- Appetite changes:
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a doctor would ask.
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a doctor would ask.
During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Appetite changes. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.
It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.
Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:
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Why: This is a an important way for you to tell your Health Professional exactly what has been occurring and which has ultimately resulted in you presenting today.
Why: The period of time that you have been experiencing your symptoms can give an indication of the underlying cause.
Why: It may be important for you to mention whether or not you noticed the change, or if someone else noticed it.
Why: This can occur in Cushing's Syndrome, hypoglycemia, or with diseases of the hypothalamus. Additionally, it is important to mention that this may have occurred as a result of your eating and lifestyle habits as opposed to the presence of a disease state.
Why: This may occur in hypothyroidism.
Why: Liver disease can alter your sense of taste, and so alter your appetite. An important indication of this is that the disturbance of taste experienced with liver disease (e.g. hepatitis, jaundice) may cause a smoker to give it up. If you have recently given up smoking then this is important to mention.
Why: Your change in appetite and/or weight may be the result of you wanting to change it. For instance, you may have tried a new diet or you may be exercising more. Some may take this to an extreme level and may display signs of anorexia nervosa.
Why: This can be a sign of anorexia nervosa which may also cause a disturbance of appetite.
Why: Those with anorexia nervosa have a disturbed and distorted view of themselves, and may experience change in appetite.
Why: For women of reproductive age, conditions such as anorexia nervosa can cause them to stop menstruating. This is an objective and important way for your health professional to assess why you have had a change in appetite.
Why: This may form a "baseline" from which your health professional can assess your appetite disturbance.
Why: Binge eating can occur in bulimia and can cause appetite disturbance.
Why: A subjective feeling of "loss of control" over the appetite may occur in those with an eating disorder such as bulimia.
Why: Whilst exercise is a healthy thing to partake in, sometimes it can be taken to the extreme. Those with bulimia may exercise excessively and cause appetite changes. Large amounts of exercise can result in the feeling that your appetite has changed as well.
Why: Your appetite may have changed due to things which are occurring in your life, or perhaps as a result of a lack of easy access to foodstuffs.
Why: Your appetite may have changed as a result of a psychological condition, and this question is a good way for your Health Professional to open the door for you to tell them that.
Why: Depression is a condition which can cause changes to your appetite, both eating more and eating less.
Why: The death of someone in your life can cause you to experience bereavement, and this in turn can cause appetite changes.
Why: Excessive and long term consumption of alcohol (alcoholism) can result in changes to your weight and appetite.
Why: Your appetite may have changed as a result of a change in your sense of taste or smell. Taste and smell are intimately intertwined and any change in them can affect your appetite.
Why: General illness can cause a decrease in appetite.
Why: Caffeine can suppress your appetite.
Why: Inflammatory bowel disease can result in a decrease in appetite.
Why: These questions are directed at thyroid function. Your thyroid gland has an important role in appetite.
The following list of conditions have 'Appetite changes' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.
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The following list of medical conditions have 'Appetite changes'
or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.
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