You May Get Nauseous Reading This One
Last updated: May 2021
My experience with nausea is pretty extensive, so I figured I could dedicate an entire conversation to this topic alone. Nausea to me is the in-between space.
You’re sick, you obviously feel like trash, but for some reason, your body just won’t allow you to heal yourself by vomiting. Trust me, I’ve been there on many occasions. I get it.
The hard part about being in any in-between space is this: Where are you to go? I mean really. You can’t completely heal yourself by simply choosing to feel better.
If that was a thing, none of us would be faced with chronic illness. Ever. But you’re also forced into this torn position on whether or not you should even attempt to self-soothe. I know.
Dealing with nausea
I’ve dealt with nausea long before I was diagnosed with IBD. Honestly, it makes me nauseous just thinking about it.
I remember being so uncomfortable as a child, but I didn’t want to bring down the mood of my friends or family, so I attempted to cope. By coping, I mean breathing. I didn’t really have many options back then.
The medication didn't help
Without mentioning medications, when I got older, I was prescribed a drug that is often administered at the hospital through the IV for nausea as well. This drug never worked for me.
Please put a strong emphasis on it never working as you read this because it has not. I’ve always hated the med, but before I learned to advocate for myself, I was constantly given it as a failed attempt to soothe my discomfort.
Not to go too deep into this portion, but this medication was so bad, it would make me vomit. I don’t know if that was the goal, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t. Once I learned to advocate for myself, I refused the med. At all costs. I didn’t want to be seen as the “problem patient,” but after taking it for so long, my body wouldn’t allow me to receive it anymore.
So we tried a patch.
Honestly, the patch wasn’t so bad. For me personally, I was still nauseous, but it always lessened the feeling.
Learning how to cope with nausea
Through my years living with IBD, the main lesson I’ve learned is just how individualized and unique our condition hits each one of us. I can’t tell you what will work for you. But I can assure you, we’ve all been there. We all hate it.
While I can drop some tips and tricks I occasionally use, one of the ones I use most often - that’s also been most helpful - is simply allowing my body to do what it’s craving to do. This does not always mean vomiting.
Sometimes, I’m nauseous when I haven’t eaten after a long day, or even in the early mornings. If it’s after a long day, my body usually needs sleep. Early mornings? I need food. I’ve learned this.
And with time, I’m sure you’ll learn your body too! After so many years of living with this condition, you honestly have no other choice.
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