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PLEASE HELP! Been Paleo 6 Months-Suddenly Nauseous + Throwing Up

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Created January 27, 2013 at 11:02 PM

I've been paleo for about 6 months and all of the sudden for the past few weeks I've been getting super nauseous after foods like hard boiled eggs and on a seemingly random basis. Today I had some tehina with sweeet potato and started feeling nauseous, then threw up and by threw up I mean REALLY threw up about 1/2 hour ago. Feeling terrible.... Am not pregnant (on my period currently-this never happens to me though) and feel fairly certain this is somehow food related. Don't think I'm sick as I seem to have no sick symptoms.

PLEASE PLEASE HELP. At my wits end. Don't know what to do. Thank you. -Vanessa

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on January 29, 2013
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The PPI was the worst! I was on it for 3 weeks and it was terrible, all I could consume was 1-2 cans of ginger ale a day - no joke! So then I stopped, only had 2-3 days of acid rebound (where I could actually feel excess acid and knew what it was like) and am so happy I didn't stick to it longer.

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on January 28, 2013
at 01:37 PM

I second the bit about the PPI. They kept telling me I had GERD as well. When I STARTED the PPI, it GAVE me indigestion. Yeah, great, I needed that too! :)

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on January 27, 2013
at 11:55 PM

Thought. *

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on January 27, 2013
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Hey, this is just a n=1, but white potatoes help me feel better when I'm nauseous. I'm not saying it'll work for you, but it has worked for me, so just a trout. Hope you feel better soon :).

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on January 28, 2013
at 12:54 AM

Are you under any stress? Anything unusual? Nausea can be a symptom of a panic attack and anxiety - I went through something like this 2 years ago, but I never even dreamed it was anxiety, and it freaked me out, because I really thought something was physically wrong with me, so after a few days of nausea, I went right to a GI. I had them test me, nothing came up in all of the tests (upper endoscopy, tested for h. pylori, other biopsies of the stomach lining, barium swallow), but I do think it is smart to see a doctor, because you never know. I would cut out the foods that instigate the symptoms first. And take certain pieces of advice from the doc with a grain of salt (he told me that because my tests were all normal, I must have GERD and put me on a PPI - short story, worst thing ever), don't be afraid to get a second opinion.

Definitely look for other changes in your life. Mine started off kind of random, 2-3 times after stressful days at work in January 2011, and then early February it picked up and became an every other day thing, full symptoms, heart palpitations, sweats, shakes, salivation, nausea, but only after eating. I was not paleo at the time, but looking back most definitely had nutritional deficiencies, and was stressed in every aspect of life. But I never thought it could be stress induced because I always felt so bullet proof, but it turned out that it was, I just took on too much.

Good luck, I hope you find something to take care of it. I hate nothing more than nausea/vomiting.

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on January 28, 2013
at 01:37 PM

I second the bit about the PPI. They kept telling me I had GERD as well. When I STARTED the PPI, it GAVE me indigestion. Yeah, great, I needed that too! :)

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

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on January 29, 2013
at 03:26 PM

The PPI was the worst! I was on it for 3 weeks and it was terrible, all I could consume was 1-2 cans of ginger ale a day - no joke! So then I stopped, only had 2-3 days of acid rebound (where I could actually feel excess acid and knew what it was like) and am so happy I didn't stick to it longer.

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on January 28, 2013
at 12:26 AM

Vanessa, I've gone through bouts like this. The one thing that has helped me at the time is to severely restrict my diet down to very simple foods (beef and chicken broth, carrots, etc - think of sick-person food). I have a couple of thoughts on it: (1) I think that as you clean up your diet, your body gets more sensitive to things that didn't used to bother you. Maybe you have a sensitivity to eggs? Try just eating the yolk without whites and see if you have the same rxn. (2) Possible detox? Are you losing weight? Sometimes I have a horrible breakout or nausea right after losing a pound or two ... makes me wonder if something nasty was hiding in that fat. I know a lot of people think detox is bs, but just a possibility. If you suspect this, try drinking a lot more water to keep your system flushed.

If you are really vomiting a lot, I would not hesitate to VISIT THE DOCTOR. I know it's a pain. I avoid the doc if at all possible! But constant vomiting can be a sign of a serious medical condition. Some things that come to mind are stomach ulcer and gastritis. These are easy to rule in or out. Honestly, I would bypass the family doc (if you can) and go to a gastro specialist. Don't mention paleo (they may blow you off and not investigate further, depending on the doc). Just tell them you eat a clean, whole foods diet. I had a suspected stomach ulcer a few years ago... Had an endoscopy, and honestly, it was the about the easiest medical thing I've ever done.

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on January 28, 2013
at 05:32 PM

Maybe its a stomach virus!

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on January 28, 2013
at 07:52 AM

Do a pregnancy test just in case. I had what I thought was a period right on time, but I was already pregnant. It was lighter than usual, but other symptoms (particularly breast tenderness) were worse.

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on January 28, 2013
at 01:04 AM

You could either be getting far too much protein, or you could be suffering copper toxicity (too much copper, such as organ meats too often).

Other than that, listen to your body. If certain foods make you physically unwell, it could simply be your body telling you you have enough (who knows what) micronutrients from that certain food.

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