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    Old 10-22-2004, 04:53 AM   #1
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    Unhappy Constant Retching

    Hi all
    I've mentioned this problem before but it seem to be getting worse and I am getting very panicky.

    About 4 weeks ago I had a nasty cough and after a coughing fit, I dry retched a few times. The doctor said it was just the cough causing my diaphragm to spasm. About 5 days later it happened again without any cough
    Now I rarely have a day free with out it - constant nasuea, a feeling like someone has put their fingers down my throat, then retching - 6 to 10 times a day.

    I find it difficult to eat - even though I can be starving.

    I have been on different anti nasuea medications (currently metaclopromide) and been treated for an ear infection, but nothing has worked. I've had blood tests for loads of stuff and they are all normal. It is now ruining my life - can anyone suggest anything? Please help
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    Old 10-27-2004, 04:39 AM   #2
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    Re: Constant Retching

    Hi All
    The doctor now suggests that what is happening to me is something called 'learned behaviour'. Apparently, when I had bronchitis and was constantly coughing - I did retch as a conseqence of this. Now, he suggests that my body has learned to do this as a response to nausea and hunger, that there is nothing wrong other than this, but has not offered any idea about how to get rid of it.

    Can anyone PLEASE tell me -
    1. Does this sound like a reasonable diagnosis?
    2. Has anyone heard or suffered from something like this before?
    3. Can anyone suggest how to treat it.

    Also, Should this be under another thread?

    Please help me if you can - it is destroying my life - I can't eat properly, can't sleep, and have no energy. Yesterday I ate a bag of crisps, half a sandwich and 3 biscuits, and it was very difficult to consume that.
    Thank you.

     
    Old 10-29-2004, 09:56 AM   #3
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    Re: Constant Retching

    it probably is learned behaviour, in other words, its a bad habit you have picked up
    an antidepressant med may calm you and reduce it
    dry retching is fairly common with anxious people

    I expect yout throat has been thoroughly checked, if not see a throat specialist

     
    Old 11-24-2004, 09:25 PM   #4
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    Re: Constant Retching

    I had this before. It is caused by a food chemical or drug intolerance. In my case it was chicken. I was even hospitalized it was so bad. It usually causes symptoms about 4- 6 hrs after eating the offending food ( a delayed reaction)so its hard to see cause and effect. Because the food allergy causes the release of adrenaline in order to regulate your blood pressure/vessels you end up with symptoms simular to anxiety. Because of this, anti anxiety medications will stop the wrethcing. Use clonazepam or ativan for instant relief but do try to find the offending food and dont be fooled into silly excuses from ridiculous dr's who have no answers. It is something you are being over exposed to, something you are eating too much of and have become intolerant of, or a chemical such as paint, glues or varnishes or a medication. Probably the offending food/drug/chemical is whats causing your caugh as well.

     
    Old 11-30-2004, 06:36 PM   #5
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    Re: Constant Retching

    I have had this nuisance for over 40 years, usually when I go to something stressful, or eating out, or forced to go somewhere early in the morning. It's always gagging & retching without vomiting. Most times, however, I do cough up alot of mucous & flegm. It seems worse when my sinuses are congested, so antihistamines like benadryl and actifed help. I recently had a ct or cat scan and couldn't stop gagging. After the physician administered ativan, they were able to continue the process. I have tried biofeedback, hypnosis, a chiropractor, psychotherapy, tonsilectomy....and tomorrow I go for a flouroscopic swallow study. Someone has suggested that I get an allergy test. If this swallow study sucks, I think that will be my next option. I was barely able to complete college and have a 'fit' just about every morning before work. I too am desperate for a cure or practical treatment.

     
    Old 12-10-2004, 01:15 PM   #6
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    Re: Constant Retching

    a large dose of valium would relax the throat muscles for a while and if this helps it suggests anxiety

     
    Old 01-07-2005, 03:32 PM   #7
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    Re: Constant Retching

    I am just like ranbunctious every morning starts out with the same problem. It's miserable, what can help constant gagging and retching. If i have somthing in my stomach like liquid it dose'nt last long. I drink alcohol heavly. Does any body out there do the same with this condition ? I am also not a health nut, so I dont pay much attention to a scheduled diet or healthy foods. So whats the problem, and what the cure .
    Diet Lifestyle or Stress?

     
    Old 02-03-2007, 07:52 PM   #8
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    I need some serious help. I'm 17 years old and i have similiar problems. It started when i had to do something stressful, and now it is taking over my life. When it happened, i actually got over it in a week. I just stopped thinking about it. However, now that school has started it is worse than ever. I gag, and even throw up almost every morning. I think about it 24/7 and cant get my mind off it. Please, does anyone have a solution to this problem?
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    Old 02-03-2007, 07:52 PM   #9
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    Re: Constant Retching

    I need some serious help. I'm 17 years old and i have similiar problems. It started when i had to do something stressful, and now it is taking over my life. When it happened, i actually got over it in a week. I just stopped thinking about it. However, now that school has started it is worse than ever. I gag, and even throw up almost every morning. I think about it 24/7 and cant get my mind off it. Please, does anyone have a solution to this problem?
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    Old 02-03-2007, 07:52 PM   #10
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    Re: Constant Retching

    I need some serious help. I'm 17 years old and i have similiar problems. It started when i had to do something stressful, and now it is taking over my life. When it happened, i actually got over it in a week. I just stopped thinking about it. However, now that school has started it is worse than ever. I gag, and even throw up almost every morning. I think about it 24/7 and cant get my mind off it. Please, does anyone have a solution to this problem?
    Thanks

     
    Old 02-28-2007, 03:13 AM   #11
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    Re: Constant Retching

    Hi Everyone ,
    I joined this forum because of this problem !
    I am so worried about it as well !
    I am 24 and it was never this bad but It's now a problem .
    I am embarrest to go out especially drinking cause people think I'm going to through up - I never do but it looks and sounds like I will !
    I know it sounds wierd but I can't burp so I don't know if my body is trying to bring up air or what .
    Mine gets worse at night if I have a cigarette ( I don't smoke in the day ) with my drink - I drink bourben an coke so I don't know if it's the bubbles even.
    I am also a big stresser - I worry about everything and get really bad anxiety and panic so I don't know if that's the cause as well .
    I would like to hear what people say about this thread cause I'm so worried .

     
    Old 07-18-2007, 01:37 AM   #12
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    Re: Constant Retching

    Reading this thread nearly brought tears to my eyes, I have had this problem off and on for over a year now and I cant seem to get it under control. Most recently, not unlike yourself pete my wretching started after a bad chest infection and coughing up a lot of gross stuff...

    its funny i always describe it as what i'd imagine morning sickness is like.... and i do feel STARVING all day, i get the sweats and shake and get a bit out of it... and yet I cant eat... i feel completely aversed to food, even the smell of it can set me off.... i chew bites of food and spit them out.

    last year when this all started, i did ever bloody stomache test under the sun... colonoscopy, gastroscopy, barium swallows, ultrasounds.. EVERYTHING.. but they found NOTHING.

    I do find that these episodes come up during particularly stressful times in my life, but im not a person who actively stresses about things all the time, i do try and WANT to go about my day.... has anyone found anything about this yet?

    Im going to see a naturopath soon and hopefully he can recommend SOMETHING.... im not really interested in taking something for anxiety ... i just want to find a way to cope with this.

     
    Old 07-22-2007, 01:19 PM   #13
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    Re: Constant Retching

    I recently went to work a temporary job for a few days. My doctor gave me a new prescription to try called 'cyproheptadine'. I took it the night before and I couldn't believe it. From the time I woke up until I left for home...NO RETCHING FITS!!! It does make you a little sleepy, but it definitely helps. Another thing I like about it is that it gives me a little euphoric and pleasant disposition. I now call it my 'happy pill'. I strongly urge others with this affliction to try this medication. I've also found it works best when I havn't taken it in awhile. I try not to take it unless I have a really stressful occasion. Something just tells me that this is a sinus-related condition. Doctors in general are absolutely useless. Apparently, since this is a rare condition, doctors just aren't inclined to address it. Dentists are about the only physicians that encounter this on a regular basis. I avoid dentists at all cost, unfortunately at the expense of healthy teeth. Luckily, I have found a dentist that will treat me when I'm completely asleep. I don't know what I would have done if I hadn't found him. I have a much better life since I stopped trying to do 'what everybody else' does. I don't eat out or do many activities. I do enjoy camping, fishing, and a few things that don't aggrivate my condition. Finally, after my 3rd marriage, my wife understands and helps me thru my 'fits' and doesn't expect too much from me. If you stop pushing yourself to be 'normal', you'll have a much better life. Another thing that helps is if you don't eat too late before bed. If you must go to work or school, just have your retching fit before you go, and maybe get there a little early so you don't have to jump out of the car. Good luck and my prayers are with you all.

     
    Old 08-12-2007, 10:27 AM   #14
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    Re: Constant Retching

    Wow - at least I am not the only person to suffer with this. I have just started having severe panic attacks, and anxiety episodes that can last 3 days at a time, I have been to my GP and have just started a course of beta blockers, and am returning for blood tests next week. One od the symptoms of my anxiety is a very dry throat and mouth and feeling nauseaus to the point whre I can actually dry retch many times, mainly in the mornings .....I have lost 3 stone in weight and am finding it difficult to eat any food. If I dissolve a buscamemt tablet on my gum the nausea will subside, but they do make me very woozy.

    I know that my retching and anxiety problems are long term and will need professional help so I can unlearn these reposonses.

    Before all this started I was a happy and healthy person, it's just all come from nowhere.
    I wish you all well.

    Claire.

     
    Old 08-12-2007, 12:14 PM   #15
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    Re: Constant Retching

    Hello,
    If it's a dry cough, my grandpa used to take 1 to 2 tablespoons of potato water each time the cough acted up. He even kept it by his bedside.
    Grandma would get two to three mid-sized potatoes and scrub them under running water. Then she'd cut each one in half and put them into a pot of approximately four cups of water (she was a country cook, and created many things without measuring them, but just by "eyeballing it" - ha). Bring the water to a boil and then lower the flame. She let the potatoes cook for around half and hour. She normally served the potatoes at a meal, but she saved the water in the refrigerator. Good 'ole potato water, it always seemed to work.
    A homemade syrup for bronchial coughs consists of 3 drops of oil of fennel and 3 drops of oil of anise added to six tablespoons of honey. However, if you're allergic to honey or diabetic, you should skip the honey. When you feel a cough coming on, shake the mixture up and take a teaspoon of it.
    Something else they used to get us to do was chew on a couple pieces of clove to get rid of the tickle in our throats. They were also big on getting us to keep a glass of water with a couple of teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in it by our bedsides for coughs at night. In church they would have us pinch the area between our lip and our nose - ha ! Oddly enough it worked ! It must be some kind of Appalachian accupressure - ha ! Being from Texas, staying with grandma and grandpa over the summers, or any other time for that matter, was always a delightful experience and education !
    Good Luck to you !

    EasterBunny

    Last edited by EasterBunny; 08-12-2007 at 12:19 PM. Reason: grammatical errors - sorry.

     
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