Nausea

Advanced Digestive Care

Gastroenterologists located in Clearwater, FL

Feeling like you’re going to vomit is deeply unpleasant even when you don’t actually lose your lunch. If you’re experiencing nausea regularly, the team at Advanced Digestive Care in Clearwater, Florida, has the expertise to diagnose and treat the cause, combining their considerable knowledge with state-of-the-art diagnostic technology. For fast and effective relief from problem nausea, call Advanced Digestive Care today to schedule a consultation, or book an appointment using the online tool.

Nausea Q & A

What is nausea?

Nausea is that queasy feeling in your stomach, the rolling and fluttering that makes you feel like you might have to vomit. Sometimes it comes before an attack of vomiting, other times it just makes you feel like you might throw up but then passes. Nausea is a symptom rather than a disease, but it’s one that most people are very familiar with.

There are numerous possible reasons for feeling nauseous. Some of the most obvious are gastrointestinal problems, typically a viral infection like stomach flu or gastroenteritis. These types of illnesses usually cause vomiting as well. Many people find they become nauseous when they’re nervous or scared, for instance before an interview or giving a speech.

What causes nausea?

Common causes of nausea that start in the digestive tract include:

  • Hepatitis
  • Pancreatitis
  • Blocked intestine or stomach
  • Stretched intestine or stomach
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Irritation of the stomach lining
  • Intestinal irritation
  • Appendix or pelvic organs irritation
  • Kidney inflammation
  • Gallbladder problems
  • Constipation

Nausea can also develop because of certain chemical changes in your body. Pregnancy is well-known as a trigger for morning sickness, although it can happen any time of day. For some women, nausea is continual until the baby’s born. This type of nausea is due to hormonal changes, which can also cause nausea during menstruation or when you’re taking birth control pills.

Many other kinds of medicines also cause nausea, and you can see it listed as a potential side effect for most drugs, both over-the-counter and prescription medications. Chemotherapy drugs that you might need to take if you have cancer are notorious for causing nausea.

Other common causes of nausea include:

  • Low blood sugar
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Food allergies
  • Food poisoning
  • Migraine headaches
  • Head injuries
  • Brain tumors
  • Stroke
  • Bleeding in the brain
  • Vertigo
  • Motion sickness
  • Labyrinthitis (inner ear infection)

Nausea can also be a result of an extreme emotional response, severe pain, or seeing or smelling something deeply unpleasant.

What factors determine the best treatment for nausea?

Treatment for your nausea depends on what’s causing it. In most cases, nausea passes within a few minutes or hours. If you have an infection, you could feel nauseous for several days, especially if you’re vomiting as well.

If your nausea doesn’t clear up on its own, its best to visit Advanced Digestive Care to find out what’s behind it. Tell your provider what you’ve been doing, where you’ve been, and what you’ve been eating, as well as giving them details of any other symptoms, as this helps narrow down the likely causes.

For example, if you had a bang on the head and now feel nauseous, you’re likely to need a CT or MRI scan of your brain. On the other hand, if you’re a woman of childbearing age and you’re sexually active, you should probably take a pregnancy test.

If you have nausea and you’re concerned about how long it’s lasting or any other symptoms, call Advanced Digestive Care today or book an appointment online.