Endometriosis is known for being one of the most painful chronic conditions. However, few realize that nausea is an incredibly common symptom seen in %90 of patients.
Dealing with severe endometriosis pain is bad enough on its own, so finding a way to overcome the other symptoms is critical.
Keep reading to find out some tips on what you can do to prevent and treat endometriosis nausea.
Get Fresh Air
Although the reason why fresh air helps nausea is not fully understood, it has proven to be a successful trick.
When feeling queasy, open a window or head outside and practice some breathing exercises inhaling the fresh air. This tip is especially helpful when a smell or hot flashes are causing nausea.
Avoid Some Foods
One way to overcome nausea is to avoid it as much as possible.
Certain foods may increase your nausea for those prone to the gastrointestinal symptoms of endometriosis.
Avoid foods that are heavily seasoned, greasy, or acidic and dairy. Instead, stick to plain foods like white rice, bread, bananas, and skinless unseasoned chicken.
Another helpful tip is to avoid drinking coffee on an empty stomach, especially if you add milk, sugar, or creamer.
Add Some Foods
When nausea hits, there are many things you can eat that quickly relieves the discomfort.
A few foods to try are saltine crackers, ginger, peppermint, broth, tarragon, and chamomile.
Many people add these foods and herbs to their daily meals as a preventative measure as well.
Additionally, eating sour candy has been proven to be an effective solution for severe nausea. Sour food increases salivation and hunger, making it easier to stomach certain foods and smells.
Take Anti-Nausea Medications
Unfortunately, sometimes nausea can be crippling, and when it is, medication is a life saver.
Talk to your doctor about a prescription drug or opt for an over-the-counter option. Some of the most helpful medications that can be picked up at the store are Pepto-Bismol, Prilosec OTC, and Nausea Calm.
Remember to take anti-nausea pills with food to avoid expelling the pills. Even a few crackers or pretzels will be helpful.
Nausea and vomiting are some of the most common symptoms that cannabis is prescribed to treat. In fact, the plant works so well that it is the primary treatment for violently ill patients undergoing chemotherapy.
Nausea can be a mental or a physical symptom which is why cannabis is so effective; smoking calms both the mind and body.
A bonus is that cannabis treats nausea and other symptoms caused by endometriosis, like aches and pains.
Don’t pay attention to it
Although it is harder than it sounds, try ignoring your symptoms to the best of your ability. Of course, your nausea will not magically disappear when you stop paying attention to it; however, it can prevent it from worsening.
Sometimes when we feel nauseous, we focus too much on the feeling, resulting in gagging or vomiting. Instead, when you start to feel ill, just keep doing what you’re doing or find a way to distract yourself. Watching TV, listening to music, reading a book, or surfing the web are some activities that can help keep your mind off your nausea.
Consider Preventative Medications
When nausea and other symptoms become too severe, you may want to consider using preventative medications.
The two types of medications used are:
- Hormonal contraceptives- Birth control medication that reduces estrogen production resulting in slower growth of endometrial tissue.
- Gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists- A medication that places your menstrual cycle into hibernation, causing temporary menopause and slowing the release of estrogen and endometrial tissue growth.
This tip is simple but effective. When nausea hits, sit up straight and avoid laying down.
As our body tilts, so do the fluids in the stomach, causing them to move up and put pressure on the abdomen.
Endometriosis is often accompanied by many gastrointestinal conditions like GERD and bloating. GERD is a digestive disease that causes the liquids and acids in your stomach to reflux into the esophagus. When laying down, it is easier for the fluids to reflux and cause nausea and vomiting.
Unfortunately, many endometriosis patients feel much of their nausea in the morning and night because they lie down to sleep. To avoid these symptoms, try propping yourself upright before falling asleep.
Endometriosis is an excruciating condition that has a wide variety of symptoms. However, one of the most common symptoms of this disease is nausea, making the daily life of a sufferer extremely difficult.
Luckily, you can overcome these symptoms by managing your diet, taking medications, getting some fresh air, smoking cannabis, and more.