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Unread 05-30-2002, 10:09 AM
No appetite, any suggestions

I am 3 weeks post-op from TAH/BSO. Everything went well except after the surgery my bowel was slow to wake up and threw up for a complete day. I had this surgery following 8 weeks of radiation and 3 rounds of chemo for breast cancer Stage II. My appetite was so-so during treatment, but now is not good at all. I have to force myself to eat and everything I eat makes me nauseated. I am supplementing with Ensure or Boost :yuk:. Any suggestions to help me with the appetite?
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Unread 05-30-2002, 10:51 AM
No appetite, any suggestions

I don't have a suggestion for how to wake up your appetite, but there is a product that is better than boost or ensure. It is called Scandi Shake, and has 600 calories in 8 oz. So if you can drink it, it is much more concentrated than boost or ensure.

Hope you feel better soon

Unread 05-30-2002, 10:54 AM
No appetite, any suggestions

s Jan

Geez, you sure have been through alot lately. I imagine you're a little depressed as well. That is alot to put a body through in a short period of time. It's great that you're doing the supplements, but they can even get boring. In addition to them, try some carnation instant breakfast in a blender with some fresh fruit added. And don't forget a daily multivitamin. Have you had lab values checked since your surgery?
Also the further you get into healing, the more activity you do, that old appetite will hopefully start to return. In the meantime try to not worry over this loss of appetite.
Let us know how you are doing.

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Unread 05-30-2002, 11:01 AM
No appetite, any suggestions


I had the same problem you had after I had my surgery (no appetite, no urge to eat). I asked my doctor and his nurse about it and they said not to get too worked up about it -- it is better to eat small amounts rather than larger amounts and getting sick. One of the best suggestions I got was from a nurse and that was to eat ice cream, believe it or not -- it has calcium in it plus some fat and sugar, of course, so you can get some energy. That really helped me a lot. Also, Instant Breakfast is good and for some reason, applesauce went down really well.

I hope you are feeling better soon -- your appetite will come back, I promise.


Unread 05-30-2002, 07:28 PM
No appetite, any suggestions

Thanks for the suggestions. I willtry and find the Scandi Shake. Karenann, I had my blood levels checked just before leaving the castle. I will have them checked again next week, will keep you posted.
Unread 06-03-2002, 05:00 PM

Maybe you would like this. When I couldn't eat much, I found out if I made a milk shake with milk, ice cream and ovaltine, it stayed with me. Ovaltine has some "good stuff" in it.
Good luck and I hope you feel better.
Unread 06-03-2002, 11:24 PM
No appetite, any suggestions

When I went through radiation, I found that I was able to eat cold foods much easier than hot foods. Weird, I know, but so are cancer treatments! In addition to ice cream there's frozen yogurt and sorbets. If you have a health food store or a grocery store that has a good health food selection, there is also tofutti frozen treats. They taste great and offer some protein. Take care! I'll be praying for you!

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