I was wondering if having a reduced appetite, and not being able to eat much when eating at meals and feeling tried after eating was a normal feeling for people who have a C level spinal cord injury? It seems since after my accident (11 months ago) when I know I should be hungry I am really not hungry, and sometimes just don't eat. Then when I do decide to eat I can't eat much, and I feel tired afterwards. Anybody else have this problem?
Hi cordog Yes since my sci 2years ago I lost alot of weight ,I have to force myself to eat or I could literally go without eating . So I try to snack to keep calories.although I still dont eat enough. Its strange and I miss it ,the only time.I ate more was when I had a severe spastisity night and finally tried the cannabis which I had desperately tried to avoid I noticed then my appetite for junk came ,although I.dont.use it all the time only moments of utter despair when all else fails ,, I did think lack of appetite may have been due to my baclofen which im slowly weaning off ..
Thank you mimm for your response. I thought that my eating habits after my SCI 11 months ago had something to do with my injury. I have not tried anything other than forcing myself to eat when it is time to eat, I just eat as much as I can at that time. I have not lost any weight but I am lucky and staying at the same weight for the last year.
Hey cordog, I definitely experience what you're experiencing now when I was first injured. The crappy hospital food sure didn't help the cause. Although my appetite has gone back to normal, I don't think I can eat as much as I could before. Seems like my stomach capticity has shrunk a little bit. I did lose weight in the beginning but have gained it back and perhaps more now. I wish I could get rid of my quad belly haha.
I'm T9 incomplete. I can't eat much since my accident. Apparently, I'm eating enough for my activity level, since I haven't gotten skinny. But I've noticed that even if I'm hungry, and even if the food is delicious, I have to stop eating immediately when I get the first indication that I'm "full". Otherwise, I'll have a wave of tiredness, sluggishness, and I'll think, miserably, "Why did I eat so much?"
Wife, daughter and i have decided to miss celebrating new years eve. Must be up early to prepare for a big family meal. yes out to impress our own mums dad and family members. here's the Menu we prepared.
Welcome to our New Year’s Lunch Celebration 2017 (Penny’s Menu)
Starter Cranberry Pecan Brie on Crostini with Bresaole Lettuce & Broccoli and Leek soup
At times my son doesn't have much of an appetite at all, but with how active he is he has to eat, he's soooo skinny as is, to combat that instead of giving him meals like most eat I pack his food for school in snacks for him to eat about every 90 mins through the day, it's a larger amount of food than he would otherwise eat at a sit down meal, he also likes eating that way more so win win for me.
If I eat any processed foods (i.e., artificial foods, foods with preservatives other than ascorbic acid, vinegar, or salt), those fake foods seem to sit in my stomach for at least half a day. Before SCI, those fake foods were not good for me either, but my body would deal with them and push them on through. I would get sort of an "eye roll" from my stomach, but the show would go on. But now, I have to buy organic products whenever available, avoid bleached flour, not buy the bags of salad with the smell of a strange (preservative) gas when you first open the bag, try to find fresh fruit that hasn't been irradiated (to keep it looking fresh when really it's mummified), and not eat ramen noodles. Here's a link to photos showing how indigestable ramen noodles are, compared to homemade noodles made with unbleached flour. Ramen noodles just "sit there" in the stomach, while healthy noodles (egg with unbleached, unprocessed, unbrominated flour) break down and dissentigrate soon after arriving in the stomach. www.organicolivia.com/2014/02/are-ramen-noodles-even-food/
My point is, we can eat "more" when the food is healthy, not fake, because the healthy food digests quicker.