That feeling of queasiness in your stomach is never a welcome surprise, but it doesn’t always mean that you’re getting sick. Beyond food poisoning and stomach flu, there are plenty of other causes of nausea and vomiting. Visit an urgent care center if your vomiting persists and you can’t keep fluids down since this can easily lead to dehydration. However, if you have nausea and vomiting that appears to be unexplainable, a physical exam may be in order.
People with anxiety disorders, especially those who suffer from panic attacks, understand all too well that emotional stress causes physical symptoms. One of those symptoms can be nausea, which may occur with or without vomiting. Anxiety triggers the release of hormones, including adrenaline, which interferes with the normal functioning of the digestive system. Stress can also lead to muscle tension, which may affect the abdominal area.
People with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) routinely experience acid reflux, especially if they aren’t receiving treatment for it. The stomach and esophagus are separated by the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). Normally, this muscular tissue closes after you consume food or beverages. If the LES fails to work as it should, the stomach acid can re-enter the esophagus and travel upward. Some people experience this as nausea, and they may begin vomiting.
Have you ever felt as if the room is spinning around you while you remain perfectly still? This unnerving sensation is called vertigo. It can be caused by inflammation in the inner ear. Some people experience repeated episodes of vertigo after suffering from head trauma. When an episode begins, it can feel as if you’re suddenly tilting or falling forward, even though you aren’t moving at all. These odd sensations can result in nausea and sometimes vomiting. It’s advisable to see a doctor figure out what’s causing your vertigo. In the meantime, when an episode begins, you may find it helpful to:
- Keep your head level and stare straight ahead.
- Grab on to something, even though you aren’t moving.
- Sit straight down on the floor if you think you might lose your balance and fall.
Prompt and courteous medical care near Orlando is available at Paramount Urgent Care. At our walk-in clinics, it’s our mission to help you feel well again quickly so you can get back to doing the things you love. For more information, please visit www.paramounturgentcare.com.