no abdominal pain (though sometimes I can feel and hear my left and right-side intestines gurgling), bloody/abnormal stools, vomiting, or serious symptoms.
The only exception was yesterday morning, where I felt perfectly normal. I was able to eat lunch (I opted for a bit less since I didn't want to overeat) and even felt a difference in burping - burps felt "lighter", while during the three weeks they felt "heavier" and "trapped".
Yesterday night, I ate two squares of tofu (didn't realize it was a "gassy" food at the time) and then suddenly felt much more nauseated after dinner. This morning, the bloating and nausea seems to have returned, putting me back to square one.
I haven't seen a doctor yet because I currently have no health insurance and am waiting for my coverage to begin, but that will take about a month's time. I will see one as soon as I am able, but in the mean time, I need some advice.
1) I have been keeping my foods bland and eating smaller portions throughout the day. Are there any other lifestyle or diet changes I should make to reduce my symptoms?
2) What foods should I be eating or avoiding (gassy foods)? Should I be incorporating more fiber or less fiber in my diet? Are fruits okay? Yogurt?
3) Is it better to sit down and rest, or would exercise help me feel better?
4) Are my symptoms serious enough / lasted long enough that I should see my doctor anyway, even without insurance and can't afford the tests?
Thank you for any helpful responses.
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