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Old 10-26-2006, 07:35 PM   #1
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Constant Nausea

Well I am a new member and havent posted anything yet, but I have been searching the threads and found a few people with similair symptoms. I am a 24yo male in the military, and I have had constant nausea in the very top center of my stomach (right below the sternum) for at least 6 months. I started seeking medical care for my condition 2 months ago. I havent thrown up recently, the last time was probably about a month ago, but I am still always uncomfortable. I have been to the doctor about 6 times, the ER, and I have seen a GI specialist.

I was first just put on aciphex for acid reflux, then later given prevacid. this helped with the minor heartburn I have, but nothing has helped the nausea. I was always up all night, because lying down only worsens my nausea. They took blood, and all my levels were normal.

I have been given some medication for nausea, (like ZOFRAN) but it doesnt seem to help either. This was when I was sent to the specialist and they performed an endoscopy. The endoscopy showed nothing out of the ordinary (some minor areas that had something ulcer-like) but the doctor told me that it all checked out ok, and that it could have been his stomach we were looking at. SO.... he recommended I talk to a therapist to see if it was stress related. I did, and he recommended I try an anti-depressant. So I have been taking welbutrin for 4 days now, no change in my condition. I have read that it can take 2 weeks for welbutrin to start working.... feeling like this defininately doesnt make me happy....I wouldnt wish this constant sick feeling on anyone. I dont know if I agree with the "stress" diagnosis, things are pretty good in my life, and while I have some things to work out, nothing is bothering me. plus my condition doesnt seem to reflect anything that's happening around me at the time. If it was stress-related, shouldnt I feel worse at times of stress? cause I dont. It will get worse, or relax a bit from time to time, and I wont have eaten anything, or be doing anything. The only relief is when I sleep, and even then I have woken myself up feeling ill. When it's really bad, I usually take walks. Being in a vertical position helps some. but I cant sleep like that, and I am tired of being a zombie pacing around the house all night. oh and I drink maalox, but to no avail. I have been sched. for a gastric emptying study at nuclear medicine (they irradiate some scrambled eggs and watch how I digest it for an hour), but its not digesting I think I have a problem with....

I just want to be able to drink a few beers with the guys, eat normally, sleep normally and have fun with my wife and 2 year old son. I know she's tired of me being ill all the time. Anyone have similair problems? central upper stomach constant ache?

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Old 11-17-2006, 09:05 AM   #2
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Re: Constant Nausea

The gastric emptying study may show why you are having so much nausea. I have the same symptoms. I am woken up every morning 4:30 or 5:30 a.m. to extreme nausea. I would make sure you have thorough testing so you have accurate information to know what's going on. I too struggle with the question of wondering if stress/anxiety is causing my nausea but I can now say I know there is something physically wrong with me. They call a slow emptying digestive system- gastroparesis. Good luck and keep your head up as you can't control how you feel. It does help me to try to be as active as possible.

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Old 11-19-2006, 10:07 PM   #3
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I had similar symptoms - dull nausea, pain, usually relieved temporarily right after eating. My doctor said it was likely the beginnings of an ulcer. She prescribed Ranitidine (basically the same ingredient found in Zantax, only stronger). After a few days, I was back to normal. I take it twice daily and am able to eat and drink anything. You could try the Zantax, it's non-prescription, or ask your doctor for Ranitidine.

 
Old 12-02-2006, 04:35 PM   #4
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Finally found someone with what sounds like very similar symptoms to mine!

I have also had all the tests done to no avail. I have a constant dull nausea in my upper stomach right below the sternum. It lasted for about 8 months, subsided for about 4 months, and is now back. I have currently on a food detection diet to see if it is a food intolerance, as that is typically what these things turn out to be, an intolerance to dairy, gluten, fructose, or yeast. Have you thought about this?

 
Old 12-07-2006, 01:04 PM   #5
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jw, sounds like you have the same problems i have. Discomfort in the stomach area, constant nausea and acid reflux. 2 yrs. ago i had these symptoms and had 6 stomach ulcers, which i got rid of. Now the same symptoms over a few month period so back on Aciphex and Carafate. Still sick. Had the stomach emptying test 4 yrs. ago and it was 79 mins., should be 60, had it done this week and it was 159 minutes. RN thinks thats why i'm so nauseous as food lingering in stomach too long and causeing too much digestive juices. She's going to show the Dr. the results and call in a prescription for Zelnorm. Hopefully this will give some relief.

 
Old 12-07-2006, 01:54 PM   #6
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Yes it can be stress related. We internalize. If you are in the military and so was I you internalize all the stresses. I did the same when I was a prison guard and a Mental Health Tech. What bothers a person who is NOT in this line of work will not bother us. We think it rolls off our back like water on a duck. It doesn't.

It took me a while to figure out it had to come out somewhere. The body will display what you are going thru. In my case I have reached a point where stress comes out as IBS. Right now I am sick as a dog. Merry Christmas. It is the stress of the season. Do I feel it? No. I'm not stressed. My body is telling me otherwise. I'm stressed. I am so disassociated from the stress I am not aware I have it. I am also use to shoving my emotions to the side. You cannot react with 'normal' human emotions. You swallow it. IF it doesn't come out one way, it comes out another. Sometimes side wise. Nausea is one of them.

Your body is trying to tell you something. Notice when it is the worst. What happened just before? It might start to tell you something. There is something you can't stomach about that event.

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Old 04-20-2007, 02:27 AM   #7
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Well I thought I'd give you guys an update on my situation. After being on the Wellbutrin for a while (couple weeks?) I began to feel a bit better. I'm not saying I felt any "happier" but I definitely enjoyed not feeling as sick! I figured I was on the right track, and that if I stuck to the mild anti-depressant I would be fine. Well here we are, about a year after my symptoms became my constant companion (and 6 mo. of wellbutrin), up late cause I feel sick.

It doesn't happen as often, but I still feel nauseous. I cant identify any particular stressors or catalysts for my condition. It seems totally random, which bothers me. If I walk around or busy myself with something I feel a bit better -But I don't want a temporary fix to distract myself, I want to be over this! I really appreciate the comments and support guys, It definitely helps to know I'm not the only one out there who is fed up with their unexplained nausea. Stress-anxiety-depression - or whatever causes this needs to be addressed but I'm kind of at a loss as to where to start. I think if I work on some kind of calming exercise, or relaxation technique maybe I can develop a way to handle my bouts of dyspepsia (assuming the docs were right and nothing is wrong with me physically).

As far as internalizing any problems or stress, I think you may have figured out part of my problem. I'm a pretty vocal guy, I don't mind talking to people about anything really, but I think that I must be swallowing something that doesn't agree with me. Regular stress and nervousness I can deal with, But the randomness of this kills me. At least its not as constant anymore, but maybe thats just because I'm busier and dont have time to dwell on it as much.


I know it sounds like I'm complaining, but I do feel a lot better than I did last year. I just have much less patience with my health after so much time feeling crappy. I imagine that anyone with a constant ailment can relate.


Again thanks for the comments! I hope we all wake up tomorrow feeling 100 percent better! Then we throw a we-all-feel-good party. someone bring nachos.

 
Old 04-27-2007, 04:45 PM   #8
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you sound like me. I used carafate and it disappeared. i strongly suggest

 
Old 05-12-2007, 07:54 AM   #9
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I have had similar symptoms for months. I have had numerous tests, seen heaps of doctors, and have been in and out of the hospital several times with the same symptoms you describe. Finally it looks as if, due to the results of a HIDA scan on my gall bladder, that they may have found the problem. It sure sounds like you have the same thing, especially the restlessness you mentioned in your first post. The gall bladder can mock several other conditions. Even if you have an ultra sound and it comes out normal and without stones, a HIDA scan will show if you either have an emptying problem of bile from your gall bladder, or just a sick gall bladder that causes the extreme nauseous feeling. I strongly suggest you start taking a look at your gall bladder. By the way, I was on paxil once and still had these symptoms. Anti depressents are not always the answer. Doc's hand them out like candy, but when you want to quit the withdrawals can be horrid. Thank God I'm off of that stuff! Good luck!

 
Old 11-13-2007, 10:42 AM   #10
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wow, i thought i was the only person out there with constant nausea that cannot be diagnosed... here are some things that they have tried out on me- but to no avail...

gastroscopy
hepatitus
Thyroid problems
endocrine blood scan

i am schedule to go to a holistic doctor who thinks it might be pancreatitis- if thats what it ends up being ill let you guys know

 
Old 11-13-2007, 09:06 PM   #11
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I have had similar symptoms for months. I have had numerous tests, seen heaps of doctors, and have been in and out of the hospital several times with the same symptoms you describe. Finally it looks as if, due to the results of a HIDA scan on my gall bladder, that they may have found the problem. It sure sounds like you have the same thing, especially the restlessness you mentioned in your first post. The gall bladder can mock several other conditions. Even if you have an ultra sound and it comes out normal and without stones, a HIDA scan will show if you either have an emptying problem of bile from your gall bladder, or just a sick gall bladder that causes the extreme nauseous feeling. I strongly suggest you start taking a look at your gall bladder. By the way, I was on paxil once and still had these symptoms. Anti depressents are not always the answer. Doc's hand them out like candy, but when you want to quit the withdrawals can be horrid. Thank God I'm off of that stuff! Good luck!
Wow it seems like we have a lot in common! I had an endoscopy done, all they found was gastritis and mild esophagitis. I still felt horribly nauseous and could hardly eat. Then after all that they ordered blood work and it showed my pancreas was slightly inflamed. That led the doc to think it was gallbladder related! Had a normal catscan w/dye and normal ultrasound. Had my HIDA scan today, after the second injection of CCK I felt so sick. Gallstones do run in my family, so I hope I get some results tomorrow. I would definitely have gallbladder tests to see if it is causing the nausea. Good luck and keep us updated!

 
Old 11-25-2007, 11:47 AM   #12
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I had the same symptoms that you have had for over a year. The constant nagging nausea was getting to me. I was never very hungry but I ate anyway, because it relieved my nausea somewhat. One night I woke up with this terrible feeling and pain right below my sternum and nausea that was unbearable but could not vomit. I woke my husband up and started getting dressed to go to the hospital, when all of a sudden I had to run to the bathroom to vomit. When I got to the bathroom, suddenly all the pain and discomfort went away immediately. I waited until morning and went in to see the doctor. Right away he said it was my gallbladder. I went right on to the hospital to have an ultrasound done. They found one large and several small gallstones. I went the next day and had gallbladder surgery. After that I was never bothered with the constant nausea again.

The doctor explained to me that many people have the constant nausea with the gallbladder being the problem but never have an acute attack. He said many doctors will check for everything but the gallbladder. Many patients go through months of treatment for other things when it is just thier gallbladder.

I would certainly ask the doctor to do some test to check for gallbladder disease or for gallstones.

 
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Hi,

I've had nausea for months and know what it feels like to feel sick all the time. I wake up with it and go to bed with it. I haven't found any natural remedy that has helped. One can get temporary relief by drinking ginger tea. I make mine with fresh ginger and very strong. It's only a temporary measure. Basically, I just live with it. I would like to find its cause. I suspect my use of prescription medication, but realize that besides being a side effect of many medications, nausea is a symptom of many health disorders. That is why I would like to have my gallbladder function assessed. I haven't had any GI tests besides the upper GI series. I have a hiatal hernia and GERD. The test for gastroparesis Barb mentioned sounds like something I should have done as well.


Good luck!

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Heartsy,

thank you so much for your post! I almost hope I have gallstones if it means I could live without nausea. I'll make sure to get tested for gallbladder function.

 
Old 01-24-2008, 10:18 PM   #15
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update: My stomach problems persist, but are infrequent. They may just be related to stress, although it must not be an acute reaction - I get sick when im just trying to rest.

good news: I have a new baby! she was 6 lbs 8oz after a VERY fast labour and excellent epidural. the doc didnt even have time to get her gloves on! "Nola" has an older brother (he's 3) and he seems to be adjusting well. shes beautiful.

At least with the new baby I have a decent excuse to be up - I help out as much as I can, I'm up anyway! my personal issues may stem from all this responsibility, I am the sole provider for my wife and 2 kids. But thats the crazy thing - theres not a thing wrong at the moment; we arent struggling in any way, and to me stress/anxiety/depression without a source drives me crazy.

Im not hugely self-motivated - ok I can be kinda lazy - but when I have a job that needs doing, I get it done. Thats the most frustrating part - not having something to ascribe my problems to. its just a general discomfort that takes root in my stomach and wont let me just chill.

Hopefully, after I get off of leave and go back to work the exercise ( from PT)will help me sleep. I figure if I improve my eating habits, get some more sun and take in more fresh air, I'll feel better. Plus I have stuck with my welbutrin (150mg/day). its a very mild antidepressant, so I cant tell if its ever working, but I dont want to take anything if I can help it.


Thanks for all the comments - all of our situations may not be due to the same thing, but knowing others have gone through similar straights is comforting in a strange way. .

 
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