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Chronic nausea

Jul 08, 2015 1:59 AM

I'm wondering what to do for my sis and I.
My sis doesn't have (currently) disabling health issues, but her nausea keeps getting worse and worse.
She doesn't like to talk about it with most people, because she knows they'll treat her differently.
Right now, she eats very little.
Just ice cream, soups, yogurt, and beans.
I have some days of nausea but it's usually pretty mild.
My sister recently got a concussion and was prescribed an anti nausea medication.
Do you have experience with anti nausea needs?
Can they make nausea worse if taken long term?

Jul 08, 2015 9:37 AM

Ferretbandit, if your sister is continuing to stay nauseated, she needs to be evaluated by a gastroenterologist doc. Before my mom died she became sick at her stomach, often, sometimes just nausea and other times with vomiting. She had a bacteria in her stomach, though I can't remember the name. The doc said it usually comes from contaminated foods.

There are many other prestigious for her nausea and it needs investigating. The meds aren't meant for long term used normally. Please tell your dad so she gets help and can eat normal. I'll be praying for her. 🙏🌼

Jul 08, 2015 10:03 AM

Like FlappysLady said, anti-nausea meds aren't meant for long term use. I also have issues with chronic nausea. Even got so bad to need an EGD done, but nothing was ever found. Please have your dad schedule an appointment with a GOOD GI doc. They are the best ones to help figure out a solution and a reason.

Jul 08, 2015 4:27 PM

She has an atormentado son and I'm hoping the doc will refer her out, but I don't know if the doc will take her seriously.
She hasn't had the meds long term, but it sounds like they helped a lot.
That's why I was asking.

Jul 08, 2015 11:01 PM

Ferretbandit like Flappsy and Alwayz said you should get your dad to get her to a G I Dr soon. Hope she is better will be praying for her

Jul 21, 2015 10:15 PM

Ferret, it could be gastritis (inflammation of the lining of the stomache). My sister was sick like that for a year before they figured it out. She needs a GI doc

Jul 21, 2015 11:56 PM

She hates docs, they keep saying is all in her head so she doesn't even say anything anymore. Hopefully the next appointment will be better, and she can get a referall to a specialist.

Sep 13, 2015 7:47 AM

Your sister needs to be seen by a Gadtroenterologist with experience with any health problems she has. I'm on an anti-nausea medication which I take when I have headaches and it can really help sometimes. There are lots of different medications for nausea that she can try

Sep 13, 2015 2:06 PM

I have been on Zofran for years for chronic nausea due to pain, meds, carsickness, etc. I have had no problems with any side effects. Also, if you are in a state that has legalized medical marijuana I would check that out.

Sep 13, 2015 2:21 PM

Also, any doctor that tries to tell you (or her) that ANYTHING is "all in your head" is a terrible doctor that should have their license revoked. It's an awful, patronizing, and condescending thing to say to someone. What it really means is that your doctor has no idea what's wrong but is too much of an jerk to refer you to someone who might.

The only time it's in your head is if it is due to an ear/throat infection and your balance is affected.

Acid Reflux is a big reason for nausea as well. Have her try Prilosec or Nexium until she can see a gastroenterologist.

Sep 14, 2015 1:53 AM

Knowing how good you are with herbs, I assume you have already tried ginger? Works great for nausea and is a good anti inflammatory herb. What about Tums (more for heartburn than nausea) do yhey help her? They are calcium. Prilosec /Nexium are proton pump inhibitors the slow down the amount of acid the stomach makes. Our gut bacteria is so important I could write pages on that issue alone.The biggest problem with prilosec and nexium is that the do not allow your body to absorb calcium , vitamin D and magnesium. Plus people do not understand the importance of sunshine just 15 minutes or so a day to make those vitamins work properly. Ultimately that is when we women end up osteopenic heading straight to osteoporosis look at the statistics on when all those types of drugs became popular and when Americans were all being diagnosed vitamin D deficit see any correlation? They are okay for a short period of time only. I am not trying to beat up on Prilosec /Nexium I have taken them in the past but your sister really needs to get a good gastrointestinal work up.

Sep 14, 2015 2:02 AM

By the way "Nexium" is the s-isomer of omeprazole. Nexium is actually called esomeprazole. If you remember your chemistry (organic), an s-isomer is a mirror image of the "other" form. That's it. Look at your right hand, then look at your left hand. They are "s-isomers" of each other.
There is NO performance difference between Rx Nexium and OTC omeprazole/Prilosec.
It is just a way for Astra Zenca to improve profitability. They make no claim that Nexium, "the purple pill" works any better or worse than any other product (ie omeprazole). Why would they? There is no difference. Mirror image and more expensive. Stepping off my soapbox now.

Sep 14, 2015 8:15 AM

We gave definitely tried ginger, and recently added enzymes and a handful of other supplements. She's doing a little better now, having stopped having milk (which brings her a ton of mucus) and that has helped a ton.

Sep 14, 2015 10:28 AM

Yeah dairy has tons of controversy around it. Arguments on both sides. We are the only species of mammals that drink milk longer than we need to. By milk I am referring to cows and goats milk not breastfeeding. There are reasons animals wean their young. As far as breastfeeding that is a personal choice when to wean and I am not getting into someone else's personal choice. I do not drink milk (personal choice) or consume hardly any dairy. I do use real butter and refuse to use the fake crap ie. margarine and oleo.

Sep 14, 2015 1:27 PM

Ferret, you mentioned that your sister recently had a concussion and I didn't see anyone addressing that. If she didn't have any nausea before that or if it's gotten much worse since then, she absolutely needs to see a neurologist bc that is a major symptom of a bad concussion!

Otherwise, I agree with finding a Dr who believes you. I know I've literally had nausea/stomach problems since I was a child. I've never had a Dr figure it out. I'm overweight NOW (as an adult) but I wasn't as a kid, yet now every Dr I tell about this says the same "well if you'd lose weight" crap.

The absolute best temporary and instant and non-prescription thing I've found to help is peppermint candies. Seriously it's like a miracle. I hope you and your sister find answers, I'm still looking for mine (although with basically 27 yrs of this, I've kind of given up for now).

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