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This all started toward the end of last summer. Out of nowhere I began to experience bouts of severe nausea. They would usually come anywhere from 3-6 hours after eating a meal. I would feel as if I needed to vomit, but I never would. I would lean over the toilet, but as I thought I was going to vomit, I would belch. And after belching a few times I would feel 100% better. This continued for about a month. When it started, it happened a few hours after every meal, but as time went on, it began to occur less frequently. Eventually it got to a point where I was feeling normal for the most part, but I would still experience isolated bouts of nausea many days or even weeks apart from each other. The bouts were few and far between throughout the winter months. Now, as it is approaching summer, the bouts are again becoming more frequent. It always feels the same too. First slight nausea, then feeling like I have to vomit, then a buildup of pressure in my lower chest, followed by a burp which alleviates the nausea. I should also mention that I have an intense fear of vomiting. I haven't done so since I was 12 years old (i'm now 22) and I get panic attacks when I think I might vomit.

I'm not sure if this has anything to do with the nausea, but 2 years ago my lymph nodes became slightly enlarged in my groin, neck, and bicep areas. I went to a few different doctors, all of which said not to worry about it because the body does wierd things like that sometimes. I also had a handful of blood-work done; all of the tests came back normal. I was very worried so I even got tested for stds and hiv on 2 separate occasions months apart from one another - all negative. To this day, my lymph nodes are still slightly palpable and i'v pretty much given up on trying to figure out why.

I am worried about the nausea because I believe it has reduced my appetite. I was thin to begin with, and i'v lost some weight because of this. My body has gone through some severe changes in the past year or so. I used to be mentally and emotionally addicted to marijuana (i was high every day for most of the day for over a year) and then when I quit smoking, I picked up a painkiller habit. I have been drug free for almost a year now, but I am wondering if the drugs could have had any hand in my nausea (the opiates typically made me sick to my stomach).

Sorry for the lengthy post, thanks for reading.
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replied June 5th, 2006
Finally someone else with the fear of vomiting. I am not the only one! First of all, I have the same problem. I get nauseas everyday, it doesnt matter if I just ate or havent eaten all day, the nausea rears its ugly head. I drink cold ginger ale through a straw, within minutes I am belching and with each belch I feel better. If its really bad I take tums with the ginger ale. Like I said I too suffer from the fear of vomiting. I rarely vomit, and there have been times when I could have, but I actually held it back. When I get really nauseas I get panicky and have to take an ativan. I researched the fear of vomiting, and it is called emetephobia. The sites said that emetephobics can go through pregnancies, appendixcitis, vomiting inducing supplements, anethesia, and stomach viruses without ever vomiting. Also, back to why your nauseas, I have acid reflux and I take prevacid. It seems to help but I drink my gingerale and take tums everyday anyways.
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replied June 22nd, 2007
Feeling Sick
I am going through something now with my health and have not been able to get any solid diagnosis. My main complaint is the nautiousness. I can't stand it. It is bringing on anxiety attacks simply because I am afraid I will get sick if I go out anywhere. THe only thing they have found is I also have acid reflux and just started taking NExium. I haven't had a chance yet to notice if my nautiousness has decreased. Is that a common symptom of acid reflux?
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replied July 3rd, 2007
I'm having the same problem as you two are. Since last October I've been suffering from nausea everyday, no matter what. I when i went to my family doctor she told me i had acid reflux and gave me a prescription for zantac 150mg. It helped for a couple weeks then got worse. When i went back my doctor pretty much said "well good luck with that" and sent me home with nothing but an even bigger stomach ache.

I made an appt with a gastrointerologist who had absolutely no idea what could be wrong with me. He said I may have reflux but wasn't completely sold. He gave me samples of Protonix to use once a day. He had me get blood work done to check for a gluten allergy and what not, came back perfectly fine. So he went ahead and did an endoscopy on me, told me my insides looked perfect for a 19 year old and that he had no idea what was wrong with me. I have an extreme fear of throwing up and because of this i tended to stay home everyday and dreaded going out into public because i was afraid i was going to vomit, and felt safer in the comfort of my own home. He did though, give me a prescription for Phenergan, an anti nausea medicine, and when the prescription ran out i bought it online from an canadian pharmacy OTC so i have an enormous supply of the pills so when the nausea gets to me too much to handle i take one and it makes me feel better. Unfortunately the medicine makes you veryyy drowsy so i end up falling asleep when i'm feeling better and waking up after the medicine has worn off.

I made an appt with a natropathic doctor who told me she also had no idea why i was dealing with constant nausea. She gave me DGL (deglycerinated licorice root) supplements. Which worked wonders, i take 6 of these horsepills a day and they helped a lot for about a month, the nausea never went away completely but it was somewhat dulled, but then it started coming back. She did more blood tests on me and stool samples and both came back perfectly normal.

Now i am not only nauseous constantly but i get really bad diarrhea out of nowhere, 3-4 times a week. so I keep a bottle of pepto bismol in my purse.
At this point in time i'm taking 13 pills a day, 2 zantac 150mg, 1 protonix, 6 DGL supplements, 2 pancreatic enzymes (to help my food digest faster) and 2 of these pills, supplements that help digest food as well. After all this i am still feeling sick everyday, worse now that ever because i'm not only dealing with the nausea but also the diarrhea.

Any Ideas?
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replied September 27th, 2011
Acid Reflux Relief
Apple Cider Vinegar. Yes, it tastes like vinegar, but if you eat salads, you could use it as a dressing. Also, probiotics and enzymes help the digestion process. The higher BU the better. There is also liquid aloe vera that you drink that helps acid reflux.
I know these posts are years old, but I was doing some research and came across them and thought I'd try to help anyone reading them.
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replied May 23rd, 2013
It sounds like gallbladder disease. Have you had the ultrasound?
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replied December 20th, 2007
Frequent Nausea
I know how everyone feels. I am glad that I am not alone. I too have a fear of vomitting. I thought I was the only one. I dont know why, but I do. I have not thrown up since I was 9, and I am now 28. I too have nausea at least 3 times a week sometimes more. My doctor has prescribed me Phenogran, and it works wonders. They do not know why I am nauseated all the time. I do not have a medical condition that would warrant me having nausea all the time. My doctors think that it is all stress. I am in a very sterssfull situation, and I am sure that is my problem. I will continue to take the Phenogran, until I can learn to deal with it. This is the best medicine, and it does not damage your body. I love it, and would reccomend it to anyone that has nausea all the time. Good luck everyone
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replied February 12th, 2008

This is pretty strange to me as this is the first post I've ever found that describes my problems in detail. You guys seem to have the exact same thing that I have.

I have a fear of vomiting myself, I'm on 2 pills a day to control my reflux and I feel nausea all the time after I've eaten a "large" meal. I also have a fear of going out because I think I'm going to feel sick. But I almost never vomit. Been at least 5 years ago now.
I've already figured out that a part of the problem is most probably stress related. When I'm in a situation that I start feeling a bit sick and I'm not in a private place (home/car/toilet/outside/whatever), it tends to get worse because of, I gather, my fear of vomiting and more specifically, my intense fear of vomiting in public.

It's not that I'm a social outcast who sits home all day afraid to go to work or go out. I refuse to let it fully control my life so I place myself in social situations which could cause a problem, just to force me to deal with it. But when I have a meeting or when I'm going to friends or wherever, I just don't eat before I leave. When I'm going to go to a restaurant (which I really don't like to do because of my "condition"), I eat there but I make sure that I don't eat a lot. And I take an antacid right after the meal.
I can't eat during a long period either. So I can't do the appetizer, main course, dessert either because when I eat something and wait a short while, I tend to lose my appetite or start to feel a bit bloated/nausea. Which is a problem when you're at social events. I always have to refuse food/drinks which causes some strange looks and reactions.
I can't drink that much either. Alcohol that is. When I was 18, I used to be able to drink beer like the next guy. Now I'm 29 and when I've had three beers in a full evening, I have to really watch out or I'm very very nauseaous.

And I firmly believe that it's not all in my head (stress related) either. I'm pretty sure it's a problem with my stomach or whatever but the effect is aggravated because of my fear of vomiting. My doctor couldn't help me so I went to a gastro specialist in the hospital. He gave me some medicine, which I have to take daily, that did wonders for my reflux (I used to have reflux _all_ the time, even after drinking water in the morning). I can't take sour stuff either, which I used to love (juice, lemons, oranges, ...)
Next to those pills, the only thing that really helps me is an antacid. I take one or two after every heavy meal and they really get the nausea down. So I kinda get the feeling that it's still an acid problem. Even though they looked in my stomach and didn't see much wrong except for a bit of an inflamation and my stomach that didn't really close all the way. But no extraordinary amounts of acid. I also did a stomach emptying test. Sounds gross but it's not what you think Wink, it's a test wher you have to eat something on a sober stomach and they measure how fast it digests. And they said I have a really really slow digestion. Which would explain why my food seems to lay like a brick in my stomach and makes me feel nausea.

When I feel the nausea, I also have these "burping sounds" in my chest but they are not burps. They're kinda annoying and people sometimes look at me like what's his problem? But I can't stop it. But this is something I only have, I've had it since I was 12 or something, don't know anyone who has that.
And to top it off, I can't belch. Well I can, ever since I'm on the reflux meds I belch several times a day. But I can't induce it. And the belching helps enormously to aleviate the nausea! Sometimes I'm praying for a belch to come and I know it's just around the corner but I can't do it myself. It has to happen on it's own. I wish I could learn how to belch on command. I'm sure that would make the nausea so much more bearable.

Wow what a long post. I've learned to live with my nausea. But I would give anything to find a cure for it. Because although I say I'm not letting it control me, I know it actually is. It's crippling. I just want to live a normal life like anyone else. Sounds stupid but I would just love to go out and party like I used to do without knowing I'll be escaping to the bathroom or outside and feel sick.
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replied March 23rd, 2012
Wow you definitely have the exact same 'condition' as I do. I'm a 21 year old girl and literally have been having all of those symptoms for a good 6 years now. I can make myself belch on command but it really doesn't help. It's like releasing wind, but in order t do it i need to suck in some wind, and then it just feels like i'm bloating myself more. It's a weird feeling. I also have been nauseas after nearly every meal now! I don't know what it is. The doctor's always say I'm fine but I know from the way I feel every day that I'm not ! Not in a bad way, but i'm so glad I stumbled upon this forum to know i'm not the only one with nearly every symptom mentioned! Has anyone found anything that they've done or taken to make them feel any better from any of this?
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replied December 8th, 2012
Im so glad i came across this im a 22 year old girl and im going through the same thing everyday for the past 2 years my life is hard to live and do thing with my fiancee and 3 year old i always no matter what if ive eaten or not feel like im going to throw up and its gotten worse these last two months..i lay down and have to sit right back up it so hard to sleep at night cause of this feeling ive been to doctor after doctor and they tell me im fine but my body doesnt feel fine..nauseous, dizzy and have bad headaches all the time its really annoying and i also just feel so weak i sit in bed all day and night...does anyone know any remedies or things that will help..i also have a fear of throwing up but i have a trash can right by my bed and lean over everytime i feel like im going to throw up and just belch but it also really hurts my stomach and i dont know what to do...Anybody know of anything at all please let me know
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replied May 1st, 2012
Wow! You all are just like me. I'm thirty-five years old, and I've had this for as long as I can remember. As you said, I'm not a shut-in, but I would do many more things if I was sure I was not going to feel nauseous. I have gone to countless doctors and specialists to be told I simply have acid reflux, that I need to relax, and my personal favorite....I need to exercise more and eat better (I run three miles a day and eat perfectly healthy foods). A few years ago, I lost 20 pounds in a very short amount of time. I couldn't eat anything without extreme stomach pain, nausea and diarrhea. A pancreatic specialist told me he was pretty sure I had lymphoma, but when he did a biopsy, it came up negative. It was later discovered that I have endometriosis, some of which is on my intestines, but every doctor I've seen tells me there is no correlation. I just want to be a healthy, happy person, good at my job, and a good mom. It is very difficult to feel physically terrible most of the time, when it seems that I am doing everything I can to be healthy. Thank you for posting. At least now I know that I am not alone!
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replied February 15th, 2008
i get nauseaus every day without fail. the doctors told me that i have a stomach ulcer. but the medicine doest to anything really to help im still nauseus *i hate that word*. ive missed 16 days of school so far, and if i miss like two more im being put in a detention home. it sucks too cause since my mother and i have a phobia of being scoped, like that test they do when they put the camera scope thing down your throat, we can do that. and i also have a fear of vomiting. that keeps me at home most of the time, and away from my boyfriend and friends.
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replied March 9th, 2008
I am facing the same problem too.

However my nausea feeling will be alleviated once I eat something.

I too willing to try anything that can guarantee a cure for my problem
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replied May 3rd, 2008
nausea almost daily...
Hello all,

I have read posts from the extreme nausea category and feel right at home. It was nice to read others share my same symptoms and fears. I have been experiencing a lump in my throat/nausea for 7 weeks now. It started out just w/nausea that would wake me up in the middle of the night. I cut out all items in my diet that would initiate a GERD-like response. After 1 month this continued and I saw my GI doc. He told me to take Pepcid complete b/c I refused Nexium. This helped for about a week and then it was same ol' same ol, except the nausea seemed even worse.

Now, 3 weeks after that initial visit, I am taking food enzymes, anti-gas herbs- but still experiencing extreme nausea! It's as if no food is digestable to my system completely. I feel like food is in my throat, but I am not vomiting. I also have a HUGE fear of vomiting since I have rarely done it in my lifetime. I went 20 yrs w/out vomiting- I am 29 y/o and broke my record when I caught a virus last year. Anyhoo, I say all this just to ask for some advice...I haven't read any comments w/people receiving a diagnosis. It seems that most of us have unexplainable circumstances, but that just doesn't mk sense to me. Obviously something is WRONG, but I just don't know what or how to mk it change. I am very concerned due to my diet changes and I am losing weight, which I certainly have none to spare!

Please, please help!!!
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replied June 7th, 2008
I completely know how all of you feel, it's SUCH a comfort that we're not the only ones.

Ever since about grade 4 (I'm in grade 11 now) I've had something like this.. I'll wake up feeling fine in the morning and as the day progresses I'll begin to get the gross burps, and then more and more of them. It gets to the point where I'm so nauseous and can't do anything but go to bed. Sometimes it'll become this bad by 3pm, other days 10pm. Often times during the night I'll be woken up by feeling so sick. One thing always remains the same.. I always wake up the next morning feeling completely fine. Spells like this usually go on for a month or longer, the rest of the year I'll be perfect! Coincidence or not, it is always a spring-time thing.

It's strange that none of us has been given a satisfying response from a doctor. I've gone to my family doctor as well as a pediatrician years ago, and all they've been able to come up with is that it's some sort of migraine phenomenon. Like many of you, I've done almost all the testing there is, and NOTHING has come back with useful information.

Best of luck to everyone.. I'll for sure be posting if an answer comes up for me.
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replied June 7th, 2008
And in response to the fear of vomiting.. I wouldn't describe myself as having that fear. However, when my sickness gets me to the point where I could be sick to my stomach, something holds me back and I never end up actually doing it.
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replied July 13th, 2008
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morgannn2 wrote:
I've gone to my family doctor as well as a pediatrician years ago, and all they've been able to come up with is that it's some sort of migraine phenomenon. Like many of you, I've done almost all the testing there is, and NOTHING has come back with useful information.

i am amazed at all of these posts! its like im reading discriptons of myself!
ive had problems with nausea on and off since i was five years old, im 18 now. i have an intense fear of vomiting. when i was little people couldnt even say the word "barf" without me freaking out. i havent thrown up since about fifth grade.

i am going through a bout right now, and it is horrible. it started in late march. i had a brief period at the beginning of june when i was well enough to graduate.

it doesnt matter if i have eaten or not, time of day doesnt matter i will just start feeling horribly sick for no reason. it used to wake me up at night. i got to the point when i was only getting 4-5 hours of sleep a night, and lack of sleep makes my symptoms worse. for the second time i had to drop out of school and go on home hospital in order to not fail all my classes.

ive gotten to the point where i am terrified to go out, im afraid that i will get sick while i am out, and id much rather feel sick in the comfort of my own home. being sick all the time like this has thrown me into panic atacks and depression. i panic when i feel sick because i am afraid that i am going to throw up. its really hard on me and my bf. he wants to go out all the time like we used to, but i cant. i just cant make myself go out! i cant get over it and he doesnt understand. i feel like no one understands how hard this is for me.

i just feel so defeated by this condition. no medicines work for me, and all of my tests come back normal. i am at the point where i want them to do any tests on me becuase i want them to find something wrong with me. i feel like i need a reason that this would happen to me. i feel that maybe if they find something wrong with me, they might be able to treat it and give me some relief! im supposed to start college next month!!! what am i going to do if i cant make it to my classes??? i dont want to feel like this for the rest of my life! i want to grow up, move out, have kids! how am i supposed to do any of that when im too afraid to leave the house because i might feel sick? i wont be able to hold a job, or take care of my kids!

anyways, i hope you all get some relief sometime soon! good luck!
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replied November 9th, 2008
hey again everyone lol
i dont know if this applies to you, but since we have similar problems, its worth a shot.
it was found that i have depression & anxiety issues. its a genetic thing, and looking back, ive been like this my whole life. granted, not to the extent i was recently but a little bit off.
So about a month ago i started a medication called Efexor for depression, and reading the pages about what it can help, i discovered that stomach acid levels are something it helps to control as well!
Maybe the stem of all these stomach problems could be something neurologic.
I can't tell you about my long term results yet,
but i hope this might help a little bit! Smile
god bless.
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replied January 19th, 2009
Frequent Nausea
Hey there Smile

Im a 30 year old male, who has felt sick all his life...

Major fear of vomiting, and finally after 22 years, did vomit. Didnt feel better, just made my phobia worse, since when I feel sick, I replay that day in my head.

I have nausea everyday. It keeps me home, and out of situations I would rather love to be in.

The difference that I've found with me and some of these posts, is that the only time I dont feel nausea, is when I'm hungry. Many times, well, daily I should say; my nausea gets bad, more intense, more intense, more intense, then all of a sudden, stomach girgles with hunger, and I feel great. At times, I want to cry in happiness that I dont feel sick at this moment, or that its been relieved.

Also, unlike other Emetophobes, I drink alot. Beer only really, I'll almost instantly feel better after a beer, sometimes it takes 2. but always feel better.

For awhile, this led to me drinking alot...up to 6 or more..daily. I've since calmed that down for fear of being an alcoholic, but still drink everyday.

I think alot of it is in my my nausea seems to go away during the summer months, or when "flu season" is over.
Generally I feel sick, all day, everyday from late september to early March. Thats alot of holidays spent in my bedroom Sad

I'm glad to hear there is more like me.

I dont take any medication. Never tylenol or nothing, for fear of side effects, like Nausea or worse. Maybe I should...but thats another battle...

Anyways, I felt like spillin it today, so you were all my audience...thanks for reading!
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replied February 2nd, 2009
i am in the same boat with you guys. i am slowly starting to not like to go out though and i hate that. mostly though, i dont like to be in situations where i am not in control with if i can leave to go to the restroom or not. I cant remember the last time i threw up, but if i am in a situation where i know i cant leave and go to a bathroom if i need to, the nausea and anxiety is the worst.... i never am in a car unless i drive, i never eat before i go to meetings, i never like to sit in the middle of a theater, and i cant remember the last time ive been on a roller coaster.

does anyone else have any little weird habbits though? with me, i always have cough drops in my pocket, i dont know, but it makes me feel better for some reason.
i want to learn breathing techniques, or something that will help me calm down when i get like this. i have a prescription to xanax, and it works well, but i dont like taking drugs. any suggestions anyone?
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replied February 5th, 2009
Geez, I think we are from the same cut...

I always keep mint gum in my pocket, excel blue pack, always helps, I buy it by the case, and should own stock in Canada Dry Ginger Ale by now..pff, dont know how much I drink of that..

Beer helps. Alot....if I have a couple beers...I feel great...but if I get a hangover, the nausea can last up to 4 or 5 days... So I watch it.. but I love beer, so its a catch.

I'm going to try coughdrops...

I too wont eat before meetings or stuff...its stupid really, cause it makes me unproductive since I have a crazy high metabolism...I get tired fast...this is where the Mentos Fruit Candy comes in...I get weak, eat a couple of them, I'm good until I can get to a safe place and eat...

Safe places to eat. What a topic. I sit facing the door, note the restrooms and hate loud places where its hard to concentrate. I feel especially bad for my girlfriend, who has to make plans with me day by day depending how I feel...

Its tough man, to sit through dinner feeling like hell....oof, can't stand it...
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replied May 4th, 2012
WOW me too with the beer!I really look forward to my evening beer because i get to feel better for awhile all the other stuff doesn't help...pills, pepto, ginger ale. Funny thing that other types of alcohol don't work, wine makes my stomach hurt sometimes and liquor I get heart burn???? Thank you so much for if only someone could find a diagnosis and cure....
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replied February 23rd, 2009
think we all have the same dna or something, everything i read is a little bit of each of us. Its pretty bad that all of us have pretty much had the same symptoms, the same tests, the same results and still have our problems. The fear of vomiting, the nauseau, the fear of goin out because we're afraid to start feeling sick in public. Its sad cuz when u tell someone who isnt like us that we dont feel good or we feel sick to our stomaches, they simply dont understand. My girlfriend gets angry most of the time when i say i dont feel well thinking that im fakin it to get out of goin somewhere. I would love to get back to the days where i could eat when and wherever i wanted without he fear of what im goin to feel like in an hour. I try to explain to people that its like wanting to puke 24/7 but they still dont understand. I think only people that have this problem no what eat other is going threw. And im willing to bet that most if not all of us found this forum by googling "I feel nauseaus all the time"...The weird part is that although no-one has gotten a straight answer as to why we feel like this, it is comforting to know that we're not alone, and being able to read other peoples stories which are pretty much my story makes me feel a little better sometimes. It might be just the distraction from the sick feeling that helps or the feeling that im not the only person suffering from the [email protected]#$. Like most of you, i try to not let it control my life, but how can you not when all you think about is, am i gonna puke this time or will it just pass like usual. Its definately a crippling effect its having on our lives and theres gotta be a real medical explaination. Its pretty bad when the last time i went to the GI specialist i prayed he found something wrong that would need an operation to fix. If theres some simply way to fix this without having to take 50 pills a day i would gladly pay whatever price for the cure.
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replied March 27th, 2009
gaining weight from this
Like everyone else here, I completely understand what you are going through. To make things worse for me, however, I have been gaining weight as well. I think it is because I eat alot of carbs now like bread, crackers and anything starchy in hopes of it settling my stomach. Even though it never does, I still get hopeful. On top of that, if I try to work out or run, I will have to fight the nausea even more, so I find myself avoiding it. Does anyone else feel like this?
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replied April 1st, 2009
Well, my girlfriend tells me that when she doesn't feel well she goes for a walk, or something, I normally just sit still...its all I can really do..

I've tried, but fight with the throw-up feeling the whole's tough, really tough.

I avoid it too.

I'm naturally small and have a big metabolism, so gaining weight is hard for me, whether or not I'm eating.

It's been easy for me to get into the--- don't feel well so I dont eat, dont eat cause I dont feel well --- circle...its vicous.

I have gotten tougher though...I force myself to eat, even when I dont feel well. This helps. I feel mentally stronger and confident.
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replied April 10th, 2009
Ginger Capsules
I see a lot of people get relief from Ginger
Ale - have any of you tried ginger capsules? It is known to help with nausea - I've used it for sea sickness w/ great results. The one thing I'd recommend tho, have something to eat before taking the ginger as it can upset the stomach on its own. I've even eaten the candied ginger when my stomach was acting up.
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