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exercise induced vomiting

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  • Posted By: wealreadygot1
  • March 1, 2009
  • 03:09 PM

My teenage son has been vomiting now for about 6 months to a year. It is usually during PE at school. With extreme exertion he always vomits. We've been to his doctor several times. They always say he has an acidy stomach and prescribed Prilosec. Well he still vomits while taking this medication, so either its not working or he has something else wrong. He is very tall, almost 6ft and weighs only 124lbs. Yet he eats alot. He has lost 2 lbs recently and I just dont think he can afford to lose more. Does anyone have any clue as to what could be causing this. And by the way, its not intentional. He dosnt like to or force himself to throw up. Please give me some ideas so I can help my son to feel better and be healthy.

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  • Exercise-induced vomiting can occur from any of the following:hypoglcemia,overexertion,dehydration,or motion sickness due to abdominal exercises.Hope this helps.
    richard wayne2b 1,232 Replies Flag this Response
  • Any athlete can tell you that this has happened to them before, during extreme physical efforts. If this is a regular occurrence and the doctors have not come up with any other health issues, perhaps he is not hydrating properly before,during and after exercise. I would suggest that he wear a sports heart rate monitor. This will provide a visual indication of his true effort during exercise. With that information you will be better able to determine precisely how hard his "engine" is working, and whether is could be a more serious medical issue or not. :)
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  • I have had these symptoms myself for 3 yrs. I do not have to exercise until exhaustion - I can just walk up a flight of stairs, carrying something about 20 lbs... Then I get chest pain... almost like pressure pushing out. If I stop before it goes too far.. it will calm down. IF I take a few steps too far - there is no turning back - I vomit. This happens on an empty stomach or a full stomach. I have been to 3 Boston cardiac doctors and have been recently visiting GI doctors. The problem appears to be they do not have an equipment to test while you are moving... I too was put on Prilosec and it does not help at all. If your son has these symptoms - pls let me know.Thanks,HACAR
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  • Hello, I too vomit with exertion... They also put me on Prilosec and it is not helping. For approximately 3 yrs now, if I climb a flight of stairs carrying about 20 lbs, walk for 5 mins at a steady clip, I will start with chest pains and vomit. IF I stop before the chest pains get too intense, it will calm down.I have visited 3 Boston cardiac doctors to no avail. I have been seeing GI doctors and still no diagnosis. It seems they have no equipment to test with while you are moving. The old treadmill test does not show them what is happening inside. I am curious if you son has chest pains prior to vomiting. If his exercise has to be intense to bring on the vomiting. Many Thanks!Hacar
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  • I have the same problem with my 12 year old son. He has played sports his whole life and in the last 1 1/2 has had vomiting after exercise. Most of the time it does not stop until he falls asleep and even then some times that is the first thing he will do when he wakes up. He will stay like that for days or even weeks sometimes. I have had him in for every test imaginable. He has tried several acid reflux medications and nothing helps.
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  • My teenage son has been vomiting now for about 6 months to a year. It is usually during PE at school. With extreme exertion he always vomits. We've been to his doctor several times. They always say he has an acidy stomach and prescribed Prilosec. Well he still vomits while taking this medication, so either its not working or he has something else wrong. He is very tall, almost 6ft and weighs only 124lbs. Yet he eats alot. He has lost 2 lbs recently and I just dont think he can afford to lose more. Does anyone have any clue as to what could be causing this. And by the way, its not intentional. He dosnt like to or force himself to throw up. Please give me some ideas so I can help my son to feel better and be healthy.My son also vomits after exertion. It started when he was 12 and he is now 17. He has always been an athlete and has had to give up everything aerobic. He now gets sick even after anaerobic exercise. It used to only happen when he really exerted himself but it has gotten worse. Usually it involves overheating but not always. He can't even participate in a normal PE class. It usually lasts for hours, vomiting about every 20 min. until he falls asleep. He can usually feel it coming on and can stop it if he stops exerting himself. He was tested for acid reflux in a 24 hour test and didn't have any abnormal episodes of reflux but he also wasn't exercising. He was given Prilosec any way but it hasn't helped. He also has exercise induced asthma. At one point we thought he had abdominal migraines or cyclic vomiting syndrome. Whatever it is, it is ruining his life. We live a very active lifestyle and he has had to give up almost everything.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 13, 2009
    • 03:45 AM
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  • have them tested for H. Pylori
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  • I have similar symptoms but I also vomit when I over eat or drink a lot of fluid.I can't drink water before and/or after I exercise.Maybe this unrelated but I can't wear inside the ear ipod earbuds because they trigger dry heaves and cause me to vomit.Before I started exercising I listened to music for hours with earbuds on.
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  • Extreme exertion can trigger an anaphylactic reaction in people with food allergies. What starts as upset stomach and vomiting can become life threatening. Sodium bicarbonate or Pepcid AC taken in advance of the exercise may stop the reaction, though you should discuss this with an allergist first.
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  • I have had similar symptoms for quite some time (ever since puberty). I am ok with short spurt exercise sports like soccer (defense and a sub) and ultimate frisbee, but make me jog for 4 miles or so, Ill puke no matter whats in my stomach. Pure acid will come out if empty and it burns, but after that, I'll just be tired as heck.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 22, 2010
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  • Hello, I too vomit with exertion... They also put me on Prilosec and it is not helping. For approximately 3 yrs now, if I climb a flight of stairs carrying about 20 lbs, walk for 5 mins at a steady clip, I will start with chest pains and vomit. IF I stop before the chest pains get too intense, it will calm down.I have visited 3 Boston cardiac doctors to no avail. I have been seeing GI doctors and still no diagnosis. It seems they have no equipment to test with while you are moving. The old treadmill test does not show them what is happening inside. I am curious if you son has chest pains prior to vomiting. If his exercise has to be intense to bring on the vomiting. Many Thanks!HacarDid you ever find out the answer? I have similar problems as well...can't walk up stairs without heart rate jumping to 160+...had an episode of back to back seizures that started last summer from excercising with lasting damage. Just now getting strength back...
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 6, 2011
    • 02:44 PM
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  • I would have him tested for Celiac disease (gluten allergy). I had something very similar. At first they said it was irritable bowel syndrome and that I wasn't properly hydrating. I would get horrible cramps while running. This turned into nauseau after exercising, which eventually turned into vomitting after exercising. I was eventually vomitting blood (black coffee ground), which prompted a trip to the emergency room. They thought I had a bleeding ulcer, but after an endoscopy and biopsy, they determined that it was Celiac. It took about two years to diagnose, but when properly diagnosed and on a gluten-free diet, I am feeling 100% better.
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  • One of my family members has similar symptoms. They did an MRI and found she has a unique configuration of blood vessels in her brain. When she exerts herself and her blood pressure rises, it increases the pressure of the vessels in her brain and triggers a migraine-response with vomiting. Often the vomiting goes on for several hours, up to a day. It's congenital and there really isn't any treatment besides making sure she doesn't exert herself too hard. I'm sure that isn't what's going on with everyone, but it's a thought if other theories aren't panning out.
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