Chronic nausea for over a year, anyone have similar symptoms?

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yello everybody! so I decided that trying to type every detail that happened in the past year would be too much, so I'm just going to copy and paste a written health history below 😂 Please let me know if any of y'all have/had similar issues! (warning this is going to be a LENGTHY post)

February 2018:

  • Got severe stomach flu or food poisoning
  • Had diarrhea and vomited around 20 times (straight bile)

Mid May 2018 (123 lbs):

  • Received yellow fever vaccine and live typhoid vaccine
  • Typhoid vaccine caused a pretty bad abdominal cramping
  • Went to grad parties and noticed some nausea and fullness when eating food, but nothing of concern

Late May 2018: START OF CHRONIC GI SYMPTOMS

  • May 26th: Morning of grad party, felt super light-headed suddenly, had to lay down

    - Rest of day was fine, ate a lot of food

  • May 27th: woke up and felt nauseous. Had to lay down and deep breath for 1 hour to get rid of nausea. Almost ended up not going to graduation.

    - Felt normal during commencement

    - When leaving commencement, felt fatigue and burning in stomach

    - During dinner at restaurant, no appetite and had early satiety

  • Week leading up to Uganda trip: loss of appetite persisted leading up to Uganda trip.

    - PCC recommended taking Zantac, which helped with burning sensation, but produced a lot of stomach bloating and gas.

    - Didn’t eat solid food for that week besides some crackers

    - Would wake up and have an urgent need to go to bathroom

    - After/during BMs, would be nauseous from the cramping and lightheaded

    - Felt terrible the morning of the Uganda trip; woke up and couldn’t burp out gas that was trapped in stomach

Early June 2018 (115 lbs)

  • Attempted gluten free diet
  • Visited PCC again, and switched to Prilosec

    - H. pylori test: negative

    - Liver function: normal

  • Felt better one day and went to a grad party
  • Ate pizza, chocolate cake, nachos, and felt light-headed and somewhat fatigued afterwards. Someone told me I was very pale. After hanging out with people later that night, got very bad headache and felt very nauseous.

First major nausea-attack:

  • Ate out and had fried chicken strips and fried; wasn’t very hungry, brought leftovers home

  • Ate some leftovers at home and made myself very full

  • Tried some chinese herbal medicine (small pills)

    - Became extremely nauseous and was very close to vomiting (lasted about an hour)

    - Heart racing, numb lips and limbs, couldn’t breath in all the way

    -

    ** Nausea attacks happened often, even after eating ‘safe’ foods like porridge.

  • Bloating/stomach gas: started having to burp very often

  • Very early satiety

  • Had to burp after eating every spoonful of food

July 2018 (110 lbs)

  • Went on trip to China
  • Ate gluten again
  • Appetite came back temporarily, ate a lot of food. Stomach condition declined fast.

    Symptoms:

    - IBS like symptoms in morning

    - Extreme stomach bloating, stubborn stomach gas (would have to stay up until 3 am trying to burp out gas)

    -‘Foamy’ stomach feeling

    - Nausea attacks

Medicine tried:

- Domperidone: gave me dry and foamy mouth

- Slippery elm: taste made me nauseous

- TCM: tasted terrible, didn’t help appetite (for spleen)

- Digestive enzymes (pepsin): stomach ache

  • Stopped at SF on way back. Everything I ate gave me a stomach ache, felt like food poisoning
  • Back at home, started taking chinese herbal medicine, first time appetite reappeared
  • Stomach still wasn’t perfect, but I wanted to eat again

August 2018:

  • Upper GI endoscopy: normal
  • Cut out gluten
  • Fatigue started again, seems to appear 30 min after eating

San Diego trip:

  • Decent appetite, but still got stomach aches after eating certain things
  • On plane ride home, had terrible burning ache

September 2018 (104 lbs)

  • Headed off to college

  • Major nausea attack: ate at pho place, ate one bite that sent me over the edge

    - Became extremely nauseous and bloated and was close to vomiting

    - Had to walk around hotel for an hour or two

College starts:

  • Cut out dairy and on strict gluten free diet
  • Appetite got a lot better, could eat regular food in small portions
  • Started tracking macronutrients, prioritizing protein
  • Became ~wary~ of food poisoning and stomach flu

Fall Quarter:

  • Went to GI and diagnosed with gastroparesis
  • Continued having nausea attacks

Winter Break:

  • Vacation to Cancun
  • Stomach was okay for first couple of days
  • One day at dinner, after a bite of food, I felt stubborn gas moving in stomach

    - Became nauseous

    - Started burping up acid even on an empty stomach

    - Started getting very nauseous and fatigued at night

    - After getting back from cancun, fatigue and dizziness persisted

    - Headaches and extreme fatigue began

    - Discovered that laying on left side made upper abdomen gurgle, which provided some relief

Winter Quarter:

- Overeating became a problem for me

- I was accustomed to eating when not hungry, so not sure when to stop eating. Would often eat until felt sick.

- Cooked a lot

- Started going to gym to gain strength back

- At this point, weight was back up to around 110-115 lbs

- Gastric emptying study: normal

Symptoms:

- Sensitivity to light and headaches easily

- Started getting dull pulsing pain under rib cage on left side

- During respiratory illness, stomach condition would decline

- Felt like swallowing too much air

- Appetite disappeared

- Bloated easily and regurgitation

Spring Quarter:

- Heavy course load, so stopped working out

- New medication: iberogast, seemed to help me burp more

- Started getting bad scalp dermatitis flareup (could it be related?)

Emergency room situation:

- One night, felt cramping all along the right side of abdomen (cramps that you get after running after eating

- Couldn’t find a comfortable position to sleep in, felt like pulled muscle

-Next day, had sharp shooting pains starting at ribcage and traveling down to lower right abdomen

- Went to urgent care suspicious of appendicitis

- Sent to ER, took labs, everything normal, sent home

- Day after, sitting in library and started getting what felt like gas pain in upper abdomen
- Started getting worse, left library but couldn’t stand up straight or walk too far
- Went to ER 

			- Pelvic exam: normal
			- Labs: nothing significant
			- CT scan: minor intrahepatic duct dilation and slightly inflamed pancreas
- Continued having very vague shooting pains, not as intense, not as often

Summer 2019

  • Stomach iffy first few days, but got better
  • Feel pressure of something on throat, can’t pinpoint
  • Started eating a lot of vegetables and fruits (didn’t eat much during school year)

    - At first, only had bad gas from things like onions, apples, etc

    - One night, overate frozen grapes. Next morning, flareup began

    - Not hungry at all, no room in stomach

    - Big aggressive gurgling, no relief of pressure

    - Random strikes of nausea, felt in bottom of throat

    - After eating, rolling fist sensation under rib cage on right side, sometimes left

    - Burning came back

    - Shooting pain sometimes at night, gets worse when breathing out

    - Acid burps

    - All foods seem to cause indigestion, including safe foods

    - Took digestive enzyme for dinner, and had really bad burning, pressure, and nausea at night

Current health status:

  • Missing menstruation (had last regular period in August 2018, and had one in December 2018
  • Weight stable between 110-116 lbs
  • Have flareups with unknown trigger
  • Reintroducing gluten (soy sauce, etc)
  • Limiting fructose and sucrose
  • Taking herbal stomach medicine for appetite (although this doesn’t do anything during flareups) and occasionally iberogast
  • Symptoms

    - Random sharp pains in upper abdomen, sometimes traveling down to lower abd.

    - Constant burping, more frequent after eating

    - Building pressure in upper right abdomen that produces very loud gurgling that relieves pressure

    - regurgitation and acid burps

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  • Posted

    I had very similar symptoms "burning, nausea" after I made myself puke 8 months ago. Symptoms turned into ulcer like functional dyspepsia as doctor said I had a normal endoscopy. I cured my nausea by taking 2 drops of peppermint oil a day for a few weeks nausea disappeared. Although it didn't do much for the burning.

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  • Posted

    Hi susgallblad

    Have you had blood tests to check your vitamins and minerals such as vit d and B12 to name a few. You need to get them checked via a full blood count. Specifically ask for vit d and B12 to be tested...low levels can cause digestion problems..

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    Hi, I couldn't read it all, but I had similar problems and turned my diet upside down. STRICT GLUTEN AND DAIRY free and I eat just healthy - plus no coffee, no alcohol (has too much acid) , rarely meet (because it's too hard to digest) and drink looots of water!

    I also eat small portions..

    I feel great now!

    Hope this helps.

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