Chronic nausea

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romancandle
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   Posted 10/8/2007 7:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello, I'm new. This is the reason that pushed me to join the board. I was diagnosed with IBS associated with Fibromyalgia. Of course the Fibro I have learned to deal with over the course of years [I still haven't found proper treatment], but the IBS is entirely new to me.

I had what they thought was food poisoning in the last week of May this year. It lasted a week though, which was odd, and left me fatigued for another week and a half afterwards. But then I was fine until the 25th of June when it happened again. My symptoms in both cases were diarrhea, nausea, and very rarely vomitting.

I have never recovered from June 25th, and I was soon diagnosed with IBS. When my IBS started, I had the IBS-D with nausea. I no longer have the diarrhea problem [thanks to fiber] and haven't for two and a half months, but the nausea is still there [pretty strongly, might I add].

I'm not sure if I really want advice on what to do about this. I am on Compazine for my nausea. Everything else never worked or had the staying power that Compazine did. I heard it's supposed to tap into the anxiety receptors in your brain and calm them, reducing the nausea. Still, I do have nausea. I can't go above 20mg of Compazine a day, due to the possibility of developing Tardive Dyskenesia.

I've cut a bit out of my diet: "bad" fiber, caffeine/carbonated sodas, high fats, alcohol. I can't deal with alcohol anyway, period. Also, it doesn't matter what I eat, I feel sick, sometimes with vomitting, if it's really bad. A couple weeks ago actually, I couldn't hold food down for four days, even water sometimes.

But yeah, I guess I went on and on...

-Is this normal IBS behavior?
-Do/Should people with IBS have to take nausea medication regularly?
-Is there any other dietary changes I should make?

I wanted to add, there's a lot of safer, natural methods I tried to deal with this, but it just helped my nausea slightly enough to get through an hour [this was before I had the Compazine].

I also have a HUGE off-this-topic question that would mean a lot to me to be answered...

How do you deal with the bloating associated with IBS? I was just put on Lithium, so I can't take any kind of diuretic. Any thoughts?

swtpeach
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   Posted 10/8/2007 10:23 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Romancandle~

I am not sure I can be of much help, but I do share your pain. I have dealth with nausea since I was a kid. It comes and goes. Lately it has been bad.  On occasion I have an "attack" where I feel extremely nauseous and have D. Sometimes it will go away pretty quickly, other times I will stay sick to my stomach for days.

I have yet to find out if nausea is a "symptom" of IBS. Actually I hear conflicting opinions. My gastro says yes, while many others look at me like I am crazy.

I have found nothing that helps me. My gastro put my on zoloft and all it has done is level out my anxiety a bit (which really is a good thing, but it is the nausea I want gone). I see my gastro at the end of the month and I am very close to begging for a new stomach =)

I hope you find some answers. Good luck.


romancandle
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   Posted 10/8/2007 10:45 AM (GMT -7)   
I heard the same thing about the nausea sometimes not being recognized as an IBS symptom, which is why it has been hard to find information on the subject. It seems to be the only reason they diagnosed me with IBS, except for the diarrhea [which wasn't that bad to be honest].

I've still always wondered if it could be something else, considering my doctor's acknowledge my nausea, but they don't understand why it's still happening every day. My medications keep me fairly relaxed and in a good mood, except when I am feeling the nausea horribly. Good mood gone, of course :P So I'll definitely be scrambling around for more. Thanks for your information :3
Dx'ed: Fibromyalgia, IBS, Bipolar NOS, and PTSD.
Taking: Compazine, Lamictal, Lithium, Neurontin, Trazodone.


Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 10/8/2007 1:04 PM (GMT -7)   
The only thing that got me thru months of nausea were Ginger capsules. Finally I started the Probiotics and got my stomach back in balance so no longer have the nausea but it does work well and has no side effects like regular meds. Are you sure some of your other meds are not adding to it?

romancandle
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   Posted 10/8/2007 1:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I did the ginger with slight effect for an hour. I eat yogurt with probiotics daily when I can keep food though. Well, the only med I know that does make it worse is my Lithium, it's a common side effect. But I have only been on Lithium for a couple weeks and I found if I take my Compazine, and then drink some milk after the Compazine kicks in, I have no trouble. It's also the type of Lithium I take that could probably be changed.

The rest of the meds I haven't been on long enough either, just a little longer than the Lithium.

I'm sticking to the probiotic yogurt though. I just don't know when I should start feeling the effects.
Dx'ed: Fibromyalgia, IBS, Bipolar NOS, and PTSD.
Taking: Compazine, Lamictal, Lithium, Neurontin, Trazodone.


Keriamon
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   Posted 10/8/2007 1:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Fibro often causes intestinal problems. So this may be you having a Fibro flare, just in your guts instead of in your muscles.

I can't recommend much, but I know one of my mother's doctors (she also has Fibro) told her to stick to organic food as much as possible. There's something either in a preservative or pesticide or chemical food coloring that seems to make a lot of people's Fibro worse. Hers has gotten some better since she made the switch.

romancandle
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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 10/8/2007 3:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I always wondered if it could have been the Fibro. I feel awkward about my IBS diagnosis, because I experienced nausea being the core symptom bringing me to the GI doctor. Not to mention, my GI doctor wasn't very concerned about my other symptoms I had [which was undiagnosed Fibromyalgia that had worsened] and ignored them to the end. I don't know which made me more suspicious...the incompetence of my GI doctor or the incompetence of the diagnosis.

Thanks for the information on eating organic. I'll try to do that when I can eat and see if it helps out. I've been eating okay, and sometimes I do for a week [with slight nausea], but it's an on and off switch. But I'd be up for trying that.
Dx'ed: Fibromyalgia, IBS, Bipolar NOS, and PTSD.
Taking: Compazine, Lamictal, Lithium, Neurontin, Trazodone.


swtpeach
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Date Joined Sep 2007
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   Posted 10/8/2007 3:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Canyonbabe~
Is there a specfic probiotic that you can recommend? I am willing to try anything at this point!

romancandle
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Date Joined Oct 2007
Total Posts : 17
   Posted 10/8/2007 7:19 PM (GMT -7)   
swtpeach:

I know you asked canyonbabe, but I heard this was pretty good...Dr Ohhira OMX 12 plus Probiotic Formula. The lady at the health food store raved about it. I'm thinking of going back and getting some, but it's kinda expensive, which is why I didn't buy it the first time. But echoing your statement, I'm willing to try anything :P
Dx'ed: Fibromyalgia, IBS, Bipolar NOS, and PTSD.
Taking: Compazine, Lamictal, Lithium, Neurontin, Trazodone.


Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 10/8/2007 7:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I think everyone has a different one they like. I used one from Trader Joe's which was very inexpensive. There are so many. I think there is one called Flora Q that some people use. I am not an expert on them. Some say only use the refridgerated ones and others say it doesn't matter. I think mine was $7.99 but I have also used Digestive Advantage IBS with good results. My cousin swear by PB8 or something like that. Even now I still use it on occassion when my stomach feels off a little and I swear it helps me disgest things easier the very day I take it.
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