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Constant Nausea, Lightheadedness - March 14th 2009, 03:04 AM

For the past year, year and 1/2, I've been having constant feelings of Nausea, lightheadedness, and generally just feeling 'off'. In late March - early April, I began seeing a gastrointerologist, who suggested I get an endoscopy (the test where they stick a camera down your throat) done. The test basically just showed that I had acid reflux that caused a little bit of inflammation on my esophogus. I've taken a variety of medications for acid reflux (Prevacid, Omeprazole, Protonix, etc.). They worked for awhile, but the constant feeling like I'm going to throw up came back.

I can't seem to shake the feeling no matter what I do. I've tried ginger ale, peppermint, a diet that consisted of crackers and sprite - nothing works. I'm going to see about going back to the GI doctor, but until then, I'm going to have to try to deal with this.

Has anybody else had any of these symptoms? If so, what have you done to help with them?
   
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Re: Constant Nausea, Lightheadedness - March 14th 2009, 04:10 AM

Make sure you have a balanced diet, and that you are getting all the vitamins you need. When I first got diagnosed with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) I dealt with a lot of feelings of nausea, and that mixed with my IBS made me avoid most foods and I essentially did what you did, tried everything, and lived off of very little. Once I realized that was doing nothing for me I started making sure I was getting a multivitamin and eating right, and though it didn't help a lot, it made a slight difference, essentially it wasn't as bad. I also used to take pepto bismol or gravol whenever the nausea got too bad.
I think at this point though it's best to try and see your GI again, there has to be something they can do to suppress this.


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Re: Constant Nausea, Lightheadedness - March 14th 2009, 06:20 AM

When I had my ulcer warm liquids always helped me (tea, soup, etc.) I now suffer from acid reflux and for some reason zantex works better than prevacid for me. I also take tums, pepto bismol, and milk of magnesium frequently. Bland foods like bananas, bread, rice, apple sauce, oatmeal, crackers, and steering clear of carbonated beverages helped some. I hope you find some relief.



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Re: Constant Nausea, Lightheadedness - March 14th 2009, 07:03 AM

Yes, get back to your doc.

Something to think about - Do you get anxious at all? Anxiety can cause/make worse that kind of symptoms.

You've tried ginger ale. But ginger capsules are 'stronger' and they do help - I find them really helpful after I've had an episode of vomiting due to whatever cause.
   
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Re: Constant Nausea, Lightheadedness - March 14th 2009, 08:03 PM

Have you considered the possibility of anemia? If you diet isn't well, or many other causes, you could possibly be anemic, which basically is just a low blood sugar level. This can certainly cause the light-headedness and nausea you described. I had the same sort of feelings for about a month (dec-jan) and I reckoned it to be a drop in blood sugar due to poor diet. Just make sure to eat balanced meals, and if that's not possible for you just pick up some supplements at a local pharmacy (that's what I do). BUT, this is just a possible cause and you should visit a doctor to get diagnosed if it persists.


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