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I constantly feel nauseated and bloated and feel sick when I get hungry, what could be wrong with me?

Asked by shrubbery (9833 points ) September 19th, 2009

It started about 2 months ago.
First off I felt constant nausea and I also felt bloated every time I ate and just not really hungry at all. I went to the doctor after three weeks of this and he prescribed somac, to reduce gas or something I can’t quite remember. I took this for five days with no improvements so I went back.

The doctor mentioned blood tests and having a look down my esophagus but he first wanted me to try and cut back on white bread and things like that. I was already on soy milk because I thought I’d started to feel sick after having hot drinks with milk in them and cereal with milk in the morning.

So after a while the constant nausea went away and I started getting hungry at the proper times again, but it was when I got hungry that I felt sick and nauseated again. So I was torn between being hungry and wanting to eat and feeling sick and not wanting to eat. Obviously I ate anyway but then after I’d eaten I’d still feel really bloated again.

So I went back to the doctor and had a blood test. I’m waiting on my results now but I was just wondering if anyone had experienced anything like this before and perhaps had any ideas of what could be up?

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wildflower's avatar

I’ve had very similar symptoms…...when I’ve been under a lot of stress – once to the point of being hospitalised after not being able to keep food down for 3 days.

You might want to look at what’s going on around you, what you’re pushing yourself to do, etc.
Of course, you’ve already done the right thing by getting a doctor to check you out and I’m sure you’ll get more clarity on what’s going on when you get the results.

shrubbery's avatar

@wildflower- you make a very good point actually. Sorry to hear about your episode. Some other stress related things I have like eczema have been coming up lately too. Unfortunately I can’t remove what’s causing the stress in my life right now though, final exams coming up in a few weeks :(

evegrimm's avatar

I’ve also had similar symptoms, though nowhere near as bad as what you’re saying. (I also thought it was a lactose-intolerance, but after cutting down on my milk (or possibly my stress), milk no longer bothers me.)

I think @wildflower has the right of it: stress can often cause horrible things. (My mom has problems with IBS that flare up very, very dramatically when she’s stressed out (mentally) or eats a lot of fiber (stresses out her “system”)).

One thing that I think helped me was sticking to a schedule for eating. Although I wouldn’t necessarily suggest eating if you aren’t hungry or feel nauseous, I sometimes feel nauseous and bloated after I’m past the “tipping point” between hunger and nausea. (i.e., I waited too long and now my tummy is annoyed at me.) So pay attention to what you’re body’s saying—are you hungry? If so, try to address it before it becomes an issue.

Perhaps it might be a good idea to carry around a snack of some sort? Yogurt is easy and the probiotics can (supposedly) help regulate your digestive system. Nuts are great (if you aren’t allergic) as they have lots of protein and fat (help keep you full). (There are lots of great, healthy snack ideas out there; try to pick one with fiber and fat to help keep you full for longer.)

Also, as a side note, I noticed that I tend to have issues (light-headed-ness, general icky feeling, etc.) when I don’t eat whole grains/complex carbohydrates. I have no ideas if this is an issue with you or not, but I thought I might mention it in case it helps. :)

Finally, find something that releases stress—for some, yoga and/or meditation is enough. For others (like me), an intense video game or one that you enjoy very much works better. It’s immersive and you get to “fight”, which de-stresses you (or it does me). If you run, running can release stress, as can an intense physical workout (kickboxing, flow yoga, martial arts, etc.). Sometimes, however, even a walk, by yourself or with a friend/pet, can really calm you down.

I’m really wordy, aren’t I? Well, anyway, I hope some of this is of use to you, and good luck.

hearkat's avatar

You can’t remove the stressors in life, but you can change your reaction to them. Do what you can to avoid being stressed, such as studying consistently over time so you don’t feel panicked when exams come up. If you still feel panicky despite being well-prepared, then you may have an anxiety disorder, and might want to consult the counselors and doctors at school for help.

Also, did they check you for hypoglycemia?

deni's avatar

Milk/eggs make me feel like this.

marinelife's avatar

Have you had occasion to use any antibiotics lately? Or do you eat a lot of sugar or junk, which could cause a candida overgrowth?

How are your friendly flora? You might try something like Activia (or a yogurt with live cultures) or go to a health food store and get a probiotic supplement.

If you determine it is just stress, do something to balance it if you can’t change it. Take an hour for a yoga class or meditation. Take a walk or do some physical exercise to help your body handle the stress better.

Good luck, shrub!

tinyfaery's avatar

Stress can trigger tons of digestive problems. Look into antacids and perhaps GERD. It’s not always heartburn. My GERD makes me nauseated if I don’t eat, if I eat certain foods, and if I eat too much. I take a daily prescription and most of my symptoms have subsided. When I get stressed my symptoms do get worse, but you can mentally learn to deal with it if you know where it is coming from. Also, you will learn that certain foods aggravate your tummy while others can actually help. Oatmeal is a good one for me.

marinelife's avatar

@shrubbery Let us know how you progress.

shrubbery's avatar

I got my blood test results and everything was exceptionally normal except for one thing I can’t quite remember the term for which was just over the higher end of normal which causes malabsorption so I’m going to make another appointment with the doc and see if that’s what it could be. Thanks for the help guys :)

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