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What causes constant nausea, vomiting and sharp pain between the ribs?

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Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha

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Posted on Mon, 6 Jun 2016 in Digestion and Bowels
Question: i have been nauseated and sweating profusely all day. I feel like I am having XXXXXXX XXXXXXX all the time. I will throw up whenever. cant keep food down. I have a sharp pain like I have a pencil stuck in me between my ribs below my sternum. very tired.
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Answered by Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha 2 hours later
Brief Answer:
Gastroesophageal reflux seem to be the cause.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic.

I have gone very carefully through your query. The entire problem seems to be centered around one single problem which is gastroesophageal reflux. Our gastrointestinal tract has a forward propulsive movment (peristalsis) that moves the food material forward as it is digested, absorbed and finally expelled as feces. If somehow this movement gets hampered, food along with the digestive juices would stagnate. Stomach acids are meant for digestion and in lack of forward propulsive movement would regurgitate backward leading to nausea, hiccups (what you refer to as XXXXXXX hicks) as well as sharp pain below sternum (pencil stuck).

In order to relieve yourself, you need to do the following:
* Avoid spicy food. Take small but frequent meals. Avoid long gaps between meals.
* Avoid alcohol intake.
* Take omeprazole once daily before breakfast.
* Take plenty of green leafy vegetables as well as other sources of dietary fibers. Take fiber supplements like isabgol/psyllium husk or senna.
* Regular morning walk and exercise to keep the bowel movements proper.

Hope that helps.

Let me know if I could hep further.

Regards
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