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For rwo weeks I was throwing up every evening at about seven

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For rwo weeks I was throwing up every evening at about seven O'clock.
I felt o.k afterwards
Whats worrying me is that I've lost loads of weight since,and because I havearthritis
in my knees walking nowis easier but the weight loss is sccaring me.
I'm a 76year old lady.advise please.everyongistelling me howthin I've become.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 3 years ago.
Hello from JustAnswer.
It will help if you could provide some further information.
If I understand you correctly, you are not vomiting at other times of the day, correct?
Are you able to eat and drink fluids normally through the rest of the day?
Or are you not hungry or thirsty during the rest of the day?
How much weight have you lost over the two weeks?
Are you taking any chronic medicines?
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 3 years ago.
I had asked for some further information and have not heard back.

There are several issues to consider in this situation.

There are many possible causes of nausea and vomiting. The most common cause of short duration is a viral infection of the gut, but with persistence of symptoms for 2 weeks, there should be consideration of other possible causes, such as gastritis, ulcers, gallbladder disease, or pancreatic disease. Significant weight loss over a period of two weeks while having nausea and vomiting is usually a sign of dehydration.

Although it would require a proper evaluation to determine the exact cause, it would be OK to use an over the counter medicine to suppress stomach acid to see if it is helpful. It also would be important to increase the amount of fluid intake to improve hydration, and preferably fluids that are better for hydration, such as fruit juices or sports drinks.

If I can provide any clarification, please let me know.