If you feel sick all the time, there is a problem with your general health, although it isn’t in itself a disease. Feeling sick all the time usually involves nausea, because your digestive system slows down or because there is a reverse flow of the digested food in your small intestine.
Other causes of feeling ill include food poisoning, pregnancy, use of certain kinds of drugs, and infection. In order to alleviate the nauseous, uncomfortable feelings, you must find the underlying cause of the problem, and then that cause must be treated.
Why are You Feeling Sick All the Time?
When you over-eat, it can cause you to feel nauseous all the time. If you have a weak or surgically repaired digestive system, you are more prone to these types of problems. The best way to handle this issue is by not over-eating in the first place, or by taking antacids after you eat.
- Anxiety, Stress & Fear
Your body will release adrenaline when you’re fearful, anxious or stressed. This additional adrenaline may cause a digestive imbalance for some people, which leads to a feeling of nausea. These cases are typically temporary, but if you have chronic anxiety and stress, you may want to seek out professional help, so that you can learn to handle your stress, with meditation, yoga, acupressure or prescription or homeopathic medications.
Abusing alcohol may lead to feeling sick all the time. Nausea and headaches are commonly experienced when you are hung over. Watch how much you drink if you don’t want to feel nauseous and sick the next morning. You can clear your stomach if you drink one or two liters of water, each liter mixed with a tablespoon of soda.
- Food Poisoning
You can experience food poisoning if you eat food that has been infected with bacteria. The most common signs of food poisoning include abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever, nausea and vomiting. If you experience food poisoning, be sure that you maintain your body’s hydration level, by continuously taking in fluids and electrolytes. Consult your doctor if you believe that you are suffering from serious food poisoning, which usually includes a fever.
- Morning Sickness
If you’re a woman, one of the more common causes of feeling sick is pregnancy. The nausea you experience during a pregnancy is known as morning sickness. These feelings occur most often during the early months of pregnancy. Lack of estrogen and vitamin B6 are two main factors that contribute to morning sickness.
- Food Allergies
You may be allergic to specific foods, and if you consume them, it can cause nausea and then vomiting. If you make sudden changes to your diet, this can trigger allergic reactions, as well. To get rid of these feelings of sickness, manage your diet carefully and don’t consume any foods you are allergic to.
Migraines are severe headaches that create pressure within your skull. They also affect your cerebro-spinal fluid. Your nervous system responds to this extreme pressure with diarrhea and vomiting, along with feeling sick all the time. See a health professional for targeted treatment plans. Take deep, long breaths when you are experiencing a migraine, to provide at least some measure of relief.
- Certain Medications
Pain medications, including NSAIDS, morphine and aspirin may trigger nausea, since they reduce the functional capacity of the stomach. The nausea will go away if you discontinue using the medicine. You may take food with your medications, as this can sometimes alleviate the problem.
- Pancreas or Gall Bladder Inflammation
If your nausea also brings upper abdomen pain, you may have gall stones or pancreatitis. They are more common in people who have diabetes. Seek medical attention immediately if you experience this type of pain and nausea.
10. Viral Gastroenteritis
Stomach flu or viral gastroenteritis may cause abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting and fever. If your immune system is normal, you will recover from this disease fairly easily. When you have the stomach flu, drink plenty of water, to replenish the fluids in your body that you lose when you have diarrhea and vomit.
- Cancer & Chemotherapy
One of the main side effects of chemotherapy is feeling sick all the time. The severity depends on the drugs used. Some cancers also cause nausea and vomiting. Preventive medicines can be taken during chemotherapy, to reduce the ill effects.
This is a medical complication during which nerves related to the stomach muscles become damaged. This will reduce your stomach’s ability to completely empty. IBS, GERD, peptic ulcer and dyspepsia may also cause nausea and vomiting. If you take an anti-emetic medication, it can reduce those feelings of sickness.
What to do if you’re Feeling Sick All the Time
In acupressure, someone (or you yourself) applies pressure to specific body points in order to reduce not only pain but also the symptoms associated with feeling sick all the time. When these acupressure points are touched, it stimulates your body to produce endorphins and serotonin. These chemicals help in the reduction of feeling sick.
- Ginger Tea
Drinking ginger tea eases nausea. Ginger contains phenol, a chemical that reduces stomach tissue irritation. It helps your intestines to process food more speedily. Ginger also can stimulate your body to produce enzymes that will neutralize stomach acid.
- Cool Compress
Applying a cool compress on the neck helps in reducing those sick feelings. An icepack inside a washcloth can be placed under your neck to get relief from your nausea.
- Over-the-Counter (OTC) Medications
OTC medicines may help in alleviating your nausea, since they neutralize stomach acid and blanket your stomach lining to ease upset. Some of these medications include antacids, glucose, fructose and phosphoric acid. Medications like Bonine and Dramamine reduce vomiting by blocking the receptors in the brain that initiate vomiting.
- Peppermint & Lemon
Peppermint smell has a calming effect on an upset stomach. Peppermint oil rubbed on the gums will bring fast relief. Fresh lemon reduces nausea by calming your stomach. Inhaling a sliced lemon can also reduce nausea.
When should you See a Doctor?
If you have been feeling sick all the time for three days or more, consult your doctor right away. Likewise, if you experience any of the issues below, contact your physician without delay:
- Unclear vision
- Intense headaches
- Intense pain in abdomen
- Recent head trauma
- High grade fever
- Vomiting with blood
- Neck stiffness
- Elevated heart rate