Unexplained chronic vomiting
A friend has had this for three months. He's lost 30 pounds. Tells me that tests have ruled out the common causes, like celiac and Crohn's. He's going to be admitted to the hospital for further tests next week.
Someone told him that this could mean testicular cancer, and he's freaked.
He's 60, a lifelong smoker, but he's in excellent shape. Any less scary diagnoses to suggest?
|by Anonymous||reply 45||02/03/2013|
I had felt off for about a week when I suddenly fell over and hit the floor. I had no balance and everything was spinning. It caused severe nausea. I had fluid in my inner ear canals---a lot of it, actually. I was told not to drive for a week, signed off work and given medication to dry it up. I literally could not get out of bed without throwing up until the medication kicked in.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||01/09/2013|
My sister had the same problem for years.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||01/09/2013|
My aunt had chronic vomiting, was in her late 60s and smoked for 40 years. The endoscope and biopsy confirmed stomach cancer. It was probably genetic since her mother and aunt died of the same illness. My aunt passed away about 6 months after diagnosis. Chemo didn't help in her case.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||01/09/2013|
Perhaps he should stop watching re-runs of Desperate Housewives.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||01/09/2013|
Chronic is meant to be smoked, not eaten.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||01/09/2013|
Does he have to suffer well-meaning dingbats saying things like, "Hey! You look like you've lost done weight!"
|by Anonymous||reply 7||01/09/2013|
Maybe an intestinal or colon or bowel blockage.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||01/09/2013|
I thought testicular cancer is one of the rare cancers that happens more commonly in the young. If he's 60, it's probably not that.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||01/09/2013|
Does this happen when he's around ethnics, OP?
|by Anonymous||reply 10||01/09/2013|
broken fridge turned into a germs nest?
|by Anonymous||reply 13||01/10/2013|
My dad had nausea and stomach problems, coupled with rapid weight loss (something like 30 pounds in the space of a couple months). They couldn't find anything, but when they did a did an MRI or whatever, they found he had a hernia. They put in a mesh screen, and he's been fine since.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||01/10/2013|
A friend currently has same problem. Tests showed she had gastroparesis and her stomach is extremely slow to empty. Why this suddenly occured has not yet been explained in her case.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||01/10/2013|
R14 and R16, thanks. I'll tell him to make sure he's tested. He's been drinking Ensure and is starting to put weight back on.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||01/10/2013|
[quote]a lifelong smoker, but he's in excellent shape
Tell that to his jet-black lungs.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||01/10/2013|
Same thing happened to me after seeing "Les Miserables"
|by Anonymous||reply 19||01/10/2013|
As a lifelong smoker, he could have tumors all over the place. Has he inspected himself for suspicious lumps?
|by Anonymous||reply 20||01/10/2013|
Maybe it's something he ate. For three months straight.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||01/10/2013|
I can't think of any tests in which he would have to check in as a hospital patient.
Hospitals don't admit you just to run tests.
If they were going to admit him for his vomiting, they would do it now.
I don't think you're getting the whole story, OP.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||01/10/2013|
[quote] Someone told him that this could mean testicular cancer, and he's freaked.
Testicular cancer is palpable if it's at the point where it is causing vomiting, . You don't need to go into a hospital for that.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||01/10/2013|
Could be lung cancer metastasized to liver, pancreas, gallbladder or stomach.
That was the case with my grandmother - longtime smoker who went in for a previously diagnosed ulcer. It was all over the place, and there was nothing they could do.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||01/10/2013|
He is not in good shape if he has lost 30 lbs in 3 months. There are any number of reasons he could be vomiting from a bowel obstruction due to a hernia to some type of GI cancer.
Need much much more information to be able to answer the question. Sounds like he is doing the right thing and he will know what the problem is soon.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||01/10/2013|
You don't even go into a hospital for a colonoscopy or gastroscopy anymore. It's done in the the doctor's office of a GI specialist.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||01/10/2013|
It's death. He's dying. I hope he's got a will.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||01/10/2013|
Well, the odds are against him in all health respects if he is a lifelong smoker and sixty freakin' years old. Coupled with his symptoms, it could be any of a number of things. Probably not testicular cancer, though, since, as another poster stated, that usually affects much younger men. Why THAT fear, of all things? There are infinite OTHER things that could be wrong!
|by Anonymous||reply 28||01/10/2013|
My disabled BIL had metastatic testicular cancer. He never vomited. It was discovered by a PA when he palpated masses that had spread to the abdomen
BIL had surgery, chemo, radiation. That was over 20 years ago. He's fine. Still hasn't vomited even once.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||01/10/2013|
He's tried to quit smoking many times. Last round was Chantix, but he said it didn't help. What's annoying is that he's in denial about the health risks--keeps telling me how the tobacco will prevent Alzheimer's and things like that.
He told me that the vomiting is the only symptom, and he doesn't have pain.
I agree that I'm not getting the whole story.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||01/10/2013|
What about an esophageal problem? He fits the demographic for esophageal cancer: Over-50 male smoker. Regardless, he should get it dealt with NOW before it spreads.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||01/10/2013|
Esophageal cancer is hopeless, R32. Doesn't matter when you deal with it.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||01/10/2013|
Probably a bowel obstruction secondary to a tumor. He should have been hospitalized immediately. Start preparing for some very bad news.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||01/10/2013|
Once a year (for the past 10 yrs) I get this chronic vomiting syndrome/thing for two weeks. I get the dry heaves for almost a week and can not sleep for almost the entire time (unless I take sleeping pills). It's gets worse after the first day. I have honestly considered suicide because I was so sick.
This year I started with the vomiting syndrome and was so sick that I had to go to the hospital (I don't have insurance). I was hospitalized in November for 2 weeks due to chronic (22 hrs a day) vomiting. I had bloody diarrhea and was vomiting blood. I had every type of test that they could give me (biopsy, MRI, colonoscopy etc). They were giving me anti-nausea medication they could give me. They said cancer patients on chemo/radiation don't take that much of this medication. After $32,000 worth of medical treatment the doctors still aren't able to determine what was wrong with me
|by Anonymous||reply 36||01/10/2013|
Oddly enough, r36, the same has happened to me two years straight now. I had the physical symptoms you describe, as well as a sense of doom and high anxiety. Docs found nothing.
Are you on any kinds of meds? I'm 43 and a very light drinker. I stopped coffee after this year's bout.
I was beside myself with terror.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||01/10/2013|
I don't suppose he's shouting "Why don't you fuck her up the ass" or "Let Jesus fuck you".. by chance?
|by Anonymous||reply 38||01/10/2013|
R36 and R37, this isn't about you.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||01/10/2013|
Has the puker croaked yet?
|by Anonymous||reply 40||01/10/2013|
I've been so worried about him, and the more I read the worse it gets. But somehow, in a perverse sort of way, R40 has made me feel a lot better.
"Has the puker croaked yet?" will be my greeting the next time I see him.
|by Anonymous||reply 41||01/11/2013|
R22, I'm not sure why you think that. I have the same problem as OP's friend and I was admitted to the hospital for 4 days after the second major vomiting event happened to me and had all kinds of tests done.
OP, I'd be curious to find out what the doctors tell your friend is causing his vomiting. My doctors can't find a reason for mine. It happened out of the blue one night and occurs whether I eat or not. I have no other symptoms other than the vomiting. I'm nauseous from the time I get up until the time I go to bed and I can only stomach eating a quarter of what I normally would but Zofran and Phenergan help a lot, thankfully.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||01/13/2013|
The puker is having his gallbladder removed. Oddly, no gallstones.
|by Anonymous||reply 43||02/03/2013|
A close relative had this and was eventually diagnosed with Lyme Disease. No one wanted to give this diagnosis and yet it was eventually caught and treated successfully. It was assumed that the tick bite happened years prior and the Lyme came on late, which apparently is not unusual.
|by Anonymous||reply 44||02/03/2013|
my grandfather has some sort of blood disorder that started with seemingly unrelated vomiting. It was fairly quick and fatal. A few months.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||02/03/2013|