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What do you do when you feel so sick you can't really concentrate let alone sleep?

Asked by shrubbery (9791 points ) May 25th, 2008

It’s 12:30am, I have to get up tomorrow today to babysit my cousins but my tummy really really hurts I feel really quite sick and I can hardly do anything. This happened to me the other night too and I couldn’t concentrate enough to finish off my big essay properly that was due the next day and it ended up being a really bad piece of writing but I had no choice but to hand it in like that. Any suggestions?

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richardhenry's avatar

Take some paracetomol, make yourself a hot chocolate and ride it out. A warm pack on your stomach might help. :)

richardhenry's avatar

If you can’t stomach the chocolate, drink plenty of water instead.

shrubbery's avatar

thanks richardhenry, since I got one of those spiffy new electric blankets, I forgot my old friend the waterbottle. Ima go get him now :)
I did have a cup of tea before and that made it worse so I’ll try some water. I probably should know that without asking but I’m not a big water drinker so it slips my mind.

shrubbery's avatar

that was supposed to be hot waterbottle. alright so I’ve had a pain relief tablet, glass of water, got my hot waterbottle and I’m gonna lie down and doze off. I should really stop watching Supernatural late and night though, sneaking through the house when it’s all dark I almost gave myself a heart attack :P
thankyou richardhenry, goodnight!

sndfreQ's avatar

See a doctor…sounds like the symptoms of an ulcer, which can be a serious condition if untreated.

shrubbery's avatar

How does one get an ulcer? How do you tell for sure?

shrubbery's avatar

(Without going to the doctor I mean, as I can’t go today)

sndfreQ's avatar

http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/understanding-ulcers-basic-information

http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/tc/peptic-ulcer-disease-topic-overview

Here’s a start. I’ve had them, so if you have any other questions, post them or feel free to PM me…they’re nothing nice.

shrubbery's avatar

Thanks for your help, I’ll stick with my hot water bottle for now, (thanks richardhenry) and I’ll talk to my mum when she gets up later this morning because she’s a nurse, and then see if I can get an appointment for tomorrow at the doctors. I mean I don’t smoke or drink or OD on painkillers, but my diet isn’t perfect so yeah we’ll see! thanks for your support and concern :)

marinelife's avatar

Next time your stomach is upset instead of black tea, try peppermint tea. It can relieve minor stomach upset.

I hope you feel better.

sndfreQ's avatar

Good luck shrubbery-I’m not a smoker or drinker either, fyi. You could also try antacids, which are over-the-counter.

The peppermint tea is also a good suggestion. If you’re diet doesn’t restrict dairy, warm milk is also a good remedy; or else, try flat Coca-Cola (I think some pharmacies even sell the Cola syrup); all of these are intended to coat the stomach and offset the effects acid reflux/over-production in the digestive tract.

gailcalled's avatar

And, fresh ginger tea. I buy ginger root, slice and freeze it. Then I can take a small quantity out and brew it.

marinelife's avatar

@gailcalled. Yes, yes, yes. I made some when I was recovering from my recent bout of BPPV and it really helped a lot without the brain numbing of Bonine. I like a mix of ginger and chamomile as well.

Seesul's avatar

It could also be acid reflux, so no matter what get it checked out. It’s not something you want to let go. I caught it early and take a simple med to help prevent it. It pops up when I am under a great deal of stress, so anything else you can do to manage the stress will help. Do you have an iPod? When I can’t sleep and need to get my mind off things, I download podcasts of Old Time Radio from iTunes or fun books or stories. There are tons of free ones available. I find I have to concentrate on the story or rewind, so that keeps my mind on one thing. I was finally able to listen to a full reading of Wind in the Willows after years of going on Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride at Disneyland and not having a clue as to what it was about. It was read absolutely fantastically and, all for free. All you need is the cheapest Nano made. The Shuffle doesn’t allow you to reset or choose.

FiRE_MaN's avatar

get around 10 oreos and a big behind glass of milk… then maybe txt someone to see if they are up too.

shrubbery's avatar

Thanks guys, I’m feeling a lot better this morning but I’ll still talk to mum about going to the doctor. I have been under a lot of stress the last couple of weeks so yeah, could be that. I tried peppermint tea the other day but it was from a coffee shop and they didn’t do a very good job so I didn’t finish it.
Wow I love Wind in the Willows! That’s a good idea, thanks :)
Wish me luck with my babysitting, urggg all day! Haha I’ll let you know how everything goes :)

Seesul's avatar

I found the podcast on iTunes doing a simple search for podcasts and you can load it directly from there, but it came from here:
http://librivox.org/the-wind-in-the-willows-by-kenneth-grahame-2/
Librivox has all sorts of books, read by wonderful people, all free. Great when you feel bad, but your eyes don’t feel like reading. Be sure to take a glance at their catalogue…and it is growing. Hope you’re feeling better.

richardhenry's avatar

Get hold of some Wuyi Ensemble tea. It’s very contenting, and being an oolong it’s neither too creamy nor caffeinated. You can order it from quite a few decent tea companies such as Adagio.

richardhenry's avatar

@shrubbery, re. water: I drink almost a two litre bottle of sparkling water every, and have done since I was about 15. I actually feel unwell if I stop doing it. Just drink plenty of water, especially if you’re ill, the stuff loves you. :)

See a doctor if it gets worse.

shrubbery's avatar

Hey guys, mum said no need to go to the doctor yet but she’ll keep an eye on it. I usually feel sick when I have my period, which I did last week, not this bad but it could just be the same thing only a little more severe. Next time it happens though, I’m gonna have some of that nice sounding tea, cuddle up to my waterbottle and listen to one of those podcasts.
(I got 50 bucks for babysitting today, and all I had to do was play guitar hero, boil a couple of eggs and supervise them at the pool :D)
(richardhenry, I have a friend just like you, she carries her drinkbottle everywhere and feels nakie without it :P I will try to start to drink more water because I seem to get sick quite a lot with various things, maybe that will help, but my immune system is pretty crappy to start with so there you go.)
thankyou so much to everyone, for your help and concern and well wishes, you guys are awesome (in the true sense of the word) :)

skfinkel's avatar

I think you might want to find out what’s the matter with you. Having serious stomach aches is not okay. It could be psychological or physical (lots of people have all their tension go to their guts) but in any case, figure it out. It’s your body, after all.

scamp's avatar

Next time you have your period, try putting an ice pack on you back in the thoracic area. (Ask your Mum where that is.) A chiropractor once told my daughter that was helpful for cramps, and it helped her quite a bit.

shrubbery's avatar

Thankyou scamp, I will definately try that

scamp's avatar

I hope it helps you as much as it helped her.

gailcalled's avatar

(definitely)

shrubbery's avatar

Ahhhh not again! I’ve been trying so hard! Damn.

gailcalled's avatar

@Shrub: think of “infinite” or “finite”; then simply add the prefix.

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