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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.


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