A Constant Urge to Pee But Nothing Comes Out
The first time I experienced the urge to puke was when my friend’s boyfriend had been drinking heavily and passed out in her bed. She woke up with him still asleep and found him passed out on top of her. They both got sick from it all, so they went to the hospital where they were diagnosed with alcohol poisoning.
When she told me what happened, I felt really bad because I thought it was my fault. My friend never mentioned anything about being drunk or having a boyfriend before. She just said “I have a habit of passing out at friends’ houses.” That’s not even true; she did it to pass the time between classes and other activities.
It wasn’t until years later that I realized that it wasn’t my fault after all. I knew that I had a problem, but I didn’t realize exactly why. Then one day while driving through the mountains, my car broke down.
I was stranded there for hours without food or water and it was getting dark. Suddenly something hit me hard: the urge to puke!
I remember thinking to myself “That’s right, if I couldn’t eat or drink anything else then I would puke!” And sure enough that’s what happened. I pulled over to a gas station and as soon as I walked in, I felt the nausea.
I couldn’t even make it to the bathroom; I ended up puking on the floor. The employee who was there said “Get out of here!” and started yelling at me. I guess I didn’t realize how loud I was being!
The next day at work I couldn’t stop thinking about it.
Why was that happening to me? What was I doing that could cause that to happen?
It was around then that I started to notice how much eating and drinking would give me the urge to puke. Over time it just became too much and I began experiencing the nausea even when I hadn’t eaten or drank anything.
This reminded me of the situation in high school so I decided to do some research about it online. The more I found, the more similar experiences I read about. Most of them also involved having the urge to puke after eating or drinking something.
It was then that it hit me: it wasn’t the food or drinks that were causing me to get sick, it was something else causing the nausea!
I started to think back to when I was driving through those mountains and came up with a theory about what happened. My car broke down and I was stranded there for hours without food or water. I felt the nausea, but I hadn’t actually eaten anything so I didn’t puke.
Then I drove through again a few days later and felt it again. This time I was actually eating something when it happened and sure enough I puked. It seems like my body sensed danger and prepared to vomit even though nothing was coming out.
Ever since then I’ve been taking medication to help with the nausea and it has helped quite a bit. I only have mild nausea on rare occasions these days. I’m just glad to finally know what my problem is and that there is a fix for it.
A few months ago I finally got around to buying some ginger candy just in case the nausea hits me again. I haven’t had to use it yet, but at least I’ll be prepared if it ever happens again!
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