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Rapid stomach emptying

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 28, 2011 at 4:54 PM

I seem to be experiencing an odd and quite uncomfortable symptom of not feeling full no matter how much I eat (unless I quite literally eat myself to nausea). I'm certainly getting enough calories, upwards of 3000 due to needing to gain weight.

I do have hypogylcemia so that certainly could be playing a part in terms of increasing hunger, however I eat low carb and frequent meals and allot of calories from protein and fat which should be quite satiating. My stomach rarely feels full after meals. I've sort of felt this at times for a while now and had an endoscopy about 6 months ago, which didn't suggest any problems. It doesn't look like there are any particular diagnostics or treatments beyond frequent smaller meals generally high in fat and fiber if tolerated.

I also get constipation quite a bit, and the odd thing is the 'emptier' I am in terms of having bowels movements, the more this sensation of a lack of fullness occurs. I currently deal with allot of gut issues and chronic fatigue syndrome so the origin may be there.

I would concede it does seem very odd. Supplement wise I'm not sure whether it's wise to include HCL and enzymes under the idea that this might speed things up further. Or perhaps it allows for more complete digestion which would help things, rather than fast, somewhat undigested food indicated by rapid stomach emptying. My n=1 experiments with these supplements hasn't convinved me either way.

I also wonder if my stomach is somewhat expanding slightly to accomodate more food as I've increased calories. Certainly not a thought I can back up scientifically.

Any thoughts?

ta,

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on March 01, 2011
at 09:29 AM

I'm hypoglycemic but not diabetic I believe. FBS is around 85. A carb containing meal (say 150g of squash with meat and fat) will shoot my sugars up to 140 odd and if not 'caught' with food later on can drop over the next 1-2 hours as low as 65, at which point I would be highly symptomatic. I remain VLC and pretty much avoid all carbs for this reason. I'm not far off diabetes but trying not to be concerned about it!

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on March 01, 2011
at 09:24 AM

Very interesting and looks like it may apply. I do take ox bile 3 times a day but perhaps this isn't dealing with the issue. A targeted digestive enzyme might be worth looking into. Thanks for tracking this down.

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on March 01, 2011
at 09:21 AM

Typical meal would be 150g of lean ground beef, 3 tbsp of a fat source, e.g. goose, duck, fish, olive, lard etc and 200g of veggies, typically non starchy. This is 5-6 times a day for an underweight extremely carb sensitive male.

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on February 28, 2011
at 05:24 PM

We need info about what a typical meal looks like.

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on February 28, 2011
at 06:00 PM

Try finding some charcoal tablets. Take them and you should see them in about 24 hours or so. You can then gauge how long food is actually in your body and your total digestion time. Obviously, this will change depending on what you eat and how often but they are harmless and you can do it a few times to get an accurate picture.

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on February 28, 2011
at 04:59 PM

Is it possible that you're just dehydrated? Many times I feel insatiable hunger when I really just need to drink water.

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on July 05, 2012
at 05:57 PM

I need help with rapid stomach emptying problem. I always feel empty after meal. Help pls.

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on March 01, 2011
at 06:53 AM

sounds to me like you need more fatty acids in your diet. try a table spoon or two of coconut oil after your meals and see if that helps to keep you fuller longer.

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on March 01, 2011
at 01:42 AM

I think the digestive enzymes would help, not hurt. What about this http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10063919

4c10e254b4fd6a29f751bde27a2837d8

(323)

on March 01, 2011
at 09:24 AM

Very interesting and looks like it may apply. I do take ox bile 3 times a day but perhaps this isn't dealing with the issue. A targeted digestive enzyme might be worth looking into. Thanks for tracking this down.

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on February 28, 2011
at 05:10 PM

I have had problems with stomach emptying, both too fast and too slow. When it's too fast I assume I either have eaten something spoiled or that I'm allergic too. I usually eat apple sauce, pumpkin, and rice/stock porridge (congee) until it slows again .

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on February 28, 2011
at 05:08 PM

Hormone signalling issues?

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on February 28, 2011
at 05:01 PM

I'm wondering about diabetes...has diabetes been ruled out?

4c10e254b4fd6a29f751bde27a2837d8

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on March 01, 2011
at 09:29 AM

I'm hypoglycemic but not diabetic I believe. FBS is around 85. A carb containing meal (say 150g of squash with meat and fat) will shoot my sugars up to 140 odd and if not 'caught' with food later on can drop over the next 1-2 hours as low as 65, at which point I would be highly symptomatic. I remain VLC and pretty much avoid all carbs for this reason. I'm not far off diabetes but trying not to be concerned about it!

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