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Dr. Edward Kuhnley
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Severe Vomiting (Definition)

"Severe vomiting can mean that: You vomit more than 10 times in 24 hours. For at least 24 hours, you vomit every time you try to drink something. The vomit shoots out in large amounts and with great force." ...Read more


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I have had three episodes where I wake up at night gagging and retching. What is causing this?

I have had three episodes where I wake up at night gagging and retching. What is causing this?

Acid Reflux: You are likely getting drainage from somewhere. Since the problem is retching and gagging, it is either coming from your nose or from your stomach. The most common problem that manifests itself at nighttime like that is from acid reflux. In the sleep literature, we have found the people reflux significantly between 10 pm and 2am. Reflux burns. Nasal drainage doesn't usually burn as much ...Read more

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I have abit of a cold I keep coughing but when I do I retch but am not sick what causes this as it is annoying?

I have abit of a cold I keep coughing but when I do I retch but am not sick what causes this as it is annoying?

Vomiting with cough: This is common. A bout of coughing increases intraabdominal pressure and may cause a gagging sensation that leads to vomiting. ...Read more

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Why does the vitamin bottle make me retch when I open it up?

Why does the vitamin bottle make me retch when I open it up?

May not be good: Some vitamins have a very strong odor to them because of the way they are made. Multivitamins and b complexes are notorious for this. It could also be that they are not well made. To check the effcacy of your vitamins, put them in regular vinegar. If they don't dissolve in 15 minutes, throw them away. They have no bio-availability. I recommend physician grade products, capsules are great. ...Read more

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Weird symptoms accompanying vomiting. Dry retching, gagging, etc?

They go together.: Gagging, retching and vomiting are friends that like to accompany each other. One invites the other and soon you have all three. Hopefully they will go away. If the vomiting persists you may need to visit a doctor. ...Read more

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Do I have hypoglycemia? I'm 16 a female and have most symptoms especially retching and nausea. Worse in morning also if I don't eat that's when it hap

Do I have hypoglycemia? I'm 16 a female and have most symptoms especially retching and nausea. Worse in morning also if I don't eat that's when it hap

Don't know but...: Easy to check with home glucose testing kit you get in pharmacy

bt the way get pregnancy test, if you've been sexually active

if not hypoglycemic or pregnant, many other things can cause your symptoms- see md. ...Read more

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I retch when I eat dry food eg cake, biscuits & can never eat dry food unless I have water. Always been like this. Also when nervous eg presentations?

I retch when I eat dry food eg cake, biscuits & can never eat dry food unless I have water. Always been like this. Also when nervous eg presentations?

Swallowing trouble: Swallowing trouble can reflect problems when moving food from mouth to upper esophagus (tranfer dysphagia) or when moving food down esophagus (transit dysphagia). Partial obstruction of esophagus may "hang-up" dry solid foods but typically allow liquids to pass. Motility disorders may "hang-up" both solids as well as liquids. Eosinophilic esophagitis possible, as is anxiety-related spasm. See doc. ...Read more

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Hello I was throwing up black blood after a night out about 8 days ago. I feel fine now tho what could of coursed it. I was retching fir 8 hours.

Hello I was throwing up black blood after a night out about 8 days ago. I feel fine now tho what could of coursed it. I was retching fir 8 hours.

Blood?: Dark/black vomit is always worrisome, because it can be partially digested blood. At the same time, it could have just been something you ate. If you have any bleeding or questionable vomit again, you should get the emergency department. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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24/female. Taking wellbutrin (bupropion) XL 150 mg concerta 36 mg in the morning and trazodone 50 - 100 mg at bed. Could any of these meds cause extreme retching?

24/female. Taking wellbutrin (bupropion) XL 150 mg concerta 36 mg in the morning and trazodone 50 - 100 mg at bed. Could any of these meds cause extreme retching?

Extreme retching is: An uncommon side effect to these medications. It is important to consult your prescriber and determine if the timing of the retching coincides with taking one of the medications or may be from another cause. Best wishes in resolving the problem. ...Read more

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Hello I've been dry retching & had diarrhea for 2 months. I've lost about 6 kilos. My stool samples revealed nothing. Any clues on what it might be?

Hello I've been dry retching & had diarrhea for 2 months. I've lost about 6 kilos. My stool samples revealed nothing. Any clues on what it might be?

More evaluation: Your questions indicates that some preliminary evaluation has been done but the source of your discomfort not found. You will need to re-visit your doctor who can continue a detailed history, exam, and further investigation. Your symptoms are not typical of any particular thing, but do need medical attention especailly as you have lost quite a bit of weight. ...Read more

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I had an appendectomy 7 weeks ago. About 2 weeks after surgery, I started feeling nauseated all the time, and some diarrhea. I retch or vomit a lot.

I had an appendectomy 7 weeks ago. About 2 weeks after surgery, I started feeling nauseated all the time, and some diarrhea. I retch or vomit a lot.

You should: Report this to your surgeon, because it could be delayed infection, drug side effect, or even intestinal obstruction, something related to your operation. But it could also be something that is unrelated. ...Read more

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Sudden onset of cramps, nausea, retching, fainting yesterday. Chills and malaise today. No appetite. Not pregnancy or alcohol. What could it be?

See below: Sounds like viral GI bug. If you do not improve or get worse, you may want to see your primary for further evaluation. ...Read more

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I've had the flu for about 3 days and last night was retching and tasting blood, now im vomiting blood. What's going on?

I've had the flu for about 3 days and last night was retching and tasting blood, now im vomiting blood. What's going on?

Gastritis: Dry heaves/ increased pressure due to vomiting could have irritated the esophagus/ tear of a blood vessel likely/ ulceration due to stress of a viral syndrome. ...Read more

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A piece of food got stuck in throat making me retch this brought up blood now it hurts when I swallow and feels blocked?

A piece of food got stuck in throat making me retch this brought up blood now it hurts when I swallow and feels blocked?

Go to ED.: Violent retching like this could lead to a Mallory-Weiss tear. I’m not saying you have this, but the blood and different feeling in there have me concerned. I’d recommend you go to the ED for an evaluation and CT scan of the chest. ...Read more

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How effective is Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for motility issues to help with severe retching in a former preemie with a g tube nissen?

How effective is Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for motility issues to help with severe retching in a former preemie with a g tube nissen?

Vomiting: It may help. How old is the baby now and how much do they weigh? There are other medications that may be better. You can INBOX consult if need be ...Read more

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Hey Doc so yesterday I was dry heaving or retching as it is called and now today my stomach is really soar and cramping is this from the retching?

Hey Doc so yesterday I was dry heaving or retching as it is called and now today my stomach is really soar and cramping is this from the retching?

How do you feel now: Yes it could be did you also have diarrhea this should clear up over the next few days if it is getting worse or continues to persis see your doc ...Read more

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2 months dry retching, nauseous most mournings upset stomach, poss causes? Better as day goes on. Blood tests ok, upper GI us ok, gastric empty ok

2 months dry retching, nauseous most mournings upset stomach, poss causes? Better as day goes on. Blood tests ok, upper GI us ok, gastric empty ok

Many things: If the work up is unrevealing, anxiety disorder needs to be considered. But gerd and other esophageal conditons can cause these symptoms, so an endoscopy is indicated to rule out esophageal diseases, reflux, gastric disorders or others that may be invisible to the tests you mention. ...Read more

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Really raging tickle in throat on/off 4 15yr this makes me feel sick and retch sometimes accompanied by strange smell in nose. Nose continually blockd?

Really raging tickle in throat on/off 4 15yr this makes me feel sick and retch sometimes accompanied by strange smell in nose. Nose continually blockd?

Could be seallergies: Your symptoms seems to be very much as " seasonal allergic rhinitis" or inflammation of sinus due to exposure to spring pollen! depends on your local area - pollen saturation in the air is high between february to july! You may try otc antihistamine as Allegra, nasal saline rinses to " flush nasal passages "! if more symptoms persists you may see your doc to prescribe more effective medication. ...Read more

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I have a lump feeling in my throat. It feels like something is moving inside. It is painful and makes my voice hoarse. I keep retching because of it a?

I have a lump feeling in my throat. It feels like something is moving inside. It is painful and makes my voice hoarse. I keep retching because of it a?

You need to be: Evaluated and examined. You can start with your primary health care provider but a referral to an ENT would be reasonable. ...Read more

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My father choked on a small chicken bone tonight & started retching and coughing up blood. I think he cut his throat. How can he relieve the soreness?

My father choked on a small chicken bone tonight & started retching and coughing up blood. I think he cut his throat. How can he relieve the soreness?

Chicken none: He probably needs to be checked out asap. He might be at choking risk from any retained food material and may have to be examined for the extent of his injury. ...Read more

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What causes vomiting?

What causes vomiting?

Vagus nerve: Your nervous system is responsible for vomiting. This can be trigger by head, neck, intestinal issues. ...Read more

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What could cause vomiting?

What could cause vomiting?

Many things: Vomiting is a complex reflex with many stimuli. ...Read more

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Quick ways to stop vomiting?

Quick ways to stop vomiting?

Depends on cause: It depends on the cause of vomiting. You will probable need evaluation and will require a prescription anti emetic. ...Read more

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