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Hello all. I recognize some of you from the other BB. My problem here is nausea. I've been SO unbelievably nauseous in the last 3 weeks or so. I have not thrown-up (thank God), but I feel AWFUL!!! I am hypoglicemic (sp), so if I wait more than 2 hours to eat, this is usually when it's at it's worst. Eating when I start to feel the sickness usually stops it.If I wait TOO long, I can't eat at all. Also sometimes I'll feel hungry so I eat, then I feel terrible for at least 2 hours afterwards. I JUST started a new job after not working for 2 1/2 years, due to this sickness. It's not the greatest job in the world, but it brings in the money, and there's no way I can afford to leave it (I live alone). I get these attacks at work sometimes (almost every day), and when I do, I have to take deep breaths and talk myself out of getting sick. I work alone as well, so if I thought I was going to be sick, I would have to close the store and go to the food court (I work in a mall). Luckily for me though, there's a big sink in the back... Just incase. I'd hate for it to happen on the floor. I believe it will never happen, but there is that fear.Most of you who have been to the other BB (the IBS Self Help Group), know me well, and have helped me lots. I've been looking for this BB for ages now, and I JUST found it, so I figured I'd give it a try and see if anyone else here has any ideas. I've tried gravol (it works a bit, but gives me that over medicated feeling), and buscopan. Nothing I've tried seems to work well though. It's scary thinking I could throw-up at any second. The only thing that keeps me going is I've felt this way for so long now (a few years) that I just keep thinking to myself "I feel like I'm going to be sick all the time, and it's never happened, so why would I start now?". Also, I tend to burp a lot, and my stomach sometimes feels very acidy (I get bile too).BTW: I'm IBS C (used to be D). I've had this for most of my life (the last 4 or 5 years have been the worst), and now it seems to be mostly C, gas, nausea, and MAJOR bloating. Any ideas?Thanx...Spirit.
 

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Welcome to this board Spirit. Have you tried zantac or pepcid ac? It helps reduce the acid in your stomach, maybe that'a the problem, try one before lunch and one before supper for a few days and see if it helps. I have no other advice since you have tried gravol. My nausea was due to hormones and is gone now. Good luck
 

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I have tried those. Pepcid sometimes works, but not all the time. Zantac does ####! (pardon the pun) It seems to be more of a stomach flu type feeling that it is acid. It's either or... Somebody once mentioned they get nauseous due to post nasal drip. I though this could be a factor because I do get sinus infections. I just don't know what to do about the nausea. It can get pretty overbearing.Spirit.
 
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I have IBS and Crohn's Disease. When Im nausiated I just take GRAVOL! Of course that is a Canadian brand name for the generic drug called "DIMENHYDRAMINE" Anti-nausiant!Works great, but leaves you a little tired.------------------Jennifer L(Canadian Crohn's Message Board)www.insidetheweb.com/mbs.cgi/mb330438
 

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We welcome your spirit to this board. Sounds like you are in misery. This might be worth a shot. Have you looked real closely at your diet? I get nauseated and bloated when I eat things with tomato in. It contains citric acid, which I found I am intolerant to through food allergy testing with allergen and antigen drops. Do you drink a lot of juices and sodas? If you look at the labels, it is used as an additive,(concentrated form), as well as in citrus fruits. It has helped for me to stay away from them. I hope you find your answer soon. ------------------
 

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I know of some foods that make me sick, but my nausea is so random it's hard to tell. For example, I could eat a hot dog at work one day and feel fine. The next day I'll eat the same thing, and feel great... for about an hour. Then ALL OF A SUDDEN, I'll feel like I'm going to be sick. I don't think it's food related.
 

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Spirit, did you put the exact same thing on your hot dog? I was going thru the same thing and found it was onions that was making me nauseated. Sometimes I could eat a hot dog and sometimes not but I didnt always put onions on it. Take a real good look at your diet, write things down it's really important, you dont always have the exact same thing. It might be hard to find but keep looking.
 

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Yes, I did. I find that I can eat the EXACT same foods one day as the next, and have opposite reactions. My diet (or I should say the foods that I eat) is always the same. Today I had spaghetti (same brand noodles, same sauce as always). It's sitting fine so far, but I could very easily eat the leftovers for dinner, and I'll be in the bathroom all night. Take dairy, for example. It's touch and go. Same with fiber. I can eat oatmeal (or cream of wheat) for breatfast one morning and feel fine... The next, off to the bathroom. The only thing I can assume it is is acid, although when I get acid indigestion it feels different than just plain nausea. And like I mentioned before, it seems to come at any moment. Eating doesn't trigger it, and nothing seems to help.Any more ideas?Spirit.
 

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Do you drink coffee? I also can eat something one day with citric acid, but if I eat it again the same day or the next, it will go against me. Rather than a true allergy, it's more like a sensitivity/or an intolerence. Your body can only tolerate a certain level before it reacts. This seems to happen when I eat dairy as well. They say it is good to rotate your foods to prevent this. I especially notice I have problems with left over spaghetti, as the citric acid level increases the longer it sits around. As I say, this may not be your problem at all. It can be very frustrating and confusing when we can't find answers. Hang in there Spirit. I wish you well.------------------
 

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Spirit, I get persistent nausea, too, without actually throwing up. Sometimes it accompanies a "D" attack, sometimes not. If it's mild, a Tagamet or two usually does the trick. Really bad nausea seems to respond well to half an Ativan (tranquilizer). This leads me to think my nausea might be anxiety-related.
 
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I used to have terrible nausea a few years ago. It was a horrible feeling sort of like being hungry and also acidic then I would be sure I was gonna toss my cookies. The doctor put me onto some tablets called Prepulsid. I too found that Zantac did absolutely nothing. My nausea now isnt too bad and I usually drink a peppermint tea to settle things down.
 

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I've had terrible nausea for 3 years now. about 3 years ago I had an endoscope which apparently showed nothing. I was told I had IBS and had to live with it. Changed my diet radicaly, etc, etc. Two days ago I had another endoscope which showed ulcers. So, does that mean the first endoscope was too early to detect the ulcers, because my nausea was much worse back then than it is now. Its too early to tell for me yet what exactly is going on but if you were checked some time ago consider being looked at by somone else. And do yourself a favor and don't mention IBS or your new doctor will probably blow you off as a head case. I think there is a breath test for H. Pylori the bacteria that causes most if not all ulcers. Anyway good luck nausea is no fun. BTW bentlys helped with my nausea.
 

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Allie: That's EXACLTY how I feel. It's like I feel hungry, then acidy, then I feel like I'm going to toss my cookies, but as soon as the pukey feeling goes away I feel SOOOO hungry, and I HAVE to eat! Is this how you feel?Prepulsid? Did that work for you? I used to take that, but I can't remember if it worked! I doubt it did, or I would have remembered. I think I might even have some left over here. Maybe I'll try taking one when I get home from work and see how that works...As far as the peppermint tea goes, it used to work miracles, but for some reaon whenever I drink it now I get heartburn, or it turns my stomach. I miss it
PS. Does anyone know what Cinnamon is good for? I know it's good for the digestive system, but it's good for something else too. I bought some cinnamon tea (yummy), but I can't remember what for!! LOL!Spirit.
 

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Hi Spirit....I just went through something similar to you. I had an ulcer on my esophagous(sp?) and gastritis in my stomach. Here's how gastritis was explained to me. When you have gastritis the lining of your stomach gets all red and irritated (kinda like a bad sunburn). The gastritis causes heartburn/acidy feeling/nausea. Peppermint is a no, no to anyone with stomach problems, along with onions, tomatoes and garlic. The enzymes in these foods effect the digest process. Foods tend to back up into the throat causing heartburn/acid. Here's what helped me, because I didn't feel like eating. when I did I felt a little better, but then I'd feel nauseaous. Get some pepcid. Take two in the morning before you eat. Before each meal take a swig of Mylanta and then before you go to bed take 2 more pepcid. You probably need to coat your stomach. My gastro gave me a prescription for 40mg pepcid tablets and when I run out I take four over the counter pepcids (they are 10mg a piece). I hope this helps...let me know.
 

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Colleen: I have no problems eating tomatoes or garlic (I LOVE garlic), and I don't think onion bother me (can't remember when the last time I ate them was). It's just peppermint that gives me heartburn, or makes me nauseous. The pepsid helps once and a while, but not all the time. Mylanta rules... LOL! And just a question, but I just found out this morning that I'm anemic. Can this make me nauseous? I'm going to see a specialist in 2 weeks so THANK GOD after that I'll get my strength back. I'm so sick of being dizzy and light headed all the time.Spirit.
 
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Hi SpiritThe way you describe your symptoms are exactly like mine were. I had an endoscopy at that time which ruled out everything. I remember that the Prepulsid didnt work straight away. I think it took a week or two. I currently take a natural tablet called Calm Quick which as ginger and peppermint oil in it. Dont know if you get them where you live. (I live in Australia). Another thing you could try are Sea Bands which are elasticised bands with a plastic node on them. You put them on your wrist over a accupressure point and the node presses into it. I have found them quite useful too. I bought mine from the chemist and they come with instructions. Hope something helps you soon!Allie
 
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Sorry to sound like a broken record, but freshly made ginger tea almost ALWAYS works for my nausea...(use the fresh ginger)Good luck! blbe
 
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