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hi,i am writing for info for my best friend she has a hard time keeping food down.

By Anonymous January 27, 2010 - 12:33am
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hi , my friend has had trouble keeping food done for about a month . i just found out and am wondering what may be the problem and how i can help her. thank you rick mayer

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Hi Rick,

Thanks for posting this on behalf of your friend. Since she is a woman, I am going to ask the obvious question: Is there a possibility for pregnancy? And if so, has she been tested? If we can completely rule out pregnancy, not being able to keep anything down for a month can severely dehydrate a person and malnourishment is definitely an issue. Is there a reason why she has not seen a doctor about this? It can be caused by something such as overeating or food poisoning (which would have most likely resolved itself by now),gastritis, bowel obstruction, etc.

One month is a really long time, I would urge for her to see her doctor or better yet go to the ER. At this point, if she really can't keep anything down dehydration has probably ensued. Unfortunately, I only have one symptom to go by and there can be multiple reasons for it. Please update and keep us posted to better help your friend.


January 27, 2010 - 5:12am
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thank you rosa for responding. she has been hiding this from me for some time and just came clean about it yesterday. she is a 6'0 tall 130 lb. woman . since i've known her she eat her meals extremely fast, i have read on one of the posting that this could be a cause. i fear though that it might be an intestinal restriction. i personally take probiotics and they have helped me with my intestinal issues and have recommended them for her also. she has had a breast cancer scare two years ago. and is also getting numbness in her leg that the doctor has done an mri on and can't seem to figure out the cause. she is 48 years old and is otherwise in reasonably good shape, we have a construction buisness together once again thank for your response, rick

January 27, 2010 - 7:55pm
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Your friend is lucky to have you on her side. At 6'0, 130 is very thin. When she "came clean" about it to you yesterday, did she tell you anything else? If she is seeing a doctor for the numbness in her leg, she didn't mention this to him?

Does she have trouble keeping liquids down? Or just solid food?

Is it possible that your friend has an eating disorder? In other words, perhaps she "hid" the vomiting from you (and from others) because she is ashamed of it?

She may have gastrointestinal issues that are too severe for something like probiotics to help. She could be dealing with gallbladder problems, gastroenteritis, a hiatal hernia, a stomach ulcer, etc. There are many conditions -- easily fixable -- that could be at the center of her problem.

Did anything else in her life change a month ago? A new medicine, or stopping an old one, for instance? A major life stress or change?

January 29, 2010 - 9:15am
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