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Nausea after fruit diet, taking Hydro Zyme to add stomach acid, tests showed H. pylori infection. What has happened to me?

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Experts on Gastro problems, please help me get my life back! :(

Hi there,

Ive had the weirdest issue going on now for a stupidly long time (14months).

Back in January 2011 I tried a detox of only eating fruit for 7 days to help cleanse my body.
I chose to eat only grapes and after 3 days i fell violently ill. It felt like stupendous nausea, as if my body was being crushed

I went back to my normal eating habits straight away but couldnt shake the intense nausea and ill feeling. After 3 months of feeling incredibly nauseous and sick so much to the point that i didnt leave the house for 3 months, i began taking a supplement called Hydro Zyme which helped to add more stomach acid (following advice of a family friend who is a nutritional therapist) and i began to feel better. However the stomach acid supplement didnt help me feel 100% again. Now, its been 1 and a half years now and i havent recovered.

I wake up every morning and feel sick/nauseous all day long. The only thing that helps the nausea to go away a little bit is to constantly keep my stomach full of food ALL DAY LONG. I know this is a really weird problem, and makes no sense, believe me, ive seen so many doctors and had so many testS. Ive had all manner of blood tests and endoscopies and colonscopies. The only thing that came back is a H.Pylori infection, which i had treatment for, and a recent stool sample said that the infection has gone.

Do you have any idea what has happened to me and why i cant shake this? Ive been so ill now for so long, i have lost my job and ive had to drop out of university. I feel sick ALL day long, and massively nauseous. The doctors dont have a clue what to do with me. I was completely fine before i ate grapes every day for a few days (I know how crazy this sounds!)

Please help!
Posted Wed, 23 May 2012 in Constipation
Answered by Dr. Ketan Vagholkar 25 hours later
Thanks for writing in.
I do understand your concern. I would like to reassure you that you don't have to worry if all your tests are normal.
I would suggest the following
Go back to your normal diet. Your diet should have about 45-55% carbohydrates, 15-25% protein, and 20-25% fat. You should also be consuming 5-6 servings of fruits and vegetables in a day. Amongst the fruits eat bananas. That will help in regaining bowel motility and reduce nauseous feeling by improving liver function. Take plenty of yoghurt.
Liver tonics like sorbitol, tricholine citrate or ornithine containg compounds will help in developing your appetite
I would also suggest you start exercising for atleast 30 minutes daily.
Also, de-stressing with yoga or meditation or with a friend or a psychologist can help.
Please try this for atleast 2-3 weeks and we can take this up from there.
Hope this helps. I will be available for follow ups.
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