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How to successfully cope with loss of appetite after your injury

Most of us know what it’s like to suffer a loss of appetite. Falling ill can have this effect, even if we only have a cold. But some people suffer from a loss of appetite after sustaining an injury in an accident. All accidents come as a shock, but they can be even harder to cope with if they occurred due to the negligence of a third party. Similarly, the more serious your injuries are, the longer it might take to get any appetite back afterwards. The treatment you receive, the pain and discomfort you feel and the emotions going through your mind can all have an effect.

Accidents happen in all kinds of ways. For example, road accidents happen every day. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents reports that five people die every day in accidents on Britain’s roads. The Department of Transport also reported 185,010 casualties overall for the year ending June 2016. This figure accounts for injuries of all severities, not just the serious ones.

Accidents can potentially happen anywhere

Of course, accidents don’t just happen on the roads. People can suffer symptoms stemming from injuries occurring in other situations as well:

  • In public places
  • At work
  • On public transport
  • In shops, cafés and other similar venues
  • At organised events, both indoors and outdoors

The Labour Force Survey found that 621,000 injuries happened in the workplace in 2015-16, as reported on the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website. While this covers all injuries, including minor ones, it does show how easy it would be to be affected by an event like this.

Accidents occur in lots of ways, too, no matter where you are. For example, the HSE revealed that slips, trips and falls accounted for around 119,000 of non-fatal injuries that were self-reported in 2015/16. This figure was only surpassed by the estimated 122,000 cases of people who were injured while performing some sort of manual handling task.

Suffering from a loss of appetite?

Loss of appetite would no doubt be suffered by many people who are injured. The sense of shock and emotion following an accident affects people in lots of different ways. Knowing how to cope will help you if you are suffering from loss of appetite following a recent accident.

It should be noted that a loss of appetite can potentially indicate a more serious underlying problem. For example, BrainLine, a US project focusing on traumatic brain injuries, points out that loss of appetite can be a symptom of a brain injury. Therefore, it is always wise to seek medical advice whenever you have been injured in an accident of any kind. The evidence of having seen your GP or visiting a casualty unit will also be useful later if a compensation claim is made on your behalf.

Understanding PTSD

PTSD stands for post-traumatic stress disorder. This is often associated with soldiers returning from war zones, but it is now recognised to affect anyone who has been through a stressful experience. For example, people who have been in car accidents or suffered some other serious injury can suffer from this.

The symptoms for PTSD can vary from one person to another, but among them is a loss of appetite. If you think you are affected in this manner, do seek advice from your GP. It’s possible that counselling may help you get over the symptoms you feel after your accident, and it may help you come to terms with the emotions as well. In doing so, your appetite may start to return to normal.

Eating well

We’ve seen how coming to terms with the emotions you feel after an accident can help eradicate any loss of appetite. However, while this is very important, as is following any treatment advice for your injuries, you can do other things to help get things moving as well.

For example, think about the foods you particularly love to eat. If you love pizza, for example, buy a small one – perhaps smaller than you usually would. Sometimes, the aroma of the foods you love can help get your appetite back, before you even take a bite of anything. Don’t worry about the amount you eat; just eating a little will help you. Thinking little and often is a good aspect to remember as well, since it doesn’t put pressure on you to eat at mealtimes. Once you have your appetite back, you can focus on eating more normally, as you did before.

Think about using herbs, spices and other flavourings to help make your food more interesting too. It might also help to cook small portions of wholesome dishes that are packed with vitamins, minerals and healthy fats. Eating something really tasty can help enormously, even if you don’t eat that much of it. It might also be worth reading stories online of how others have coped in your situation. You can get some good tips and advice that way.

Seeking advice about your accident, and about the odds of claiming compensation

You may already know who was to blame for your accident. While we can be at fault ourselves for an accident that happens at work, on the roads or anywhere else for that matter, there are plenty of cases where innocent people have ended up with nasty injuries. If this describes your situation, we’d encourage you to call us at Accident Advice Helpline today. You can do this on 0800 689 5659.

We’ll consider all the facts of your case, and determine whether the negligence of a third party was to blame. If so, we could represent you in a no win no fee case, where you’ll be at no risk of paying solicitors’ fees even if you don’t get the outcome you want. With the potential for a compensation award to be issued to you that reflects the severity of your injuries, it’s worth calling us today.