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I throw up food within 1 minute of eating

I am facing a unique condition whereby I am not able to retain food at all. I throw up within 1 to 2 minutes of eating anything. There is no pain, no bile, no discomfort at all. Just that I have been suffering from this problem for over a year now, and there is no diagnosis and hence no solution in sight.
All my tests are normal and I feel hungry all times but can’t retain food. One doctor said this might be atypical migraine, although I don’t have any of the symptoms of abdominal migraine. Does anyone else have this condition? Any suggestions or recommendations?

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  • mygrainetoo
    5 years ago

    Besides examining the possibility acid reflux I suggest you look at any labels of processed food you are eating. I get migraines from all types of yeasts, yeast extracts, malted barleys. Check the ‘soda crackers’ if you are eating those. All that I have found in stores have yeast or yeast extract in them. NOT GLUTEN. I can eat biscuits, waffles, pancakes, tortillas, cornbread just fine. If you go to studies in England they have discovered that people with migraines who think they are gluten sensitive are actually more sensitive to yeasts as migraine triggers.

  • Lori B
    5 years ago

    It may be a form of abdominal migraine. About 10 years ago, something similar happened to me. I could not eat chewable food with throwing up of suffering from dry heaves. I was ok with liquids and soups, just not food that required chewing

    I was seen at the Mayo Clinic and they prescribed a low dose of Paxil (10mg). That worked. The working theory at the time is the nerve center in the head is similar to the nerve center in the stomach. Calming the nerves with a drug traditionally used for the head had the same calming effect on the stomach.

  • Rachel P
    5 years ago

    This happened to my mother, who has been a chronic migraine sufferer for over 50 years now. She wasn’t able to keep anything down, and lost over 40 pounds. All of her tests came back normal, and then ran just about every test on the digestive system that one can think of. She’s finally been able to keep things down again as of late, but she’s very limited in how much she eats. She still gets the nausea and vomiting that comes with her regular migraines.
    She had never even heard of abdominal migraines until I brought them up, so it’s something that she’s going to start talking about with her doctors.
    It’s not just you! And I hope that you find an answer to what’s going on soon.

  • The Migraine Girl moderator
    5 years ago

    Dear md74:

    I’m so sorry to hear about this. It sounds really awful and it must be so frustrating to not have a diagnosis (and therefore no definite treatment options). I know that some migraine patients have migraine without headache (often called silent migraine). There’s a link about that below. I’ve also included a link about migraine and nausea. Also: those with a family history of migraine sometimes suffer from cyclic vomiting syndrome (CVS)–it may be worth your time to look into that as well.


    Best of luck to you. I hope one of our readers (or perhaps one of my colleagues here at will have more insight for you. Until then, take care.

    -Janet G., “The Migraine Girl”

  • Luna
    5 years ago

    Are you able to keep down liquids or milk shake type substance?

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