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Weight Loss After TBI? Weight Loss After TBI?

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There are some people who lose weight without the smell and taste, and as a physician, it's always something I'm looking for if people are losing weight-- the consideration that they just may not have an interest in the food. And I've had to start people on appetite stimulants to encourage their weight gain and to encourage their appetite when they've lose their taste and smell.

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Loss of taste or smell can cause a person to lose or gain weight post-TBI. Produced by Victoria Tilney McDonough and Brian King.

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My husband and I are dealing with a similar situation with my mother-in-law who had lack of oxygen to the brain that went from 85 to Mid to lower 30's. She lost her taste. Everything tastes terrible and the smell is terrible as well as food she once loved. She doesn't even have a desire to eat anymore. We've been doing a lot of praying as well so she can get better

Nov 13th, 2016 10:07am

I experienced loss of appetite after TBI, and though my appetite has come back some, the only meal I really enjoy is breakfast. My sense of smell and taste were compromised by the surgery, and food I used to love, I no longer care for, and still have a difficult time with eating lunch and dinner.God has been merciful, and I have recovered significantly, but it was several Months hl after surgery before I could open my right eye. Another 3 months of double vision. I can now read again, but my eyes tire easily, and vision is still not what I want it to be. My surgery was March 6, 2015 and I am still trusting God for further recovery. God bless and watch over whomever is on this path with me, and your families. DL Whitfield Dec.27,2015 7:13 pm

Dec 27th, 2015 7:14pm

I was ran over by a taxi in 2011 and suffered severe brain damage and had a craniotomy, i feel like I was born in 2011 as lost my memory, I lost my sense of smell and taste and I'm never hungry and eat and drink very little as I'm never hungry but all I seem to do is put weight on, I've put on 4 stone and I'm getting bigger and bigger and would like help on what to eat and drink when and how much, I take multi vitamins but rarely eat so is there anyone who can give me advice?

Feb 24th, 2015 7:46pm

You had your TBI earlier this year and you post this something that's perfectly legible ..but first off, having the cognitive ability to put out your weight-loss issue on such a forum?! Anyway, I've learned that as well as not have an apetite after a TBI -- James Cracknell OBE said eating was, a 'chore' -- many more calories and nutrients are directed to the brain for regeneration..a brain that has a low density and he consistency of a blancmange. An overactive thyroid could have also been triggered by a TBI (beta blockers to combat this can have side effects - so not advisable for someone who's had a TBI). A third reason could be a person subsequently has an inate physical tenseness in their life having a sub-conscious anxiety 24/7. Yes, I'm talking about myself who had a severe TBI arising from an RTA (a devastating Diffuse Axonal injury lying in a 24-day coma) ---- in, July 2007.

Nov 11th, 2014 6:49pm

I fell 12 feet onto tile and landed on the bottom back side of my head and suffered a brain injury. This happened in April 2014.  I lost some hearing for a period of months and some vision problems which has since recovered. It is now October of the same year and I have lost 60 pounds. I have not exercised and have not made dramatic improvements to my diet however, my food intake has dramatically decreased, the best way to explain it is that I don't get as much pleasure from eating as I used to. Is it possible that something was injured in my brain that changed the dopamine production in my brain in relation to eating, I just no longer crave or look forward to or experience pleasure from eating. Anyone else have an experience like this?

Oct 9th, 2014 12:30am

what is an appetite stimulant??? please message us!

Aug 28th, 2014 12:52pm

weight loss if someone has achieved it is amazing!



May 23rd, 2014 3:26am


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