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Long Term Nausea and Constipation

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  • Posted By: deadlysauce
  • April 8, 2007
  • 09:45 PM

Okay, a bit of a long story, but please read through and see if you can help me out. I'm an 18 (almost 19) year old female away at school.

Starting in elementary school, around 5th-6th grade, I started having a problem with constipation and gas. I would go up to a week without a bowel movement, then have a hardened bm, and then gas and diarrhea for a day or two. This happened for about a year.

In 7th grade, all of a sudden, I started getting acute eating-induced nausea. The nausea comes in waves, and is usually focused below my bottom-left rib (where my stomach is.) It's a strong but spreadout queasiness/uneasiness. I can feel it in my throat almost, but not in a regurgitation sort of sense, but almost as though my esophagus is trying to push up, not the food. So I was thinking I had GERD.

Now, I was still quite constipated during middle school and into 9th grade. I thought I was lactose intolerant, and I cut out ALL dairy in 6th-7th grade, then starting eating dairy while taking Lactaid pills. By 9th grade I was eating all dairy but ice cream again, and I saw less diarrhea, but was still constipated. Looking back, it may have been that I didn't drink enough water, but I don't think that was the sole cause.

Starting in 10th grade, I went strictly vegetarian, and cut out all beef, poultry, and seafood out of my diet. Magically, the gas and diarrhea disappeared completely. I've been constipated forever, having mostly type 1, some type 2, BMs on the Bristol Stool Scale. Now that I'm at college, with the crap dining hall food (there's laxatives in the soap they use to clean the dishes) I have a BM every day usually, sometimes every other day. It's closer to type 2 or 3 now, but still doesn't feel like I'm regular. The food here makes me bloated, so it's hard to tell whether it's the food or my body, but I know my GI tract is not normal.


Okay, testing/doctor-wise...I saw a gastroenterologist when I was in 9th grade, and after his physical exam, upper GI series (came back negative), and taking Aciphex and Librax with no real results (it didn't hurt though) he said I have IBS, but after cutting out meat and losing the upset lower GI symptoms, I doubt that's it. I also tried Zelnorm, smallest dose, but it gave me more diarrhea. I wanted to try Nexxium, but my insurance didn't cover it, so my parents didn't pay for it.

Now, I'm planning on seeing an allergist this summer if I can get a referral to try for a food sensitivites panel, but I don't know what food sensitivity would make me nauseous almost all the time (some foods don't, some do...see next paragraph) and perpetually constipated.

Foods I can eat with no nausea: apples, bananas, other non-citrus fruits, sugarless dry cereal, salad with non-acidic dressings, crackers, water, diet soda but not most crystal light flavors

Foods that trigger severe nausea: any overeating, CITRUS JUICES either plain or in other foods/drinks(but eating a tangerine doesn't bother me), a whole bagel or other large quantities of pure breads, chocolate candy bars (not pure milk chocolate though), all fruit DRINKS (not 100% apple juice, and only sometimes 100% grape or cranberry)

So I've linking drinks with high fructose corn syrup to nausea, but when I stopped drinking Capri Sun, regular soda, fruit drinks, etc. out, I'm still naseous.



So yeah, I'll stop now. If anyone knows what would cause such persistant nausea WITHOUT VOMITING (ever...) and possibly the constipation, without any other prominent symptoms, let me know. I am currently on no medication, but I do have General Anxiety Disorder with panic attacks, but often when I'm anxious I'm just not hungry, not nauseous.

HELP!

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  • Maybe it's SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth)...I believe it is common in people that have IBS...
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  • Hi- I am a 26 year old female and have had similar symptoms since I was your age. Some things that have given me relief: I stuck to the "Body Ecology Diet" for two years (from 23-25) and during that time felt the best I ever have. I had a hectic year, and wasn't able to focus on nutrition as much. Moved to a new place and just got takeout because I was too busy with work and traveling to eat right. I'm right now suffering the effects of that (upset stomach, gas- esp on waking up, and diarrhea/ constipation) Probiotics could help, but when I first took them, I had stomach discomfort because my stomach wasn't used to them. Start with yogurt and work your way up. Try eliminating milk products (besides yogurt- the culture in the yogurt makes it easier to digest) for a couple of weeks and see if that has any impact. If you need to, you can always see a gastro dr again, but it's so invasive (why not try nutritional alternatives or acupuncture at least for a month and see what happens)I totally feel your (stomach) pain, Good luck!C
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  • Hi, I am a 21 yr old male who has gone through many of the same unpleasant experiences you have mentioned. I have always been on the slim side due to my digestive system, weighing an average of 125lbs - 135lbs. I have seen many doctors, gone through what seems to be repetitive unending test, and to this day can pin point or fully correct what happens to me. Recently I changed my diet, I completely cut out any lactose products, no carbonated drinks, and nothing that comes in a wrapper. I started taking a daily vitamin, exercising regularly, hydrating my body (drink of choice water), and drinking a glass of Citrucel daily. After about 4 months of diet and exercise I have gained 12lbs. My flare ups have decreased dramatically, but still have not entirely gone away. When I feel nauseated I drink an additional glass of Citrucel which has been helping my nausea, don’t want to say this will work for sure, but I think at least knowing im not the only one out there is comforting, because my favorite question was "why me?"GL to both of you if something starts helping, please pass it along I would really appreciate it,
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 12, 2008
    • 09:08 AM
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  • Reply to Deadysauce and others w/ chronic bowel problems. My case is similar to all of yours in many ways. I have suffered from constipation from infancy. I had no GI testing back then, and would have a day of total ***l with cramps and no urge to move my bowels. I became a vegetarian at 12 until about 17, and at 19, I was at a GI's Drs. office crying in middle/lower abdominal pain and cramping. I'm not at all sure d/c'ing the meat helped, or maybe I was to busy to complain, but this has been a battle ever since. I too, had the full work-up from upper GI and endoscopy, but was all normal. I also had gallstones, so they removed it hoping it would alleviate the pressure and pain, but it did not and just left me with scars. I have since cut out dairy, which may have helped a little. I live on fiber, which also seems to do no good. I feel as if the end of my esophagus is narrowed??? Its associated w/severe constipation and boating, but I dont want to have to repeat the battery of tests after 10 yrs again although I may have to. I have been to a nutritionist and holistic doctor who practiced out of his basement and performed a colonic, which was grueling. He could not even get my bowels to move. The sad part is, my body must be used to constipation, in that, I can go two weeks without pain or discomfort sometimes. I am searching on the web now b/c it has been toooo long since I have went and I have tried every type of synthetic & natural laxative known to man, but nothing. I need help :) Thanks for letting me know I'm not alone in this real, yet embarrassing problem. Although, the older you get, the less embarrassed you become. It's all nature doing it's job, well in our case, nature taking some time off :) I wish you guys the best of luck and God Bless. If u have any input, please post it. TYVM
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 22, 2010
    • 04:58 AM
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  • I too have had some of these same problems for as long as I can remember. All through elementary, middle, high school and into my adult life I have struggled with constipation, nausea, bloating, regurgitation, etc. For me I went 3 months without a bm and we became really worried. My stomach was hard as a rock, and i was sooo sick. Dr. could do nothing, I have had every test possible, colonsocipy, endoscopy, pill tracking test, blood work, xrays, rectal...to no avail.. I have tried many different medicines, became a vegetarian and still very little relief. I was of course diagnosed with IBS, and interestingly enough my current DR said that the diagnosis of IBS is what is said if DR cannot figure out the real problem. SO after 7 yrs im going back to the GI for another set of tests to see if they can figure out the problem. Because this is absolutley terrible. I am a healthy, young adult, active, eat right, who knows...currently I am taking aciphex (which is ok, doesnt seem to be doing much) and amitiza (which is working some).. So any ideas as to what this is, I would love to hear. Reply to Deadysauce and others w/ chronic bowel problems. My case is similar to all of yours in many ways. I have suffered from constipation from infancy. I had no GI testing back then, and would have a day of total ***l with cramps and no urge to move my bowels. I became a vegetarian at 12 until about 17, and at 19, I was at a GI's Drs. office crying in middle/lower abdominal pain and cramping. I'm not at all sure d/c'ing the meat helped, or maybe I was to busy to complain, but this has been a battle ever since. I too, had the full work-up from upper GI and endoscopy, but was all normal. I also had gallstones, so they removed it hoping it would alleviate the pressure and pain, but it did not and just left me with scars. I have since cut out dairy, which may have helped a little. I live on fiber, which also seems to do no good. I feel as if the end of my esophagus is narrowed??? Its associated w/severe constipation and boating, but I dont want to have to repeat the battery of tests after 10 yrs again although I may have to. I have been to a nutritionist and holistic doctor who practiced out of his basement and performed a colonic, which was grueling. He could not even get my bowels to move. The sad part is, my body must be used to constipation, in that, I can go two weeks without pain or discomfort sometimes. I am searching on the web now b/c it has been toooo long since I have went and I have tried every type of synthetic & natural laxative known to man, but nothing. I need help :) Thanks for letting me know I'm not alone in this real, yet embarrassing problem. Although, the older you get, the less embarrassed you become. It's all nature doing it's job, well in our case, nature taking some time off :) I wish you guys the best of luck and God Bless. If u have any input, please post it. TYVM
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  • Have you had your THYROID checked? I have thyroid disease and two of my regular symptoms (when i miss my meds especially) are constipation and nausea.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 2, 2010
    • 04:57 PM
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  • I too have been having the same issue with constant nausea for 2 years and I don't know what the issue is. It is mostly meal induced. It made me wonder if I swallow incorrectly as the only relief I ever get is if I can make myself burp...gross I know, but I'll take what relief I can get. And like everyone else I have issues with constipation. Does anyone have any tips?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 3, 2010
    • 02:07 PM
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  • I too have been having the same issue with constant nausea for 2 years and I don't know what the issue is. It is mostly meal induced. It made me wonder if I swallow incorrectly as the only relief I ever get is if I can make myself burp...gross I know, but I'll take what relief I can get. And like everyone else I have issues with constipation. Does anyone have any tips? It could be a stomach ulcer
    gr8tful 175 Replies
    • November 7, 2010
    • 05:13 AM
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  • You should see your doctor for this one! However, there's a lot of home remedies that you can use to stop the pain brought by constipation/IBS. Shifting with diets is one them. You can try a fiber-rich diet from now on and see the results if its effective or not and maybe you could try other remedy!Constipation Center
    constipationXY 6 Replies
    • November 11, 2010
    • 11:53 PM
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  • Okay, a bit of a long story, but please read through and see if you can help me out. I'm an 18 (almost 19) year old female away at school. Starting in elementary school, around 5th-6th grade, I started having a problem with constipation and gas. I would go up to a week without a bowel movement, then have a hardened bm, and then gas and diarrhea for a day or two. This happened for about a year. In 7th grade, all of a sudden, I started getting acute eating-induced nausea. The nausea comes in waves, and is usually focused below my bottom-left rib (where my stomach is.) It's a strong but spreadout queasiness/uneasiness. I can feel it in my throat almost, but not in a regurgitation sort of sense, but almost as though my esophagus is trying to push up, not the food. So I was thinking I had GERD. Now, I was still quite constipated during middle school and into 9th grade. I thought I was lactose intolerant, and I cut out ALL dairy in 6th-7th grade, then starting eating dairy while taking Lactaid pills. By 9th grade I was eating all dairy but ice cream again, and I saw less diarrhea, but was still constipated. Looking back, it may have been that I didn't drink enough water, but I don't think that was the sole cause. Starting in 10th grade, I went strictly vegetarian, and cut out all beef, poultry, and seafood out of my diet. Magically, the gas and diarrhea disappeared completely. I've been constipated forever, having mostly type 1, some type 2, BMs on the Bristol Stool Scale. Now that I'm at college, with the crap dining hall food (there's laxatives in the soap they use to clean the dishes) I have a BM every day usually, sometimes every other day. It's closer to type 2 or 3 now, but still doesn't feel like I'm regular. The food here makes me bloated, so it's hard to tell whether it's the food or my body, but I know my GI tract is not normal. Okay, testing/doctor-wise...I saw a gastroenterologist when I was in 9th grade, and after his physical exam, upper GI series (came back negative), and taking Aciphex and Librax with no real results (it didn't hurt though) he said I have IBS, but after cutting out meat and losing the upset lower GI symptoms, I doubt that's it. I also tried Zelnorm, smallest dose, but it gave me more diarrhea. I wanted to try Nexxium, but my insurance didn't cover it, so my parents didn't pay for it. Now, I'm planning on seeing an allergist this summer if I can get a referral to try for a food sensitivites panel, but I don't know what food sensitivity would make me nauseous almost all the time (some foods don't, some do...see next paragraph) and perpetually constipated. Foods I can eat with no nausea: apples, bananas, other non-citrus fruits, sugarless dry cereal, salad with non-acidic dressings, crackers, water, diet soda but not most crystal light flavors Foods that trigger severe nausea: any overeating, CITRUS JUICES either plain or in other foods/drinks(but eating a tangerine doesn't bother me), a whole bagel or other large quantities of pure breads, chocolate candy bars (not pure milk chocolate though), all fruit DRINKS (not 100% apple juice, and only sometimes 100% grape or cranberry) So I've linking drinks with high fructose corn syrup to nausea, but when I stopped drinking Capri Sun, regular soda, fruit drinks, etc. out, I'm still naseous. So yeah, I'll stop now. If anyone knows what would cause such persistant nausea WITHOUT VOMITING (ever...) and possibly the constipation, without any other prominent symptoms, let me know. I am currently on no medication, but I do have General Anxiety Disorder with panic attacks, but often when I'm anxious I'm just not hungry, not nauseous. HELP!I have problems with constipation (although it's been since I was young), nausea, and an anxiety disorder (the exact same anxiety disorder, too). It could be IBS or something else (my mom and I diagnosed me with it, although sometimes I'm unsure), so I would recommend you to see your doctor.I didn't really do those things with my diet, as I would feel that way when I ate in the afternoon (it was always the afternoon).
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 2, 2010
    • 08:21 PM
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  • I had these symptoms for years until I gave up gluten and they disappeared. The nausea went away instantly and the constipation took some time I take iron supplements and these actually help. If I take wheat or gluten now by accident I feel sick. You should get tested for gluten intolerance but be aware there are a number of tests and you can be positive in one and negative in another yet still have gluten intolerance. Get tested but after that try giving up wheat for a few days. You'll know pretty quickly if thats the cause, but be aware gluten can be found in lots of foods not just cakes and biscuits, many additives contain it too.Good luck
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 14, 2010
    • 07:59 PM
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