Unexplained Nausea in 20 year old, what do I do?

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Hi all,

I am 20 years old and have been dealing with nausea since I was 18. It started one day after going to the gym, and has never been the same since. Before the nausea I was a fit person. I was able to work out hard and eat like a growing young man should. Now, I'm at a point where I can hardly break a sweat or eat a meal without nausea. I've seen one gastroenterologist several times, and am currently taking Reglan (10mg) and Pantaprozole (40mg). I have had one endoscopy, and the dye test to see how fast the stomach empties. Those procedures showed that my stomach empties out slightly slower than average, and as a result, my doctor put me on even stronger Reglan. Every time I have had an appointment with her, she has told me that my nausea is a result of stress/anxiety. While I am a generally anxious person, I know there is a difference between my nausea and anxiety. Next week I am seeing a new doctor, hoping that a fresh set of eyes can identify my problem.

ANY help/advice is appreciated. It is very frustrating to have these problems at such a young age, while most of my peers do not have to worry about every meal as I do.

Thank you,


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  • Posted

    Hey Jared!

    I was exactly the same, going to the gym before I got sick regularly and really fit but since I started feeling nauseous 4-5 months ago I haven’t been as consistent because I can’t, I feel sick and have no energy and as a result have put on a few kgs. I haven’t been to a gastroenterologist yet but have had blood tests, stool tests, helicobacter pylori test done, x days and ultrasounds and everything is fine! It is quite frustrating and I want an answer because I can’t continue on like this. 


  • Posted

    Have you been tested for H pyroli and parasites? I would recommend testing for those if possible. Maybe getting a colonoscopy too, some bowel disorders can cause nausea. My boyfriend's IBS used to make him super nauseous. 

    • Posted

      No I have not been tested for those. However, I don't have issues with my stool. I will bring this up with my new doctor. Thank you!

  • Posted

    Hi me too facing the same problem since April ,., nausea while eating and after eating I lossed weight and appetite my endoscopy showed antral gastritis.,., what did your report show
    • Posted

      My report was inconclusive, the doctor said nothing was abnormal.
    • Posted

      Because nausea can be due to various underlying causes .,., its important to root it out to get the right diagnosis.,.  Sometimes intestinal ulcers can be the culprit ,., how are your bowel movements have you ever noticed it
  • Posted

    If your stomach is emptying slower than it should, this suggests gastroparesis which can cause nausea.  The stomach emptying test you had, is used to diagnose this condition. Reglan is used to treat it.  Was gastroparesis mentioned when you gad your stomach emptying test? 
    • Posted

      Yes, that is what I was diagnosed with. Taking Reglan has helped somewhat but not fixed everything.
    • Posted

      Maybe you need to see your doctor again to get further advice  and perhaps a more effective treatment.
  • Posted

    Hi, its not unusual to suffer in this way if you are anxious; i suffer from depression, stress and anxiety and sometimes it does have an effect on my stomach; just not as often these days. I have been in counselling for a while now and among the issues i had was feeling sick, but for me it was like a foreboding of something to happen, i'd then start to overthink it and end up being sick, at both ends!

    I say it could be an idea to ask for counselling that is CBT oriented, It may not cure it but it could help you develop coping strategies to help you deal with it in future. Its worth a try; i dont let things worry me anywhere near as bad now, i have developed a way to look at it differently and this helps me to relax when i start to get the symptoms.

    Other than that i say keep going with the doctor and ask to be referred to a specialist at the hospital, dont be scared to ask people questions, and dont be scared of seeking other answers. Your priority is YOU so you should do what you think that helps you, even if its a second opinion. The secret is in finding a specialist to help you and learning to trust his judgement; he wouldnt be a doctor if he didnt know what he was talking about. If you have to; try noting down your symptoms and take the note with you to appointments; i lose count on the number of times i went to a doctor and forget to say about something, so putting it in black and white is a good idea.

    Sorry i cant help more, but i hope you get this sorted soon, regards, markh75

  • Posted

    Hi jared1234

    Working out hard can put a strain on yr adrenals and in turn the adrenals release high levels of cortisol which can cause gastro and digestion problems...

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