Thursday, September 27, 2007

dopamine

I am wondering about everyone's diet. I believe it is the tumor that turns us into carb addicts because the tumor feeds and grows on serotonin, which is why doctors prescribe dopamine in an effort to bring balance back to the brain. How much do you think about dopamine/serotonin/acetylcholine? If you've had the surgery, do you still eat as you did before? Have the doctors told any of you about the carb thing at all or about the need to change your eating habits or have they allowed you to eat whatever you please? For the record, I have not had any surgery in my treatment, just dopamine agonists and a change in my diet.

4 comments:

polarchip said...

Yay! Ken is posting here too!

I think diet has a big effect, actually. I used to try and figure out what was causing my adult-onset acne, and I was convinced that it was sugar, because that was the one thing that would make it flare up. Turns out the acne is from acromegaly, but still, I think sugar aggravates it.

Before my surgery, I used to eat like a bulimic- but without the purge. Seriously! I felt like an out of control eating machine. People would be astounded by the quantity of food I ate.
When I was experimenting with a raw food diet, I really felt (and saw) a drastic improvement in my energy and skin.

I don't know how all these things affect the body/brain chemistry, but I would be happy to learn more about it. I'm still a big eater after surgery, but I think that might be out of habit....

Jason said...

I've noticed no real change. If I compare myself now to how I was 15 years ago, I eat less and look fatter. But that's just natural with age and more driving I guess.

Ken D. Webber said...

"an out of control eating machine." That's EXACTLY what I was doing. Not just some brown rice or pasta but an entire plate. Easily eat a large pizza by myself and want even more. That's the tumor wanting it's serotonin fix.

polarchip said...

I've also struggled with depression a bit, I always thought that the "food coma" that comes after eating a huge meal might have been a way of "self-medicating."