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.
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