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Nausea

I have had regular bouts of nausea for the last several months that ranges from mild to feeling like I was going to throw up ( though I never do). My question is what could be causing this, and how can I get rid of it. I have had an upper GI, ultrasound, numerous blood test, stool tests and tests for H.Pylori and everything is normal. I am a very anxious person which I take celexa for so some of my nausea might be stress related. Are there any other tests I should look for? My doctor seems to think this is just dyspepsia, possibly gastritis. Can either of these cause nausea and if so can taking prilosec help?

Thank you,
Jennifer
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Did your nausea start before or after you started taking celexa? My psychiatrist had me on celexa and I had severe stomache problems with it. Pain, burning in my stomache, bloating, my bowels quit working and I had to take 3 enemas at once after not having a BM in 10 days. My stomache was so distened and painful I could hardly move. When I stopped the celexa I felt much better.
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HI... I can't take celexa either.  Gave me hives and a REALLY bad headache.  I use xanax when I get really anxious.  But that too gives me a few problems too.  I have an anxiety disorder and sometimes the meds they offer are more of a mess than the problem itself!  
I hope you feel better soon.
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Thanks for your input... I don't think its the Celexa because these problems started before I started taking it... I think it might be related to 1 of 2 things: lactose intolerance ( though I'm not sure if that can cause nausea) and the nausea always seems to be at its worst right before and during my period so I"m wondering if this is hormonal.

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I can sympathise with you as I have had constant nausea since May last year.  I had my gallbladder removed in December and the surgeon said this would not guarantee getting rid of the nausea but I went ahead anyway as I felt so sick.  Unfortunately he was right and the nausea didn't go.  He said that my gallbladder wasn't producing enough super concentrated bile to break down my food and that my liver would gradually take over but so far it hasn't.  I think you may have the same problem, perhaps you are not producing enough bile to break down your food, especially fats.  I get really bad (though never sick) whenever I eat anything with fat in it although i still have the nausea all the time but in varying degrees as to what I eat.  Try avoiding fat for a while and see what happens.  

Hope you feel better soon.
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Hi Jan:

I really thought it was my gallbladder too until I had an unltrasound that came back normal.. That is what is so frustrating is that noone seems to know why I feel so nauseous...

Thanks for your input,
Jen

Maybe my gallbladder is in the process of going bad and that's causing the nausea. Do you think that can happen??
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It may be.  When I had my gallbladder scanned last year the gastroenterologist said that my gallbladder wasn't inflamed but there was a small gallstone in there.  Because he couldn't find anything else wrong with me he said it must be my gallbladder.  I waited 13 weeks to see if my symptoms went on their own.  But in the end I decided to have it removed.  When they removed it they said it WAS inflamed.  I don't know why this didn't show up on the scan.  But obviously my problem isn't solely to do with my gallbladder as I didn't have excruciating pain as most people do with a bad gallbladder.  I have two appointments tomorrow, one with the surgeon that did the op and the other with the gastroenterologist.  I am going to ask them to do more tests as I feel so sick all the time it is ruining my life.  I am sure you can understand what I mean.  I saw a homeopath last year and he helped by giving me some herbal remedies.  I spoke to him on the telephone last week and he suggested I start taking Soya Lecithin for a few weeks (this breaks down the fat).  This may help you, its worth a try anyway. I feel very depressed at the moment as I am getting nowhere fast but if they tell me anything tomorrow that might help you I will let you know.
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I have had similar problems for a number of years. I had my gallbladder out in 95, which helped some, but I have very similar symptoms now. I just recently switched doctors, as I have been on anti ulcer meds for over 8 years, yet the problems persist, and in fact seem worse. My new doctor sent me for a "gastric emptying test". You have something to eat after fasting overnight, and they use a small amount of I think radioactive isotope. You then lay on a table while they take pictures of your stomach over the next 90 minutes. This is not like an MRI tube, it doesn't go over your face, just over your torso. Test didn't bother me a bit. My doctor just told me that the test result indicates that I have a motility disorder, in other words, the stomach is not digesting the food at a normal rate. Therefore, it just sits in your stomach for a longer period of time, thus the feeling of nausea, bloating, etc. Very miserable sometimes. Heavy meals, fatty foods, etc, make it worse, as does eating close to bedtime. She prescribed Reglan, which is supposed to stimulate the stomach to digest the food. Haven't taken it yet, as this is a new diagnosis. Still, it was encouraging to have a reason why, and hopefully give me more tools to manage the problem. Very frustrating, very worrisome, very depressing to feel lousy all the time. Ask your doctor to give you this test. It is non invasive, and apparently a rather common problem, just not properly diagnosed. The condition is called "gastoparesis" if you want to look up more information. Good luck.
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HAS ANYONE EVER SUGGESTED THAT YOU HAVE GERD? I HAVE REFLUX AND AM VERY NAUSEAUS IF I EAT OR IF I DON'T. SOMETIMES THE NAUSEA IS WORSE AFTER OFFENSIVE FOODS LIKE FATTY MEALS, COFFEE ETC. IF IT IS A GALLBLADDER PROBLEM, SOMETIMES IT IS VERY HARD TO DETECT. AN ULTRASOUND WILL ONLY SHOW STONES. IT DOESN'T GIVE ANY INFO. ABOUT THE FUNCTIONING OF THE GALLBLADDER.I AM CURRENTLY WAITING FOR THE RESULTS OF A PH/MOTILITY PROBE FOR REFLUX. IF THIS IS NEG., I GUESS I WILL HAVE TO PURSUE GALLBLADDER PROBLEMS AGAIN. IT HAS GOT TO BE SOMETHING....IT IS NOT IN MY HEAD AND I HAVE BEEN SUFFERING WITH NAUSEA AND VOMITING FOR 5 YEARS! THESE G.I.PROBLEMS ARE VERY VERY DISCOURAGING. HANG IN THERE, I FEEL FOR YOU.
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Went to see specialists as I said and they both said that there is definitely nothing sinister wrong with me but anxiety could be playing a part in me feeling so nauseous all the time.  Apparently it could still right itself with time as my body adjusts to having my gallbladder removed.  My GP has given me haloparidol which has really helped.  You could ask for this
from your GP.

Hope this helps.  But like I said avoid all fatty foods.

JanH
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