My tummy hurts, fix it.
July 31, 2008 7:56 PM Subscribe
Why am I constantly nauseous?
posted by elisabethjw to health & fitness (18 answers total)
Sorry this is so long.
I constantly have stomachaches. Sometimes they are remain in the back of my mind, not really an issue; other times they are enormously present. I don't vomit often (up until a few months ago, I hadn't vomited since first grade), but they can be debilitating.
I am 19 years old, female, in good health (I thought ...). I exercise daily (about an hour each day, weights and cardio). Normal weight. I eat a fairly normal diet, no diet sodas (although one Coke a day), no liquor, no smoking, as few processed sugars as possible.
I've always been prone to nausea; I remember many nights sitting in restroom bathrooms trying not to throw up. It's pretty much died down until about three months ago.
Background information: about a year ago, I was diagnosed with teeny tiny gall stones. To be entirely honest, I can't remember why I was given an ultrasound to test for gall stones -- I was probably having stomach problems then, too -- but there were no more issues afterward and the diagnose was somewhat forgotten. The doctor said they were tiny stones, "nothing to be worried about."
I don't know what nausea feels like for other people (obviously) but for me it always comes with a strange, full, almost burning-like feeling in the back of the throat. It will usually die down when I burp; the worst incidents seem to be when I cannot burp and it just builds up and builds up.
Continuing on, about three months ago, on the night before I came home from school, I got ridiculously nauseous and threw up, which freaked me out because I had never thrown up before. Since then, it's been on and off, usually intensely so about once every week or two.
I am generally always slightly nauseous, but the painful, debilitating nausea always occurs in the evening, after I have eaten 3 meals and gone to the gym. As far as I can tell, there are no distinct patterns that indicate when it will be a bad evening; it usually hits full-force about 10:30 p.m.
Other possibly affecting factors:
* It seems to be heightened when I sit in an uncomfortable position at the computer (I used to use the computer at my bed, now I have a desk -- the frequency of the "bad" incidents has gone down since).
* I have some eyesight problems that give me headaches (I can't explain it well -- I have 20/20 vision but I need a heavy prism in my glasses for reading). I am not perfect about wearing my glasses.
* I hesitate to mention this, because it will instantly lead to "anxiety" diagnoses: the stomachaches increase when I am anxious. But that does not mean I don't get them when I'm not.
I went to the doctor a few days ago, who said something about acid and the lining of my stomach and prescribed me Prevacid. The first day taking the medicine (last night) I got extremely nauseous and went to bed early.
Hopefully this will work, but I'm not too optimistic. The doctor also mentioned ulcers and gall bladder problems as potential sources. For some reason, she didn't remember my gall bladder ultrasound, but didn't change her diagnosis when I mentioned it. I have another appointment next week, and if the Prevacid doesn't help I would like to have other tangible options to bring to her attention.
So, hive mind, help me. I know YANAD, but if you have been in a similar situation or have any ideas what may be causing the problems, let me know so I have an idea of what I would like to discuss with her. Ulcers? Gall bladder issues? Possible allergies (I currently am not knowledgeably allergic to anything)?
Oh, and I'm definitely not pregnant.