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Unexplained constant nausea with tenderness below sternum

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  • Posted By: PianoMan99
  • June 22, 2007
  • 07:21 PM

Hi all. I have seen many doctors about my profile to no avail. All tests come back normal and no one has any idea what is wrong with me. I am a very healthy 24 year old white male.

For almost two years, I have been continually nauseous. Sometimes I am more nauseous than others, but I am always nauseous. Yes, it is as bad as it sounds. I never vomit nor have the urge to vomit. No, it is not GERD.

I could go on and on listing all the things that have been ruled out but figure that someone may have heard of this particular situation. I also have this tenderness/pain about an inch below my sternum. In other words, if I press in deeply below my sternum it hurts very much, almost like the nausea originates from that point. And yes, my abdominal CT and gallbladder ultrasound were both normal.

Although I have found no patterns in my diet, since I am nauseous all the time, I still am hoping/think this is a food intolerance that I have not yet figured out. And no, I am not gluten intolerant.

Any ideas would be much appreciated. Thanks.

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  • Could be chronic pancreatitis or gallstones.
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  • I am guessing all of the normal gallbladder and liver things have been ruled out. Only suggestion I have is inflammation of some sort?
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  • I had/have that exact same thing. I recently went to the doctor and was put on keflex 500mg for an ear infection and meclizine 25mg for the nausea. I was finally (after almost 4 months) relieved of the nausea, and the abdominal pain. I felt almost 100% better for about 1 1/2 days, now it comes and goes...we'll see. You should have your ears checked (like I did) and probably have them do an MRI or CT scan of your head (which is what I want.)
    emilymay8603 37 Replies Flag this Response
  • Dear Pianoman, the best advice I can give is to find a doctor who does NAET or Bioset therapy. Nausea is a symptom when many things do not "agree" with your body. Almost like an allergic reaction but instead of getting itchy, watery eyes, you are having nausea. Bioset works in a fashion that allows your body to accept and not "reject" certain things. Many people are "allergic" to many things. This seems to be quite prevelant and it seems to be manifesting differently in each person who experiences it.Try it, you will not be disaappointed.MC
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  • Thanks everyone for your replies. Yes, my guess is also that it is some sort of inflammation in the area right under my sternum. Underneath the skin, that would be the left lobe of the liver and then my stomach, and then just the tissue of the omentum. Since all my tests were normal, I am thinking it is some type of inflammation caused by a food intolerance.Thank you for the advice about nausea medication but I really want to figure out the cause. Also, I recently had my ears checked- which are also fine.
    PianoMan99 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • I have a thought. I believe that my problem may not be my stomach at all. In fact, it is likely I am irritating my liver. After some more research, I discovered fructose intolerance. Fructose is mainly digested by the liver and often causes problems. I do eat many fruits, whole grains, and vegetables, which are all either loaded with fructose or broken down into fructose. I am going to try a low fructose diet and see what happens. Anyone have any thoughts?
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  • Have you had a blood test to check for the H Pylori bacteria? It sounds like you are going through what I have. My test came back positive and they put me on an aggressive antibiotic treatment. Just a thought. Good luck, I know its horrible to feel that way.
    george69 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • I do have the same problem along with many other symptoms. Mine went undiagnosed for a few years and it is caused by vitamin D deficiency. All of my tests always came back normal as well, so I know how frustrating it is. I also can sympathize with the nausea. I have to take phenergan 3 times a day to control it and sometimes that does not even help. Living a healthy lifestyle does not mean you body will react the way you want it to. My vitamin D deficiency, which causes the nausea, pain and sometimes vomiting is caused by gastric bypass. However, anyone can have a vitamin deficiency if their body does not absorb vitamins.
    ChandraB 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • How did you find out it was from a vitamin D deficiency?
    emilymay8603 37 Replies Flag this Response
  • After having hundreds of tests, I had a doctor that did a complete blood count that included a vitamin D count. I never would have guessed that a vitamin D deficiency could be so damaging. It took about 3 years and I don't even know how many doctors to figure this out. Mine is caused by malabsorption from my gastric bypass. People who do not get enough sunlight without sunscreen or enough vitamin D from foods fortified with it can also have a deficiency.
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  • It could be due to stress. Or allergies-vertigo. I have the same problem right now with both. Eliminate stressors in your life or learn how to cope with them better. Change your diet to include more bland foods-rice, chicken, etc. Don't eat anything with acid. Acid Reflux perhaps? Drink only water for awhile. See if that works. What you are describing is coming from your stomach. I would try an endoscopy to be sure you don't have a hernia.
    musicchick581 4 Replies Flag this Response
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  • Heyy i am 15 years old and i have had constant nausea now for about 7-8 months and im am tierd of it,, i feel okayy sometimes but i don't know what to do,, i wanna end my life so i don't have to keep feeling this way,, i just wish it would go away,, any suggestions anyone? please i really need help,, im scared and don't know what to do!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 4, 2007
    • 02:34 PM
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  • What kind of work do you do? Did any one test you for toxins?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 6, 2007
    • 07:45 AM
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  • I agree with george, check for heliobacter.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • November 7, 2007
    • 01:04 PM
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  • What are your other symptoms? it could be anxiety which leads to depression in some cases. Try cod liver/fish oil. Capsules or liquid. Also I'd see a naturopath. What are your other symptoms? Have you been tested for toxins, wheat/glutin, dairy intolerences? Go through the usual tests. If you are having shaking, panic attacks, dizziness, indigestion, hot flashes, hives, increased heartbeat, congestion feeling in sinuses/head/ears, one or any of the above it could be anxiety related.
    musicchick581 4 Replies
    • November 11, 2007
    • 07:22 PM
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  • Get checked for Hepatitis. Not the STD kind. Also check for Pyloric spasms.
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  • Just wondering if you got any answers yet? Long term Nausea sufferer here, still no answers - hope for your sake that you found something out....
    Mazley 5 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi all... I feel the same way... with the pain below my sternum and constant nausea. I'm at the beginning of the search. I am due to have a upper abdominal scope this month and the Doctor has me on (Nexium) which is not helping. I had a CT scan 2 years ago, before I started having the stomach problems. What I'm wondering is if there is any reason to have an abdominal MRI done? I live in Canada and the medical system here is slow with waits beings over a year for some things and I have access to private MRI testing. Could this speed up diagnosis?
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  • I have the same exact constant nausea and tenderness below my sternum. After nearly a year of diagnostic testing my endocrinologist also found a vitamin d deficiency. I've only taken one of the pills she prescribed weekly for 8 weeks before starting just a regular daily regimen, but I already feel better. It's unbelievable. Hopefully it's something as simple as that.Best of luck.
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  • Hi PianoMan,Oh My God! I have been battling this nausea thing for 6 years. Now all of a sudden last week it took a turn for the worst. I have the same sternum pain too. Have had numerous tests and my gallbladder removed. Yesterday had an ultrasound and blood work done again. The nausea is so bad i can't function or go to work. I keep hearing its stress, yea ok. Now I'm on medication for nausea that they give chemo patients. They are trying to use another bandaide! I dont know what to do either. Very frustrating. Wish I had an answer, but I feel your pain:/Hi all. I have seen many doctors about my profile to no avail. All tests come back normal and no one has any idea what is wrong with me. I am a very healthy 24 year old white male.For almost two years, I have been continually nauseous. Sometimes I am more nauseous than others, but I am always nauseous. Yes, it is as bad as it sounds. I never vomit nor have the urge to vomit. No, it is not GERD. I could go on and on listing all the things that have been ruled out but figure that someone may have heard of this particular situation. I also have this tenderness/pain about an inch below my sternum. In other words, if I press in deeply below my sternum it hurts very much, almost like the nausea originates from that point. And yes, my abdominal CT and gallbladder ultrasound were both normal. Although I have found no patterns in my diet, since I am nauseous all the time, I still am hoping/think this is a food intolerance that I have not yet figured out. And no, I am not gluten intolerant.Any ideas would be much appreciated. Thanks.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
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    • 01:33 PM
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