I suffered from a suspected inner ear virus in November

Patient : I suffered from a suspected inner ear virus in November which was incredibly bad - fainting, nausea and so on. For six months afterwards I suffered gastrointestinal difficulties and after several blood tests, a chest x-ray, pelvic and abdominal ultrasound and gastroscopy I was finally diagnosed by a specialist as having post viral gastrointestinal dysmotility. I've been prescribed probiotics and given some domperidone to kickstart my stomach again for a few days. While I was undiagnosed my diet became severely limited in the attempt to avoid symptoms as much as possible so my weight dropped down to 31kg (I'm 4ft 11ins) as I was only managing between 600 and 1000 calories a day. Now I have managed to gradually increase my calorie intake with safe foods and Boost nutrition shakes to around 1700 a day and I am starting to see slow weight gain. If I want to avoid a feeding tube for a few weeks I have to try and reach 32.5kg by my next gastroenterologist check up in a month or so. The problem I have now is that they are wanting me to slowly reintroduce other foods again that I have been avoiding but it has become a bit of a mental block now - almost an eating disorder but more of a food phobia in terms of being worried about it making me feel sick than a phobia of gaining weight. How do I go about tackling this? I want to gain weight and be healthy again but I am honestly petrified of trying anything that isn't on my "safe" list.
Symptoms:  Food phobia, nausea, bloating, constipation, anxiety, heart palpitations, depression
Doctor :   This question is currently in queue and will be answered shortly by one of our doctors. In the meantime you may browse our library of answered questions by clicking here.

Related Q&A

Q: For the past 2.5 years, I've had a problem with swallowing food and liquids. At first I had difficulty swallowing sol...

Q: My boyfriend for the past 10 days has refused to eat. He is currently living off of Gatorade, Protein Shakes Etc. (dr...

Q: What supplements or otc medicines can i take to increase my appetite? Thanks

Q: My friends think I have an eating disorder. I'm not super skinny and I do have extra weight on me (20 pounds to be e...

Q: I have been suffering from mild nausea for about two months, constantly feeling tired and not hungry or thirsty at al...


Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon