Let me start by saying that I cannot say for sure that this is related to my stroke. Let me also say that this is not necessarily a bad thing. The truth is, I don't know that I have ever had a "hungry" feeling since my stroke. I eat mostly because I know when I am supposed to. When I do eat, I feel satisfied, but I don't have the "rumbling stomach" that one usually relates to being hungry. For instance, I am sitting here at 7:30 a.m., I have not had any breakfast, but I am not "hungry". I am, in the sense that I know I am supposed to eat. But I don't have any feeling that alerts me to the fact that I have not eaten. Now, like I said, this is not necessarily a bad thing. I find myself eating less because I never "feel" hungry. At the same time, I have missed breakfast 2 or 3 times only because I never "feel" hungry.
Since my stroke, I have lost about 35 pounds. I now weigh (by the way, I did not think I had 35 pounds to lose) 199. Some of it is because of the fact that I was on a feeding tube for nearly a month, but I have lost 7 or so pounds since I have been home. Some of it is due to being more conscious of what I eat...some of it may be due to my new reality that I no longer feel hungry.
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