Why might IBS cause nausea January 12, 2016 10:30
Nausea is a common symptom for sufferers of IBS but why does it happen and what can you do about it? Nausea relating to IBS can be caused by a number of the issues associated with Irritable Bowel Syndrome and has been shown to affect 3 or 4 in 10 IBS sufferers.
Bloating – the increased gasses and full feeling can leave a sufferer feeling pressure in their stomach that can trigger nausea.
Constipation – Sufferers of constipation related to IBS may feel nausea because of a similar feeling of pressure in the stomach that bloating can cause. Dehydration related to constipation may also cause a feeling of nausea.
Heartburn –Activities in the stomach may cause a sufferer to feel nausea triggered by the reflux action.
Diet changes – The addition of a ‘trigger food’* to the diet may cause the stomach to react and this irritation may cause a sufferer to experience a feeling of nausea.
Treatment of nausea in these cases is a combination of symptomatic relief and identifying and treating the causes.
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Speak to your doctor about finding relief and treatment specific to your own case. Some common ways to relieve the nausea include:
- Peppermint oil
- Wheat bags or heat/ cool compress (depending on presence of chill or fever)
- Eating small amounts of ginger
- Acupressure and acupuncture
- If you suffer from prolonged nausea your doctor may prescribe an anti-nausea medication although this is only in extreme cases where natural solutions are not effective.
*To find out more about Trigger Food’s check out our article on them here.
**Please remember to always seek medical advice. This article is written generically about IBS and should not supersede any advice received by a medical professional about an individual condition. If you think you have IBS or any other condition get the advice of your Family Doctor especially before beginning or changing any course of medication.