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Can't quite figure out what my father has

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 6, 2009
  • 08:58 PM

My father this morning around 5am began vomiting. He was in the bathroom on his knees for a whole hour, vomiting. At first, he vomited food, but now all it is is phlegm. He says he only has to move a little bit and then he is suddenly very dizzy and nauseated, and he has no sense of balance and has to crawl to the bathroom to vomit more.

I was thinking of a few possibilities. My mom told me to look up symptoms of Swine flu and West Nile. I also found a disease I'd never heard of before, BPPV. That basically seems to describe what he is experiencing. But I am not completely positive. I don't think he had a head trauma, and he is 62 years old. Should he go to the doctor? I'm not sure if we can bring him to a doctor because he doesn't have health insurance. I want to figure this out and make sure it is nothing contagious and see what we can do to help him.

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  • My father this morning around 5am began vomiting. He was in the bathroom on his knees for a whole hour, vomiting. At first, he vomited food, but now all it is is phlegm. He says he only has to move a little bit and then he is suddenly very dizzy and nauseated, and he has no sense of balance and has to crawl to the bathroom to vomit more. I was thinking of a few possibilities. My mom told me to look up symptoms of Swine flu and West Nile. I also found a disease I'd never heard of before, BPPV. That basically seems to describe what he is experiencing. But I am not completely positive. I don't think he had a head trauma, and he is 62 years old. Should he go to the doctor? I'm not sure if we can bring him to a doctor because he doesn't have health insurance. I want to figure this out and make sure it is nothing contagious and see what we can do to help him.Hi Unregistered,Don't freak...lots of people vomit when something doesn't "agree with them".Some questions:• How many days and times has your Dad been vomiting?• Any other symptoms...diarrhea, acute belly pain, fever?• Dose Dad have any history of gastric problems?If your Dad...who is a relatively young guy...has vomited only a few times...and has no history and hasn't exhibited any of the other above symptoms...I'd say he likely has some form of mild gastroenteritis. Probably is self-limiting and likely won't require treatment other than clear liquids to ensure adequate hydration.Best,John<
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