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Dr. John Hsiang, Senior Consultant Gastroenterologist
Constant nausea and vomiting, also known as recurrent emesis, is a medical condition characterized by persistent and unrelenting episodes of feeling sick to one’s stomach (nausea) and expelling the contents of the stomach through the mouth (vomiting).
This condition can occur for a variety of reasons, ranging from minor issues such as food poisoning or motion sickness to more serious underlying health conditions such as gastroenteritis or kidney disease.
Aside from the obvious symptoms of feeling sick and vomiting, there are other signs that may indicate a person is experiencing constant nausea and vomiting. These can include:
A Gastroscopy, also known as an Upper GI Endoscopy, is a procedure to examine the oesophagus (gullet), stomach, and duodenum (first part of the small intestine).
It is done by having a gastroscope safely inserted through the mouth and maneuvered by your Doctor.
A gastroscope is a flexible tube with a camera attached to it. This gives your Doctor an internal view of your upper digestive system to detect abnormalities such as polyps, ulcers, inflammation, or cancerous growths along the mucosal lining.
If your Doctor discovers these issues during an examination, they can remove any polyps or tissues to be sampled for further investigation.
There are many potential causes of constant nausea and vomiting, making it difficult to pinpoint a single underlying reason. Some possible causes include:
It is important to consult with a healthcare professional if you are experiencing constant nausea and vomiting as they can help determine the underlying cause and provide proper treatment.
While occasional nausea and vomiting are common and usually not a cause for concern, constant episodes of these symptoms can indicate an underlying medical issue that may require treatment.
It is important to visit a doctor if:
A doctor can help diagnose the underlying cause and provide appropriate treatment to manage the symptoms and improve overall health. In some cases, a referral to a specialist may be necessary for further evaluation and treatment.
Usually, a Gastroscopy is done while you are asleep due to the sedatives that will be administered to you. An anesthetic will also be sprayed into your throat to numb your swallowing sensation.
You will be placed on your side and given to wear a mouth guard to prevent yourself from biting on the scope. With the necessary preparations in place, your Doctor will proceed with the gastroscopy examination.
The whole procedure should take about 10 to 15 minutes and you should be discharged within the same day. You will be advised not to drive or operate machinery for the day due to the drowsiness you may feel from the sedatives.
Consulting a Gastroenterologist for your symptoms helps in obtaining an accurate diagnosis, giving you peace of mind. It also aids in detecting and ruling out more serious diseases like ulcers and cancer.
At Richmond Gastro, our team ensures a smooth and comfortable consultation and diagnosis process, making endoscopy less daunting than you may think.
Treatment for constant nausea and vomiting depends on the underlying cause. Some common treatment options may include:
It is important to follow the treatment plan recommended by your healthcare provider for the best results.
While treating the underlying cause of constant nausea and vomiting is essential, there are also some steps you can take to help relieve symptoms:
It is important to consult with your doctor before trying any home remedies or alternative treatments.
MBChB (NZ), FRACP (Australasia), MD (Doctorate), FRCP (Edinburgh), FAMS (Gastro)
Dr. John Hsiang is a Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist with more than 20 years of clinical experience in public and private practice.
Dr. John’s special clinical interests are in gastroesophageal reflux disease, stomach conditions, fatty liver, and gastrointestinal cancer screening
Dr. John has spent more than five years in the Singhealth cluster serving in the Gastroenterology Department at Changi General Hospital and Sengkang General Hospital.
Indigestion, gastroesophageal reflux disease, helicobacter pylori infection, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, diarrhoea, hepatitis B, fatty liver disease, management of abnormal liver tests.
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