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   Posted 2/8/2013 12:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been having nausea on and off for a while now.  It used to be very infrequent but in the past 3 months it has become more regular.  It comes and goes throughout the day.  Often it is almost gone during the day and is worse at night.  It is also worse if I eat chocolate, eat at night or eat too much.  I don't usually vomit but I've been close a few times.  I told my GI about it (I have a GI because I also have colitis) and he started me on Zantac.  I took that for 2 weeks and it seemed to do nothing.  My naturopath put me on d-limonene or whatever that is called and betaine hcl.  I also take a lot of probiotics.  Nothing has really taken it away.  I am starting to get nervous (I already have a bit of stress) that it's something bad.  I had an abdominal u/sound that was clear today.  I have an endoscopy scheduled for the end of Feb.
My question is....does this sound like reflux?  I don't really get heartburn.  Mainly nausea or pain in stomach directly under my ribs.  When it is happeningand I push on my stomach it is tender.  I have no idea if it's an ulcer, gastritis or what.  I was on Prednisone for a long time last year and wondered if that messed me up. 
Any thoughts or support?  I'm very concerned and this is new for me. Usually I have lots of lower abdominal issues from ulcerative colitis.  Never my stomach.

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   Posted 2/8/2013 1:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like something is irritated. The endoscope will be able to tell if it's gastritis, gerd, or something else going on.
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   Posted 2/8/2013 8:07 AM (GMT -6)   
I posted something similar under GERD without heartburn. I have been having nausea and vomiting. I can go for weeks without vomiting and then I will throw up several times a week mainly in the morning.

I have Dx of acid reflux. I have very little of any heartburn. I am scheduled for endoscopy this month.

I have apple slices in Tupperware container in refrigerator. This seems to quell nausea. I also make jello with fruit cocktail to eat. Saltine crackers seem to help.
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   Posted 2/8/2013 12:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes I figured that the scope would tell me. Was hoping to get a little reassurance that maybe some of you had something similar... nervous

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   Posted 2/8/2013 12:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi seasons,
Nausea without reflux sounds like gastrits to me.  It would be worth continuing the Zantac even though you don't notice improvement, as it can protect the stomach from some of the acid onslaught.  I have a very reactive stomach and get gastritis fairly often.  Whenever I do, I take acid suppressors to help calm things down.  There is one thing that really helps me a lot...Carafate suspension.  It does a great job of coating your esophagus and stomach and helps provide comfort and allow healing. I'm never without it in the house. If you have not reflux and all the acid is doing its damage in the stomach, then you could take the generic version, Sulcrafate tablets.  These are both prescription drugs, but very safe.
The other thing is WHAT you're putting into your stomach.  Imagine the inside of your stomach like a raw sore.  During the digestion process it contracts and mashes food.  If there is anything in there that is rough, it can cause even more irritation.  Only put things that are fully chewed to a smooth consistency into your stomach.  If you eat softer, smoother foods, you'll give your stomach a better chance to heal.  Obviously, stay away from acidic and spicy foods, and alcohol. 
My GI doc told me that when healing a gastritis I should eat carefully until two weeks after my stomach feels perfect.  I have found this to be good advice.  The temptation is to "cheat" once you're feeling better, but if you do, you're almost certain to get worse again.
Good luck with your endoscopy.  I'm sure it will provide lots of answers.
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   Posted 2/8/2013 4:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there

Nausea was always one of my pain symptoms (the others being constant hunger and pain). It really has been the thing that drives me back to the doctor - pain I'll put up with, but nausea is very difficult to cope with all day long, day in day out.

I found chewing DGL on waking helped enough to get me facing breakfast - most days.
One thing that made a huge difference was taking my PPI in the evening - around 9.00 pm. Taking it in the morning had zero effect on the nausea.
Recently I've had a course of acupuncture and that reduced my nausea hugely, so that I had a good three month run with pretty much no nausea at all. Just recently having to take codeine for back pain seemed to set things off again, but I'm hoping it'll wane. Certainly it's still nothing like it was before the acupuncture. I have always found that it only takes one small thing to trigger an aggravation which can last a couple of weeks. As you say, chocolate is one of them!

Have you tried the Zantac before bed?

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