Posted 8/26/2008 12:35 PM (GMT -6)
Last summer, I had two terrible bouts with nausea. The first one lasted about 3 weeks, and my doctor finally figured out that it was being caused by the Asacol he had me on...1600mg 3X per day. I went totally off that and within one day, I was WAAAAAAYYY better. I lost 30 pounds during that 3 weeks as I could not keep anything down - except the pills of course. I gradually went back on the Asacol.
about 2 months later, I started having the same nausea. My doctor had retired, and I was in the process of getting established with a new doc. I immediately went off the Asacol again, but the nausea persisted. I called the new doc and explained my plight, but the soonest they could get me in was three weeks out. So I took the appointment and resigned myself to living with it. I soon lost another 20 pounds and somehow found a way to put one foot in front of the other. Within about 2 weeks, the nausea subsided, and by the time I went to the new doc, the symptoms were all but gone.
about 3 weeks ago, I felt this nausea coming on again. It starts slow...off and on, and not unbearable. It seems to be food induced. I am hungry, but if I eat, the nausea comes. The longer this goes on, the more horrific the nausea gets. Dry heaves all day long is an understatement. The only relief is sleep. In the last couple of days, it has started to lessen. I am hungry, but I dare not eat. I am drinking Gatorade and sipping chicken broth. Once in a while, I eat a couple of Saltines. Sometimes that is ok, and other times it's hell.
I'm a big girl, so losing 50 pounds was not a bad thing for me.
Before these two episodes, my UC had never really been under control, nor has it been since then.
I have crappy insurance, and if I go to the doctor he will want to do everything from blood work to x-rays to CT scans (and rightfully so) but I cannot afford that unless I am on my deathbed. (which I am not...yet.)
Have any of you experienced any of this. Does anyone have any advice?