Chronic Nausea, MS related ???

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   Posted 10/4/2006 9:13 AM (GMT -6)   
This my first post and I'd like to  bow to you all for the courage you show.  I'm posting for my wife, who is too ill and depressed to even ask questions or sit at the keyboard.  I've been doing as much research, from every source, as possible.  This site is the most uplifting and informative, I've found.  Thank you all, ahead of time.  Judy was diagnosed with MS in 1982 but has had little problems until lately.  She's lost 40lbs. in the past yr.  For the last 5 or6 wks. we've battled "dibilitating" cronic nausea.  Had all the proper tests including endoscopy, which came back "OK".
  She takes 25mg Phenegren every 4hrs. until the nausea gets so bad we must go to the ER to get a shot of Phenegren, which seems to make it subside, for awhile.  Next day it starts all over again.  No one seems to have a "Fix it" answer.
   Along with the Phenegren, she takes a number of Natural supplements for the GI tract, that seem to help, sort of.  We haven't found a DR. that takes this all very seriously.  We seem to be in it "All alone".  And so, here I am, searching.  jm

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   Posted 10/4/2006 11:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Only time I experience nausea (I've had MS since 1983) is when I am also dealing with constipation, or haven't had a bowel movement in more than 2 days. I haven't heard of someone with MS who has chronic nausea.

Have you told the doctor about the natural supplements she's taking? Just because something is "natural" doesn't mean it's safe. There could be some adverse interaction going on there, among them, or among them in combination with the Phenegren.
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....

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   Posted 10/4/2006 1:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello JM and welcome!
You have hit the nail on the head.....I too, have chronic nausea.  It is horrible right now and all the docs want to say is "well, it's probably from your ms"!  I take zofran 3x day and phenergan when the zofran doesn't help.  My Gi doc thinks it goes with my chronic constipation but I'm not convinced of that.
I just returned from seeing my internest for this same reason.  He is sending me for a "gastric emptying" study.  He said MS can slow your digestive track down.  I have to eat something with the radioactive stuff in it then they will scan me, it takes about 4 hours.
I agree with uppity about the natural supplements, some of them are not good!  Also, poeple with mS should not take immune buliding supplements at all.
Take care and keep us posted.
Michelle ><>
Don't be so busy doing good
that you neglect to do what's right!

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   Posted 10/4/2006 4:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello from me and welcome to the best forum on ms! I too get bouts of nausea which sometimes put me to bed. Happened yesterday, boy I felt terrible! I also take phenergan which seems to help. Ask your doc about an anti-nausea tablet that has been used to treat this. I have read about it on an ms site in Australia I did a quick search for you. Don't remember where I read it now (darn memory!!) but I have found this article for you. If I find it later on I will post in here for you. Anyway have a read.........

It is not that uncommon to have some mild nausea, I think it can be either constipation related or gait related (dizzyness) but your wife seems to be really suffering, that is just terrible for her. Keep researching, there is lots of info in cyberspace.

The only other thing I can think of that "might help" is peppermint oil. I am a qualified aromatherapist in Australia and have used this on myself which seems to help, don't ask me how but it does.
I get awful oesophagitis and my stomach is always upset, lots of nausea and terrible burning. I find sucking on a peppermint lolly helps my tummy to settle and the nausea tends to pass. If nothing else it's worth a try. Also natural ginger lollies are good for nausea again just let her suck on one to see if this helps. Also you could try 10 drops of aromatherapy peppermint oil added to 1 and a half teaspoons of pure light olive oil and rub this onto her stomach in a circular motion. If she is allergic to peppermint or ginger please don't try this as it could cause a skin reaction or side effects.
This works for me but may not help her, up to you to give it a go. I can't guarantee it as not all potions work for everyone.

Uppity as usual is full of great info., the natural supplement may be reacting with her medication or her system may not be able to cope with it. Best to check this out with the Doc. I know some are very sceptical about herbal remedies and with good reason, they may be natural but so are most of the drugs we take, they have just been brewed into medication. A qualified naturopath would be the best person to consult with as well.

You are not alone, we are all here and this is a very caring and supportive forum. Please let us know how you get on and I hope the link is helpful to you.

Take care


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   Posted 10/5/2006 2:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Sorry, I made a blunder, my apologies would not cause any harm though, on the peppermint oil 10 drops to 1 and 1/2 TABLESPOONS of light oilive oil....not teaspoons, I was trying to think of measurement in imperial as we use metric...........Let me know if it helps

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