What Causes Nausea in Fibromyalgia?

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Around 40-70% of fibromyalgia patients have complained about chronic nausea and vomiting. Nausea could vary in intensity. However, most patients have only experienced mild to moderate nausea. There are also patients who have to deal with persistent nausea that will sometimes last for several weeks. In fact, some has reported to have experienced nausea every single day. Such intense nausea can also exacerbate other symptoms, which prevent fibromyalgia patients from doing their day-to-day tasks.




Severe nausea should be diagnosed by a healthcare professional. This is to avoid any further complications that could lead to poor quality of life.

Symptoms that Comes With Nausea

Patients who experience nausea have also reported to suffer from accompanying symptoms and among these are:

  • Sweating
  • Dizziness
  • Faint
  • Chills
  • Difficulty of breathing
  • Palpitations

Possible Causes of Nausea

Nausea could happen due to a number of reasons. Among these are migraine, gastrointestinal ailments, motion sickness, airplane travel, etc. Nausea is basically your body’s response to the signals that it receives from the surrounding environment. Certain sounds, smells and even sight could send signals to the brain that could make one feel nauseated. Sometimes, extreme motion could lead to the feeling. Getting nauseated is how your body tells you to slow down.




Why Do Fibromyalgia Patients Feel Nauseous?

Medication and illness are sometimes the reason behind nausea. It can also happen if your body reject certain toxins in your body, such as high level of alcohol, medications etc. Fibromyalgia patients will experience nausea due to a number of reasons. In order to find relief, it’s important to know the factor that triggers the feeling of nausea. Among the possible factors are:

  • Problem with disequilibrium – a lot of fibromyalgia patients have experienced imbalance on their equilibrium. Your body balances itself by maintaining certain equilibrium. If this falls out of place, then it is likely that you will feel nauseous.
  • Weak eye muscles – fibromyalgia could make the muscles in your eyes weak. When this happens, you will feel nauseated, especially if you try to read a book.
  • Migraines – almost half of fibromyalgia patients are suffering from migraines and other chronic headaches. As mentioned above, migraine could be the reason behind your nausea.
  • Irritable Bowel syndrome (IBS) – IBS is a common condition associated with fibromyalgia. In fact it is theorized to be the cause of fibromyalgia in some patients. IBS causes gastrointestinal symptoms like diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and constipation. These symptoms can result in nausea.
  • Neurally Mediated Hypotension – this condition is due to low blood pressure from faulty brain signals. It occurs when one stands up in a sudden usually after a prolonged period of sitting or lying down. The drop in blood pressure results in dizziness, perspiration, increased heart rate and nausea. Fibro patients are very susceptible to neutrally mediated hypotension.

How to Treat and Prevent Nausea

There are a wide variety of treatments available to treat your nausea and keep it from coming back. It’s important that you discuss with your doctor what would be the best option for you. Among the medications that will be prescribed are:

  • Antihistamines – this medicine works by blocking the histamine receptors of your body. They will specifically block your brain’s vomiting signals and will therefore prevent nausea.
  • Emetrol – this can be obtained without doctor’s prescription. Aside from nausea, it is also used to treat upset stomach and vomiting.

Aside from taking medications, making some changes in your diet could help prevent your symptoms of nausea. Increasing intake of starchy foods can help to absorb the excess acid in your stomach which can cause stomach upset and nausea. Avoid acidic food or drinks which includes citrus fruits and juices as they are known to increase nausea.  If you’re vomiting or feeling nauseated, try to stay hydrated as much as possible.

7 Comments

  • I have just suffered The MOTHER of all flare ups following Bariatric surgery.
    All of the symptoms you’ve given with nausea but like I’ve never experienced before!
    It was accompanied by a vile smell and taste of chemicals. I didn’t know how else to describe it.

    • I thought I was imagining the chemical smells and tastes! I’m so glad to hear I’m not alone. My doctor has been telling me my chronic nausea and vomiting is due to post nasal drip, but I’ve been on antihistamines, decongestants and zofran. And I’m still feeling the same and experiencing the chemical smells and tastes.

  • Hi all with Nausea !! It was everyday for about two years I mean every time I passed a sink toilet or trash basket I felt like I was going to barf !! I hate this feeling. I found that 50mg of Hydroxizine did the trick even if I had a food intolarence (to which I have many just depends on the day) I would take that and it would ease up and it was a miracle for me.

    I still have it from time to time mostly when I am warn out and just do not realize it. It is the thing that causes me to pause, slow down, take it easy and be nurturing to myself.

    I journaled for years to find my weak links. I am sure now that any deviation from my program is a potential problem so when I travel I plan fo this and the IBS !!

    The only symptom I can not deal with via medication or PT , meditation or even some other Homeopathic medicine or even essential oils I practically live with them daily in a diffuser is pain. Heat helps sometimes but only a hot water bottle !!

    Hope this helps and if anyone has any other tips for pain please email me I would so appreciate it. I was taking Vicodin but as it stands now this is unavailable to me where I am now living. I totally understand we have a problem in this Country but my God did no one think about what if these do not work any longer no one planned for that. Except Lyrica, Neuronton, Cymbalta, and a few other Antidepressants that do absolutely nothing but put additional weight on you causing more pain it throws everything into a tail spin. I have tried them all more than three times in the last twenty plus years I have been dealing with this.

    Be well, live and let live , accept the things you cannot change !!

    Love yourself up out of bed. Moving is really the key to some of the pain but not always !!

    Blessings …

    • Jan,
      Thank you for sharing your experience. We totally agree that Antidepressants are not ideal because of the side effects of weight gain. We worked on a series of Fibromyalgia Pain Tips that focuses on natural ways to relieve pain. Hope some of the tips can be helpful to you. You can find them in this link:
      http://healthiculture.com/category/fibro-tips/

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