What is chronic nausea?

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William B. Salt II., MD
Gastroenterology
Nausea is usually described as a queasy, sick to the stomach sensation that may progress to the feeling of impending vomiting and ultimately to vomiting. Chronic nausea is a common functional symptom, while functional vomiting is rare. Some patients with chronic nausea describe an associated upper abdominal discomfort that could be considered to be dyspepsia (pain or discomfort centered in the upper abdomen), so chronic nausea is usually considered to be a form of chronic dyspepsia. Associated symptoms related to the autonomic nervous system are common, such as sweating and light-headedness. Finally, many report associated fatigue and even depression of mood.
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