6-7 weeks post - vomiting and nauseous

on 4/7/21 3:25 pm
RNY on 02/22/21

Hi y'all,

I'm currently 6 weeks going on 7 weeks post gastric bypass. Haven't had too many issues since surgery with keeping food or liquids down. However this past Friday I started feeling very nauseous, to the point Saturday I didn't want to eat anything (the nausea continued all day as well) and Sunday was the same until that night.

Sunday night I got really weak and started vomiting however there wasn't much in my system. This has continued since Sunday night, nauseous feeling and random bouts of vomiting. However, fluids and food stay down, so I'm not sure if I even want to call it vomiting or just dry heaving a lot.

I reached out to my doctor and plan to reach out to my surgeon depending on what my doctor says (dr from the Weight Loss clinic I go through). I'm just curious anyone else go through something like this? I'd understand if food or drink made me sick but like I said it's never when my stomach has anything to come up really.

if not anyone have any good nausea remedies after surgery? Most of mine aren't exactly allowed :-(


on 4/7/21 3:28 pm
RNY on 02/22/21

Should also add my diet hasn't changed since this occurred. I haven't tried anything new; as Monday I was supposed to move on from soft food but since I've been sick I didn't want to add fuel to my already upset system.

on 4/9/21 6:50 pm

K.Artemis, there are two things i know of you could try for nausea.

.. a single drop of essential peppermint oil applied to the epigastric area and rubed in gently.. massage in with a single finger in a circular motion. Do not use this within 6 hours before a scope,BECAUSE it could mask your symptoms.. it works for nausea and other gastric upsets.

second anti nausea natural item to use is ginger. can get it out of spice cabinet.. or get in a capsule. spice cabinet i would put 1/4 teaspoon, measuring spoon in 2 oz warm water, mix well and drink /sip slowly til gone.IF you detest the taste it will not help. could add stevia to it to sweeten.

Could be several things. You are right to get it checked ASAP.

to me,sounds like a stricture., not a high one , sounds like food is moving past, and intestine is rebelling. w/ spasms... a flat plate x ray might tell the story- esp if in distress.

I have had two intestinal twists.. if was twisted you would know. feels like labor pains in cycles. One does not know whether to sit on stool or hang head over it...and in intestinal twist nothing goes thru.Only UP.

. If stomach is swollen at all. ..it could be a bad gastritis- i have - several times a year.... for that i would go on chipped ice+ ice water and plain cooked rice for 36 hours.2 oz servings anytime hungry.. i average about a cup over 24 hours.and i take 30 mg prevacid 2x a day for 5 days..( its the one that works best for me). I have done it so much i don't even call a doctor. prevacid is avail OTC in 15 mg.

on 4/9/21 7:10 pm
RNY on 02/22/21

Thank you! Peppermint is something I know could help but the flavor and smell always made me want to be sick. Not a fan and have had a huge negative reaction to it. However ginger I forgot about and will try that.

yeah I don't feel any pain really (more sore pain from throwing up so often not internal pain). I also don't feel swollen, my stomach does feel heavy from time to time but no real swelling from what I can tell.

Everything moves past okay, I can't eat nearly as much as I could a week ago even :-( but it stays down. Thank god I can stay hydrated though.

I can't eat rice yet this early, was highly recommended to stay away until at least 6 months post op. My surgeon recommended back to liquid diet but I've been doing puréed as well.

on 4/9/21 8:25 pm

I was thinking gastritis diet : because rice is one of first foods stomach can accept.... IF a cup of rice is all one is able to eat in a day. you would not gain weight off it. It is not a food you would want to indulge in any stage of weight loss- but for stomach care and a soothing digestable option it can mean the difference in eating something and nothing. for me...

I am glad you are able to eat... make sure you eat nothing that you have had any i ssue with... common sense things.. no milk if lactose intolerant.. nothing that forms gas, no acidic foods... limit fruit to applesauce-no citrus. sounds like you are definitely inflamed.

any of the mint family would work the same way.. spearmint is one my hubs prefers.

eucalyptus might work.. it works similarly to peppermint.. i did not mention it because i love peppermint and am allergic to eucalyptus.

lavender oil, rosemary also might. work... they are good for skin, inflammatory issues.. and digestion. I use lavender oil for poison ivy and poison oak breakouts- best thing i tried...for that.. lavender is a relaxing compound.. If you have it might consider it.. Hope you will be thru this soon.

on 4/8/21 4:27 am
RNY on 06/03/15

you're in the right window for a stricture, but given you can keep food and fluids down and it doesn't seem to be related to eating, that's probably not what's going on. I think you mentioned you had a call in to your clinic (I can only see one of your messages right now) - but if not, that's the first thing I'd do...

on 4/8/21 9:59 am
RNY on 02/22/21

Yeah the clinic is upping meds for anti nausea and vomiting meds and may get me in for scopes.

calling my surgeon soon (their office is closed for lunch right now). Feeling a bit better today but still a bit off.

so yeah eating does cause nausea but I don't vomit food back up (or fluids really). It's almost random and normally with and empty stomach when I do vomit. The nausea is almost all the time, smelling some food or eating will trigger it. I went from eating a good amount of food to barely eating a few bits :-(.

on 4/8/21 4:15 pm - WI

Could you be lactose intolerant? It is very common to become lactose intolerant after WLS. I was so sic****il I figured out that my protein powder contained lactose. Once I switched to a 100% protein Isolate, instead of protein concentrate (which contains lactose), the nausea stopped. I can not drink milk products but can eat hard cheese and Greek yogurt. Most of the lactose is consumed during the manufacturing of those things.

HW 270 SW 236 GW 160 CW 145 (15 pounds below goal!)

VBG Aug. 7, 1986, Revised to RNY Nov. 18, 2010

on 4/8/21 4:26 pm
RNY on 02/22/21

I do know from before surgery that I'm lactose intolerant. It's been hard to find protein I can use due to this :-(. It's actually not a bad thought process but I avoid all lactose since it made me sick pre surgery.

seems my surgeon thinks it's a narrowing where the intestines and stomach reconnect. Hopefully she's right, as I have blood work and a scope now coming up to find out.

on 4/9/21 9:03 am
RNY on 06/03/15


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