Options for the Therapeutic Treatment of Severe Nausea
Imagine being tormented by an unrelenting upset stomach. So much so that it prohibits your ability to eat on a regular basis. This issue then causes a greater deterioration in your general health as you progressively lack your source for vital nutrients.
Sound like something from a horror movie? This problem is a frustrating reality for many individuals suffering from a variety of medical conditions and complications that can arise from surgery or certain therapeutic treatments.
Proper nutrition plays an important role in the ability of a person to fight or recover from disease or injury. Severe nausea limits not only the ability, but desire of an individual to ingest the necessary foods to promote a healthy immune system and healing response. This ailment also creates a situation of even greater concern when working toward a positive medical outcome.
It is not uncommon for chronic patients to seek the use of alternative and natural methods to address their symptoms. This can arise from a heavy regime of medications which are contributing to the nausea or the desire to limit the amount of chemicals that are being placed into the body. One extremely effective approach is the use of cannabis, or medical marijuana.
A number of studies and personal observations have shown the symptoms of severe nausea have decreased with the use of cannabis. These improvements include not only diminished nausea, but an increase in appetite.
One study of note conducted in 2007 was of AIDS patients who showed an increase of not only their appetite, but their overall body weight when using medical marijuana to treat their severe nausea.
Another study was published in the New York State Journal of Medicine which noted that roughly 60 percent of patients suffering from severe nausea did not respond to the standard medications prescribed as antiemetics. Of these non responders, nearly 80 percent of them found positive relief when inhaled medical marijuana was introduced as a part of their therapy.
Nausea (Latin nausea, from Greek ναυσίη, nausiē, “motion sickness”, “feeling sick,” “queasy” or “wamble”) is a sensation of unease and discomfort in the upper stomach with an involuntary urge to vomit. It often, but not always, precedes vomiting. A person can suffer nausea without vomiting.
Nausea is a non-specific symptom, which means that it has many possible causes. Some common causes of nausea are motion sickness, dizziness, migraine, fainting, gastroenteritis (stomach infection) or food poisoning. Side effects of many medications including cancer chemotherapy, nauseants or morning sickness in early pregnancy. Nausea may also be caused by anxiety, disgust and depression.
Medications taken to prevent nausea are called antiemetics and include diphenhydramine, metoclopramide and ondansetron.