When you indulge in some questionable foods, you can almost expect on some level that you are going to feel nauseous. But, when it gets you off-guard, it can be stressful. You will have to rack your brain trying to retrace your steps, what you ate or didn’t eat, and even who you came into contact with.
At times, some things can make you feel queasy that have nothing to do with bad food or pregnancy, which can easily land you in our Houston emergency clinic. So let’s dive a little deeper to see what nausea is all about.
In a nutshell, nausea is a general term used to describe a queasy stomach, sometimes accompanied by a feeling that you are about to vomit. Some people have nausea but do not feel as though they are going to vomit.
Almost everyone experiences nausea, making it one of the prevalent reasons that people seek emergency care. Nausea is not a disease but a symptom of an underlying disease or disorder.
Several problems in any of the following body parts can cause nausea:
Vertigo, a condition that makes you feel as though you are spinning, moving, or falling even when you are not in motion, can make you feel nauseous. Motion sickness, viral infections, certain brain or nerve tumors, and sensitivity to a position change can cause you to have vertigo.
Feeling nauseous is common with a head injury, migraine headaches, stroke, brain tumors, meningitis, and bleeding into or around the brain. You can also experience nausea if you have glaucoma, which is brought about by the pressure on the nerves at the back of your eyes. At times, it is a brain reaction triggered by significant emotional distress, pain, or unpleasant odors or sights.
There is a myriad of abdominal conditions that can cause nausea. Some of the common causes of nausea include pancreatitis, hepatitis, blocked or stretched stomach or intestine, GERD (gastroesophageal reflux), inflammation of the kidney, irritation of the stomach, appendix, intestinal lining, or pelvic organs.
Gastroenteritis (viral infections) is a common illness that causes nausea. Nausea is also a common symptom caused by menstruation and constipation.
Other than the above, nausea is a common side effect of the following:
Since various reasons can cause nausea, our doctor will have to find the clues in your medical history. You can also share with our doctor in our emergency room near you about your activities and the foods you eat or ate that trigger your nausea.
Also, be sure to disclose if you are using birth control or are sexually active and of childbearing age to rule out the possibility of a pregnancy.
Other than that, you will have to undergo some examination. This might include an abdominal examination, blood pressure testing, neurological examination, among others.
Most of the time, nausea will not need treatment. But if treatment is necessary, then it will depend on the underlying cause. This means that our doctor will have to determine what causes you to have nausea since it is a symptom and not a disease.
However, here are some things that you can do:
Other than that, you might take prescribed medication that can help treat the underlying cause. When you reintroduce food, adhere to the BRAT (bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast) diet until your stomach gets better.
If you notice that your nausea has lasted longer than three days, contact our doctor in our Houston emergency clinic. You can also call us if your nausea is associated with vomiting, blood, confusion, blurred vision, and a high fever. Feel free to consult with our doctor at Memorial Village ER, who would love to help you get better.