How many ways can you define nausea?

I’m guessing it’s like morning sickness, but without the fetus.

I’m at that age, in my thirties, where many of my friends have been having children lately.  I’m close with many of them, which means I hear a lot about pregnancy symptoms and, later, child-rearing experiences.  A couple of them were telling me during their pregnancies about the morning sickness they were dealing with, which can last all day.  It sounded an awful lot like the nausea I get, but of course, for me there’s no pregnancy.  Which means it’s not going to end any time soon.

We all know how hard it can be to describe pain.  It’s hard to describe nausea, too.  The morning sickness comparison is probably accurate, but since I’ve never been pregnant, I just don’t know.  I need some other way to define it.  I was trying to explain to my doctor today how there’s the low-grade nausea I feel just about every single day.  Then there’s the worse nausea that makes me feel completely miserable.  And then there’s the level where I start thinking about dying.  Luckily that level never lasts for more than a few hours, but it’s pretty bad.  But how do I explain the actual feeling?

There’s no good answer right now.  There’s also no treatment that we’ve found.  But I’m working with a nutritionist and I’m hoping that, in time, we can lessen the nausea.  If we can’t do that, then I’d love to at least lessen some of my other GI symptoms so that I might be able to take some of the anti-nausea drugs.  Ah, that would be heavenly.  Oh wait, how should I define “heavenly”?


If you can relate to this, please pass it along and share the camaraderie!  Thanks!

2 Responses to How many ways can you define nausea?

  1. Shannon says:

    Nausea sucks! i definitely can relate to that. I’m very grateful that my doctor and I finally found medication that works and doesn’t cause nausea.

    I’m not sure if your nausea is related to your illness or your medication, or both. I hope you find something that helps soon! I remember all too well what it was like to be sick plus the nausea from the meds.

    The only thing that worked for me in lessening the nausea from medication was eating something beforehand to coat my stomach. Yogurt worked pretty well, but not well enough for the meds I was on at the time.

    I do know that there are medications/supplements that help ease stomach pain/nausea that you can take before the medication. I’d ask your pharmacist. Trust me, the pharmacist *always* knows more than the doctors about what meds work or are current.

    May you feel as well as you can today *hugs*

    • chronicrants says:

      Thanks so much for your support! Unfortunately, mine is from illness, not from medication, so I can’t just change meds. But I am working with a nutritionist on dietary changes and hopefully we can find some sort of trigger. I’ll happily avoid any food if it means I feel better!

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