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Director of Clinical Content

Prolonged puking

I've been throwing up once a day for 2 weeks straight. The doctor put me on some meds for acid reflux but I think it's making it worse. I threw up two times today and that's after being on the meds for two days. Help!
  • 18 years old
  • Height: 5'10
  • Weight: 166lbs
  • Medications: Lithium
  • Conditions: Bipolar

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Hello, something is wrong and I suggest you see a GI specialist. Unless you are pregnant there is no reason to be vomiting for 2 weeks.
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Time to step up the investigation. You should have labs done. You should ask your doctor about an ultrasound to check the liver and gallbladder....something is doing this and you need to get to the bottom of it. You may need endoscopy which is a tube down your throat to check your sounds worse than it is..Of course pregnancy must be considered if you appropriate...good luck
Possible causes include problems with the stomach, intestine, gallbladder, liver, pancreas or even appendix. Would recommend blood tests for liver, gallbladder and pancreatic function, as well as a complete blood count. Depending on these, and physical exam, you may need an ultrasound of the liver/gallbladder/pancreas, or even a CT scan of the abdomen. Lithium may be associated with drug-induced pancreatitis, which should show up on blood work and imaging. Would revisit your primary care doctor to take additional steps, and if not making progress then go to a GI specialist or even an ED.
Tristram Hill
So I think that I've been throwing up whenever I eat meat. I've never had this before so this is new to me. And I have been on the meds for 4 days now and I am still throwing up.
Did you have any bloodwork done ? If not, you need bloodwork evaluating for liver function, gallbladder, pancreas ASAP. You also need and ultrasound of your liver and gallbladder ASAP. If you can't in to see a GI specialist within a few days then consider ER as throwing up for 2 weeks isn't normal.
Did the meds, or more notably TUMS (even 4-6) make it better? Related to food or tome of day? Associated allergy features? If in the morning it could be related to swallowed mucus from allergy issues. If TUMS work it's acid related (food or stress?). If no improvement with TUMS or the PPI (prescription) I'd be more concerned and get further evaluation.
Sounds like you need to be seen in an emergency room for evaluation, Lab work , perhaps an ultrasound of your abdomen. you may need an endoscopy a tube passed down your food pipe to examine the mucosa.