Have no appetite last few days... anyone else have this problem and if so any suggestions?

By funnygirl98 Latest Reply 2014-06-22 06:11:00 -0500
Started 2014-06-07 13:58:32 -0500

I'm a type 2 hypoglycemic diabetic and for the last few days I have had no appetite nothing tastes good to me and basically I force myself to eat so I don't get severe low bs's. I was just put back on clindomycin antibiotics for my infected foot ulcer so I don't know if it's this med causeing me to have no appetite or if it could be something else. Any feedback would be grat to have;-)

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JSJB 2014-06-22 06:11:00 -0500 Report

I'm just the opposite. I wake up thinking what I will eat. Need more self control. Today is a new beginning for me.

jigsaw 2014-06-10 11:08:47 -0500 Report

Look into pro-biotics! Antibiotics kill both good and bad bacteria, including the good bacteria in your intestines. These good bacteria in your intestines help with healthy digestion. A good probiotic replaces the good bacteria. Unfortunately, conventional medical doctors rarely tell their patients. On the other hand, most naturopathic doctors insist that a probiotic be taken when on antibiotics. A quality yogurt contains probiotics also!

Probiotics are natural and safe. They are already in your body in sufficient quantities, unless they are killed off by an antibiotic.

Here are two links with a bit of info on the subject.


RebDee 2014-06-15 21:52:55 -0500 Report

I just learned about Pro-Biotics and have started taking a pro-biotic medication. But I also heard that yogurt is a probiotic and I eat a yogurt a day to keep the bugs away (such as yeast infections when taking antibiotics).

jigsaw 2014-06-16 06:24:41 -0500 Report

Lactobacillus acidophilus, and bifidum are two very commom good bacteria found in probiotics. The quality of probiotics available in different brands of yogurt, varies significantly. The same applies to off the shelf probiotics found in health food stores, and pharmacies. It's a good idea to do a bit of research, to determine which are best.

RebDee 2014-06-10 13:42:37 -0500 Report

I eat a yogurt a day especially when I am on an antibiotic so I don't get a yeast infection. I never knew it had probiotics which I just learned about in Diet Class. So now I take probiotics each day also to get rid of the bad bugs in my stomach especially since I am on two antibiotics as I have too much candida (which everyone has) and hyperbactria (I think that is how it is spelled) both reside in everyone's stomach at some percentage or another. If it is too much of a percentage, then it is bad. I think this was something that I really didn't want to know but now that I do know I have to do something about it.

jigsaw 2014-06-10 14:05:33 -0500 Report

Yogurt is a routine part of my diet.

In the past, when I took an antibiotic that caused stomach upset, I took a quality probiotic. It worked well! My wife occasionallty takes them for IBS, and it works wonders for her.

I have read about antibiotics, and their relation to candida! Probably an excellent bit of info for most women.

Glucerna 2014-06-10 15:48:50 -0500 Report

In addition to yogurt, there are other foods that contain probiotics: fermented foods such as kefir, sauerkraut, and miso are some examples. Incorporating even small amounts of these foods into your daily or weekly food choices gives you more probiotic benefits. ~Lynn @Glucerna

RebDee 2014-06-15 21:56:44 -0500 Report

Are there any other examples of probiotic foods? I don't care for miso and kefir but love sauerkraut on my hot dogs. Only problem is that I was told not to eat hot dogs (even the Hebrew National All beef kosher). OY, every time I think I've cured one thing, another pops up.

jigsaw 2014-06-16 06:36:51 -0500 Report

That's because, even if it's good, it's bad! Fortunately, if it's bad, it probably has something good also!

If you insist on eating an occasional hotdog, look into Ballparks FINAST! They are not cured, no artificial anything, and no added nitrates. I'm not saying they're a healthy choice, but I would guess that they're a better choice then your typical hotdog. They're relatively new on the market.

jigsaw 2014-06-10 16:31:18 -0500 Report

A friend of mine married a Korean girl many years ago. She made me a dish of kimchi, and it was delicious. It was also extremely hot (spicy). I definitely have to look up a recipe for it. Definitely good stuff, if you can handle the hot spice.

Jan8 2014-06-10 10:41:07 -0500 Report

yes I sometimes have that problem. I cant make myself eat a good meal so I stick with peanut butter and less sugar jam on rye. I know this can never take the place of a meal but it's the best I can do. You are not alone.

sickpuppy 2014-06-10 13:23:45 -0500 Report

Jan, Have you tried the fruit only jam on the shelves. No sugar at all. Eventually I weened myself from that. I am finally learning to eat right and the lbs melt off. Good luck in your battle.

RebDee 2014-06-10 16:03:40 -0500 Report

Have you ever tried Walden Farms products: salad dressings, fruit preserves, even caramel for ice cream (not for me). There is no fat, no sugar, no cholesterol, no nothing in it except flavor. I like the salad dressings and the onion dip on celery.

Jan8 2014-06-10 13:43:19 -0500 Report

Thanks for the info sickpuppy !!!I'll try that fruit only jam. Glad your lbs are leaving !!

haoleboy 2014-06-10 13:53:34 -0500 Report

choose carefully … I know that Smuckers "Simply Fruit" has more carbs and sugars (carbs-10g, sugar 8g) than their "Low Sugar" products (carbs-6g, sugar-5g).


Kaydoo 2014-06-09 21:16:49 -0500 Report

Clindamycin kills my stomach, but I have gastric ulcers also, so I take any pills with nexium

Carolyn517 2014-06-09 20:39:32 -0500 Report

Antibiotics can have that affect on your stomach.

JanKay 2014-06-15 21:41:38 -0500 Report

I can count the times during my 54 years since I was diagnosed at age 12 back in 1960——that because of a blister or cur on my foot which got infected—-that taking antibiotics—-good ones that did a good job killing the bad ones—-gave me another infection somewhere else in my body—-because sometimes those good antibiotics also sometimes also kill some good guys in our blood and cells which protect us by fighting off the bad guys. We are all praying for you and hoping your body gets well and fights to keep the bad guys at bay while you continue to heal—-and eat enough yoghurt and probiotics to help.

Pegsy 2014-06-09 20:26:03 -0500 Report

Sometimes I don't have an appetite for no reason at all. But I have to have something to keep the bs under control. At times like that I go for liquids, such as smoothies. That way I get the carbs and protein I need without the agony of forcing down food I don't really want. I hope that helps.

RebDee 2014-06-10 16:15:44 -0500 Report

I find that I prefer Premier Protein Drinks (chocolate, vanilla or strawberry) rather than Glucerna. PPD has less carbs than G and tastes better also. I have been trying it on all kinds of things and found that I like it on my cereal as well as just as a drink in place of a meal.

Dede56 2014-06-09 15:02:33 -0500 Report

Try drinking Atkins shakes, they have only about 4 carbs each but have lots of protein and they taste pretty good also. Call you Dr if you still are having problems eating.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-06-07 23:53:52 -0500 Report

Some antibiotics effect me that way, and I also have weird scent reaction. I can smell something that smells like wet clay and it makes me quezzy. My doctor said it wasn't real but what he called a phantom scent due to the antibiotic.
I also say call your doctor. Best wishes, I hope you get well soon.

Jan8 2014-06-10 10:45:26 -0500 Report

You are right .Antibiotic can do this.What you are smelling is right to you. Phantom smell does exist fro diff meds. If it's bad enough to make you queezy maybe you need something for your stomach or try a new med.

Glucerna 2014-06-07 21:49:21 -0500 Report

I'm so sorry to hear that nothing tastes good. Some people find it helpful to eat yogurt with live active cultures when they're on antibiotics to help keep their GI tract functioning well. Perhaps yogurt will taste good to you? ~Lynn @Glucerna

RebDee 2014-06-08 01:37:39 -0500 Report

I have yogurt every day - no matter if I am on antibiotics or not - as it is like dessert to me - I am especially fond of Yoplait light yogurts Boston Creme Pie and Orange Creme. YUM

Glucerna 2014-06-08 14:07:29 -0500 Report

Yoplait Lite is one brand with live and active cultures, so that's an excellent choice. ~Lynn @Glucerna

RebDee 2014-06-08 15:13:37 -0500 Report

I was told that I should use Greek yogurt but I don't like the taste or texture. Why would Greek be better than Lite?

Pegsy 2014-06-09 20:23:03 -0500 Report

I use it in smoothies. Greek yogurt, choco almond milk, a little peanut butter and some cocoa for extra choco flavor, all sweetened with stevia. Mmmm good!

haoleboy 2014-06-08 15:46:55 -0500 Report

plain Greek yogurt has twice the protein but 1/2 the sugar (and carbs) as regular plain yogurt and is particularly good with a few blueberries (or strawberries) stirred in.


funnygirl98 2014-06-08 16:10:22 -0500 Report

Ty sickpuppy for caring so much… it really means alot to me to know I have friends out there that actually give a darn;-) God bless Robyn

sickpuppy 2014-06-10 13:26:30 -0500 Report

I do kiddo. It helps me too when I hear such heart warming words from good people like you funny girl. You are really special.

Karen Weidner
Karen Weidner 2014-06-07 20:26:00 -0500 Report

I also am on Clinomycin and Bactrim for an infection in my big toe. I have alreadly lost one big toe and trying to prevent losing the other. They both make me feel yuck and I drink either Slim Fast or Glucerna to keep something going in. They both take your appetite away. As always, check with your doctor if it persist too long.
Good Luck,

sickpuppy 2014-06-08 00:09:54 -0500 Report

Oh you poor dear. I am going to pray for you Karen. I am in tears now.

Karen Weidner
Karen Weidner 2014-06-08 09:59:14 -0500 Report

Thank you. Prayers are always welcome here! I am good, I have learned to live with this horrendous disease. Thank you again!

funnygirl98 2014-06-08 01:30:26 -0500 Report

Ty Karen and everyone else for ur responces and support it means alot to me;-) Karen, I was just on bactrim and had to go off for my ulcer infection because on the 4th day of taking it I ended up vomiting for 2 straight hours and let my foot dr know and was told that I can't take that medication because of that fact and I was also getting recurring severe low bs's so now my dr has put in my medicaal record that i'm allergic to that type of antibiotic. I will pray for u as well for saving ur 2nd toe… I just had to have my 3rd toe on my right foot amputated a month ago due to complications hope u feel better soon Karen!

SeaBeagle 2014-06-07 20:08:32 -0500 Report

hi! I always say call your doctor.. but clindamycin does make you lose your appetite.. I am on it right now.. The other thing about clinda is that you can get C-diff.. (diarrhea).. you need to make sure you just eat.. good luck.. Mary

baileymfudge 2014-06-07 18:00:26 -0500 Report

It has happened to me before,for no apparent reason.it makes you feel so bad,i will usually drink Glucerna shakes instead to keep myself going.Call your Dr.ASAP.i hope you feel better soon.

RebDee 2014-06-07 16:40:20 -0500 Report

I'll bet its the antibiotic. I was doing well but was put on two different antibiotics for two different bugs in my stomach and now I also have no appetite. And I am in such stress that my blood pressure is up.

RebDee 2014-06-08 01:43:19 -0500 Report

I must clarify my last note. I'm not stressed because of my stomach. I am stressed because on Thursday my upstairs toilet exploded and the entire back end of my home both first and second stories was awash in water and had to be demolished so I'm stuck in the house while workmen are here doing whatever and then when they leave there are gigantic heaters and blowers left in all rooms (sometimes more than one) to dry out the walls and floors and I had to take all my clothes out of my closets and drawers so they could pull up the carpeting and get rid of my brand new laminated floors that I just finished paying for a couple of months ago. And that is why I am stressed and my blood pressure went up.

mich2014 2014-06-08 10:13:18 -0500 Report

RebDee I just want to cry for you. Even a healthy person would get sick after all that. Hope everything is fixed shortly and you have insurance. Good luck.

RebDee 2014-06-08 10:19:38 -0500 Report

Thanks Mich: I have insurance. Turns out I also have asbestos and lead so a special team has to come in to get rid of all the walls and floors.

sickpuppy 2014-06-07 17:01:54 -0500 Report

Poor baby. That is awful. I am on two now and it works for me. Januvia 50 MG tab and Metformin 500MG one of each and my blood sugar is always around the 100 mark,

RebDee 2014-06-07 19:09:28 -0500 Report

Nope not me. I can't take most of the oral medications because they contain Sulfa drugs (I'm allergic). So I am an insulin pump person and I love it.

RebDee 2014-06-08 01:45:10 -0500 Report

I was at my worst with Actos. But with the Medtronics Insulin Pump, I am very happy and no problems once it was adjusted to suit my needs.

jigsaw 2014-06-10 12:33:48 -0500 Report

I got off all my oral meds by choice. It took me about a year to convince my endo to put me on insulin. Finally he agreed! I prefer insulin ( my pancreas still produces insulin) and I feel great, since starting it. No more side effects to deal with, good bg control and no more concerns about all those legal adds about diabetic oral meds and cancer etc.

sickpuppy 2014-06-07 16:27:48 -0500 Report

Yes, I have the same so called problem and I welcome it because before I was diagnosed diabetic I was grossly overweight. I only eat twice a day now and lost a lot of excess baggage.

RebDee 2014-06-07 16:41:57 -0500 Report

I must eat 1200 calories per day per the endocrinologist and never quite get there especially if I exercise at all.

sickpuppy 2014-06-10 13:29:47 -0500 Report

I must admit that I do not exercise at all. When I was a corrections officer in Michigan I did it all the time after work. I got burned out exercising and now I hate it. My wife left me because I would come home from 2-10 shift and exercise and she hated that so I have bad vibes for exercise! Bad me.

RebDee 2014-06-08 01:47:56 -0500 Report

Sickpuppy: You should never skip a meal even if all you do is drink Glucerna or Premier Protein drink so you will not have highs and lows or be too hungry. I actually eat three meals plus three snacks a day and I am still losing weight and inches. I might even get my girlish figure back as now you could call me "full figured."

sickpuppy 2014-06-10 13:31:04 -0500 Report

Hon, I just have no appetite at all now. I would gag if I ate that much and I am still losing weight with my plan.

GabbyPA 2014-06-07 14:29:56 -0500 Report

My husband looses his appetite on antibiotics and also his taste for food. So that could very well be the issue. I don't take them often enough to notice if there is a trend for me personally.

RoadKing57 2014-06-07 14:27:24 -0500 Report

I agree, call your doctor, especially with your foot like it is.
I have had times when i was sick and not hungry, but we still have to keep our diet some how.
Cold diabetic drinks of some kind made in a blender worked for me.

RebDee 2014-06-07 16:43:49 -0500 Report

Try Premier Protein Drink. I started using it in place of milk or Almondmilk and the vanilla isn't bad with raisin bran.

4mouseketeers 2014-06-07 14:21:11 -0500 Report

Have you taken this antibiotic before? What effect did it have on you then? I agree with simon - you should check with dr. I have times where I have no appetite also. Everything just sounds awful. But you have to eat! Try to think of anything that sounds good (within reason) . Ann

funnygirl98 2014-06-07 14:27:28 -0500 Report

Yes I've been on this medicine before and has not effected me in this way… thanks for the suggestions I see my foot dr monday morning again and I'll be sure to bring it up to him and see what he has to say about it also… thanks again;-)

JanKay 2014-06-15 22:07:19 -0500 Report

Hang in there, my little funnygirl friend. Best wishes to you tomorrow at the foot doc's. I, also, go see my foot doc tomorrow morning. So far, this is the longest time I have been without a blister, cut, or ulcer. Several years now for me. I have to check both feet often and keep a sharp lookout for anything unusual. 54 years as a Type 1 diabetic since age 12 taking insulin injections.

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