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For the past ten days, I have been experiencing constant dull nausea in my lower abdomen. It worsens when I eat (so I'm only getting about 400 calories a day) and sometimes I have to lay in bed because sitting and eating can increase the nausea. I messaged my bariatric surgeon last week and only heard back from his nurse on Monday. She was rather dismissive, saying that I might have the stomach flu and I should write again in a few days if I'm not feeling better. I also messaged my PCP who does not have a bariatric background, and she hypothesized that it might be heartburn (I don't think so -- I have no pain in my chest or upper abdomen) but said if the nausea continued, she would see me in her office. But again, she's not familiar with the surgery and possible complications, so might not know what tests to order.

I spent time researching through Dr. Google and got worried about internal hernias, which could be life-threatening if left untreated. Apparently, sometimes the only symptom is mild nausea. Or maybe I have an ulcer.

Am I worrying too much? Has anyone else had a long episode of nausea (lasting over a week) that resolved on its own? Or was from another cause?

As you can see, I am already seeking proper medical advice, so only would like to hear anecdotal information and suggestions. Thanks.

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I've been dealing with off and on nausea for about a month! And, I have such bad dizzy spells that I've almost passed out! And the other night I couldn't walk straight, I was walking like a drunk, and it seriously worried my family. My doctor is completely unsure if it's my potassium deficiency that's causing it or if it's something else. I have more blood work I have do next week, but my doctor gave me anti-nausea meds and also meclizine for the dizzy spells. It works, but it puts me to sleep... -_-" I hope they can figure out what's going on with you and can get rid of that nausea for you!

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The nausea in itself doesn't worry me. With the low calorie intake + weight loss you might be experimenting low blood pressure that cause this nausea. I have it myself. It comes when going from a seating or lying position to upright to soon with me.

What worries me more is this pain you are talking about in your abdomen. This could be a number of issues, followed by the nausea and lack of calories. If you have a "seizure" I would call the EMT, or visit the ER. Otherwise I would make an appointment with the GP to have this issue resolved. It might be critical, might not. The lack of calories creates more issues down the line, so better to have it resolved

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1 minute ago, NovaLuna said:

I've been dealing with off and on nausea for about a month! And, I have such bad dizzy spells that I've almost passed out! And the other night I couldn't walk straight, I was walking like a drunk, and it seriously worried my family. My doctor is completely unsure if it's my potassium deficiency that's causing it or if it's something else. I have more blood work I have do next week, but my doctor gave me anti-nausea meds and also meclizine for the dizzy spells. It works, but it puts me to sleep... -_-" I hope they can figure out what's going on with you and can get rid of that nausea for you!

Try eating or drinking some salts or electrolytes to see if it helps with the dizziness.
I have gotten permisson to eat turkish peppers as they are one of few things I don't find revolting😂

I also notice that my dizziness gets worse if I don't drink enough, so try that aswell.
Otherwise, make sure to have the blood test, and follow up on your Vitamin regime. Most likely this is dizziness caused by rapid weight loss and low food intake. It might resolve in a while when the body gets adjusted.

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I have had on and off nausea as well. I spoke with the dr's nurse and the nutritionist. They prescribed me zofran for the nausea. The nutritionist also said it could be dehydration. If I drink more than 64 ounces I do feel better but again it is on and off.

Best of luck!

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I just spoke with my bariatric surgeon. He is prescribing antacid and anti-nausea medications as well as having me undergo an endoscopy and CAT scan. I'm glad he is taking extra precautions because I haven't had this problem before.

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Just posting an update. I had my endoscopy and CT scan, and everything was normal. What I've learned is that I have a severe reaction to the tannin in black tea. When I recently had a cold, I drank strong black tea every day. I became very nauseous during that time.

Apparently, tannin in large amounts can cause nausea, vomiting, and irritation of the stomach lining. I was only having two cups of black tea a day, but apparently my post-WLS stomach could not tolerate it.

My dietitian said she had not seen this reaction before in any of her clients. But I wanted to let people know about this in case you are likewise affected.

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