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This is the first time i have ever posted on a forum especially a health one.
I just currently feel at a loss. I'm a 17 year old female and as far as I can remember, for the past 4 years, I have suffered from daily nausea, on and off but it has progressively gotten worse. At this point, I can barely eat and I am underweight (82-83 pounds and I'm 5 feet tall). This really affects my daily life and I honestly feel depressed and anxious. Preparing for college and such is a stress to most by itself but I'm struggling to juggle that and also my health.
I have gone to the doctor since I started feeling the nausea which was summer 2015 (after my first year of high school) (i'll also note that at the time my weight was 98-96 pounds) Nothing was found out of the ordinary except for anemia which i still have. I'll be truthful in saying that I never took the anemia so seriously so i did not take iron pills on the daily. Needless to say, when i went back to the doc in 2016, my hemoglobin levels rose from 8.7 to 10.7 or so taking the pills on and off. But now they are back to an 8.9. I was referred to a gastro when I first went and the gastro sent me for an ultrasound in which nothing was found. I personally thought maybe my nausea was due to constant constipation I have struggled with since I was little so the gastro prescribed me Miralax (I took the generic one though). Once again, I took it and it worked for a while but my stomach started to hurt so I stopped taking it. I honestly preferred being constipated over having bad stomach pains. When we went back to the gastro for a check up, my mom told me that because I wasn't taking the medicine as I was told to that she didn't want to waste time continuing with the gastro for further treatment so I told the gastro that the Miralax worked and he sent me off. The Miralax did work for my constipation but my nausea wasn't really gone. At this point, I thought that maybe my nausea wasn't anything that bad since it wasn't as bad as it is now so I let it go. I began a new year of school and my nausea was on and off but I felt it was getting worse. By the end of my second year of high school, I was sick again and went to the doctor again. This time it was a new doc and they just prescribed me omeprazole and miralax again. I didn't take the omeprazole because I honestly fear taking new medicine. And i took the miralax only before i got my periods because I felt my constipation was worse at those times. Time passes, I still feel waves of nausea when eating sometimes but i manage to push through. My third year of high school ends and I still struggle and the waves have gotten more frequent. During these times, I tried to just ignore my feelings and see if it will suddenly get better (really stupid thinking I know now). My last year of high school begins, Nausea is still there but suddenly it has gotten completely worse. During winter break, the new year began and my nausea was unbearable. Even smells make me feel nauseous now. I can barely eat now. I started crying everyday and I didnt eat for a day or two. I thought it was constipation again so i took fiber gummies but even after pooping my nausea was there. Usually before I would feel slightly less nauseous when I pooped or let out gas but now it stayed the same. Eventually I felt so desperate so I was begging my parents to take me to the urgent care or the hospital because I couldn't take the feeling of being so sick and not knowing a cure. My parents made an appt for the pediatrician and I got blood tests taken and got prescribed omeprazole again and anti-nausea medicine and also told me to drink ensure. My blood tests came back showing I had anemia and elevated bilirubin (1.4), low alkaline phosphatase (44), and low carbon dioxide (15). I was referred to the nephrologist due to the results. I had another follow up appt like two weeks later (it was as an annual appt tho) and they took my blood tests again which came back with elevated bilirubin again (1.3) and low alkaline phosphatase again (40). This time I was referred to a gastro again. I did start taking the omeprazole and anti-nausea medicines this time. The omeprazole worked in calming my random acid reflux and constant burping but it made me very constipated and the fiber gummies werent working so I stopped taking it and continued the anti-nausea which barely works. I still feel nauseous taking it but I guess i know it stops vomiting and that reassures me somehow cause I am afraid to vomit. I only have one left though.
Now i am due for another appt later this month to check how i am doing. I can't say im doing particularly better. We made a gastro appt but its in march. I was also referred to a psychologist for anxiety. But I can't really say this nausea is purely only due to anxiety cause what causes me anxiety and stress is this sickness. I am also taking iron now but in liquid form as it is hard for me to pass pills. I honestly don't know what this could be. I feel so sad everyday because it is always there. I know i have to eat or else ill be malnutrition even worse. But it is such a task with this nausea. Over the years, I havent been able to enjoy any food I ate, I struggled a lot even swallowing sometimes. I would have to spit out my food on occasion because a really bad wave would just take over me.
I'm scared. I have so much to do now and this is just an obstacle in my life. I just want to feel better and live my life well.
If you read all of this, Thank you. If you have similar symptoms, I hope we can get a diagnosis and push through to get better and continue our lives properly.
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