Ask a Doctor and Get an Answer to Your Medical Question ASAP
The views expressed by me are for educational purposes only and do not establish a doctor patient relationship.
This is Dr. D.J., experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.
I am here to address your concerns and provide great service.
What symptoms do you have?
What is your current weight?
I binge eat constantly on junk food that has sugar in it and think about food constantly. I don't eat proper meals much anymore.
I weigh 112lbs
Diabetes can cause that.
Also iron deficiency is another common cause of sugar craving.
Thyroid disorder also should be ruled out.
These 3 conditions can be checked by the blood tests --fating blood sugar, TSH, ferritin and iron studies.
At least you do not have anorexia since you consume food no matter what type.
Eating healthy is important but first the underlying medical conditions should be ruled out as above.
If everything is normal, then you can see a nutritionist to discuss an affordable and reasonable healthy meal plans.
Medications are the next step.
Usually anti depressants like sertraline can be used as depression is often associated with bad eating habits.
I have been to a nutritionist who gave me a meal plan but I can't seem to stop obsessing about sugar which means I can't even start the plan
It's gotten worse since I quit smoking
I feel like I need to put something in my mouth at all times
Ok --that can be associated with quitting smoking as well.
If this is a short term issue, then nothing concerning.
Still, you should get those blood tests as mentioned above.
Only if you gain lot of weight, then it becomes concerning.
It was there before I quit, just now it's way worse
But at least you saw the nutritionist and have a plan to follow on.
Try to make small changes instead of drastic ones in your diet.
So I should make an appointment with the doctor?
Yes you should --get those tests done.
If they are normal, then nothing to worry about.
ok will do. thanks
You will make changes once you get 'fed up' with junk food and as the smoking withdrawal related cravings disappear gradually.