Nausea is an uneasiness of the stomach. Individuals with this condition have a queasy feeling which ranges from slightly uncomfortable to agonizing, commonly accompanied by clammy skin and a lurching stomach.
Almost everyone experiences nausea at some point, making it one of the most frequent medical problems.
Symptoms are frequently difficult for sufferers to describe. However, these uncomfortable feelings are felt in the upper abdomen, chest, or back of the throat. In addition, nausea can also be associated with:
- a general feeling of being sick to one’s stomach;
- abdominal pain;
- chest pain;
- breathing problems;
- a rapid pulse;
- excessive sweating;
It is not a disease itself, but actually a symptom of numerous disorders related to the digestive system, including:
- postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (an abnormal change in heart rate when you change the posture);
- gastroesophageal reflux disease (a digestive disorder which affects the lower esophageal sphincter);
- migraine headaches;
- autonomic dysfunction (problems with the area of the brain which controls the digestive processes);
- intestinal pseudo-obstruction (a condition which happens when brain and nerves signals prevent food from passing along the digestive tract);
- non-ulcer dyspepsia (discomfort in the upper stomach which is not related to an ulcer);
- gastroparesis (problems with muscles or nerves in the stomach which cause slow stomach digestion);
- peptic ulcer disease (a break in the lining of the stomach).
It is the forcible involuntary or voluntary emptying of stomach contents through the mouth.
Common causes may include:
- kidney stones and kidney infections;
- gastroenteritis – this is most likely to be the leading cause if you also have diarrhea;
- motion sickness;
- pregnancy – pregnant women usually have this symptom during the early stages of pregnancy (it occurs in the first trimester in up to 80 percent of pregnancies);
- drinking too many alcoholic beverages;
- migraines – intense, throbbing headaches which last for a few hours to days at a time;
- certain medicines, like – opioid painkillers and antibiotics;
- an inflamed gallbladder;
- a blockage in the bowel.
Spiritual Meaning of Nausea & Vomiting
Nausea always indicates the rejection of something that we consider too difficult to digest, not only in the physical sense of the word.
If we eat too much food or have many ideas, we will not be able to digest them properly, and vomiting prevents us from carrying too much load.
Nausea and vomiting during pregnancy generally reveal the lack of desire to receive sperm during the child’s conception, but it may also mean rejecting one’s own femininity, or even the child itself.
Whatever the case, be a little more aware of what you’re swallowing and make sure it’s digestible. If you are unable to change the situation you are in, open up more and you will be able to receive more. Thank your body for what it tells you.
While the cause of your nausea and vomiting is being determined, you can minimize the episodes of vomiting and nausea by following some basic guidelines:
- avoid eating food that has not been appropriately refrigerated;
- avoid eating any food which appears spoiled or smells;
- eat small meals every few hours so the stomach won’t feel full;
- avoid alcohol;
- stick to easy to digest foods, like – white rice, dry toast, or mashed potatoes;
- if you are prone to motion sickness, try to sit in the part of the vehicle with the least movement and avoid reading in a moving vehicle;
- if you have had nausea for several months, consider keeping a food diary to help identify the foods which cause the condition;
- avoid bothersome odors, like – tobacco smoke, perfume, or certain cooking smells;
- drink liquids regularly but in small quantities;
- avoid dairy products, red processed meat, and highly processed foods which are high in trans-fats;
- eat ginger (up to 5 grams per day).
If you take medicines for nausea, avoid drinking alcoholic beverages which may make you more ill as well as it increases your risk of side effects.
References https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12190791 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27821107 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4831603/