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What causes persistent nausea?

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Posted on Tue, 8 Jul 2014
Question: I feel nausea all the time and find eating difficult.
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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James (32 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
different possible causes

Detailed Answer:
Hi, thanks for using healthcare magic

Persistent nausea can be related to different causes such as: (1) viseral disease- this means related to the internal organs
(2)Metabolic or toxic causes
(3)central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) causes
(4)psychiatric causes


(1)Viseral causes of persistent nausea are:(a) GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)
(b)gallbladder disease (c) liver disease (d) obstruction of the bowel by a mass


(2) Metabolic or toxic causes are (a) side effect of medication
(b)high level of calcium in the blood
(c)high levels of urea


(3)Central nervous system causes
(a)bleed or mass in the brain
(b)vertigo

Since it is persisting your doctor may want to consider blood tests and imaging to see if a cause can be determine. Bloods may include a complete blood count, electrolyte levels, liver function tests

Imaging of the abdomen may also be considered. This may be in the form of an ultrasound or CT.

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions

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What causes persistent nausea?

Brief Answer: different possible causes Detailed Answer: Hi, thanks for using healthcare magic Persistent nausea can be related to different causes such as: (1) viseral disease- this means related to the internal organs (2)Metabolic or toxic causes (3)central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) causes (4)psychiatric causes (1)Viseral causes of persistent nausea are:(a) GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) (b)gallbladder disease (c) liver disease (d) obstruction of the bowel by a mass (2) Metabolic or toxic causes are (a) side effect of medication (b)high level of calcium in the blood (c)high levels of urea (3)Central nervous system causes (a)bleed or mass in the brain (b)vertigo Since it is persisting your doctor may want to consider blood tests and imaging to see if a cause can be determine. Bloods may include a complete blood count, electrolyte levels, liver function tests Imaging of the abdomen may also be considered. This may be in the form of an ultrasound or CT. I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions