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Old 02-27-2009, 12:02 PM
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Is it possible to vomit without nausea?

I know you can have nausea without vomiting (I do on a semi-regular basis), but its it possible to vomit without feeling nauseous?
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Old 02-27-2009, 12:06 PM
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Kids and dogs seem to be able to do it.

There's been times when I was brushing my teeth where I really tweaked my gag reflex and got that telltale feeling of imminent discharge, but wasn't nauseous.
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Old 02-27-2009, 12:08 PM
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Yes. Nausea comes from your brain (the medulla, to be precise), vomiting comes when the muscles in your esophagus get out of order (that is, the peristaltic action is literally reversed because the lower bands of muscle squeeze too soon and move stuff up instead of down.) While the two are most often linked, they can happen independently.

My son was a vomiter without nausea when he was little. Joyous times, those weren't. It did make the doctors check him for lesions in his brain (which he didn't have.) but it was ultimately just "one of those things he'll grow out of". And he did.
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Old 02-27-2009, 12:15 PM
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So, this is uncommon for adults? I was eating dinner with my best friend last night, and suddenly it came back up, she said she wasn't feeling sick at all. Totally freaky!
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Old 02-27-2009, 12:25 PM
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So, this is uncommon for adults? I was eating dinner with my best friend last night, and suddenly it came back up, she said she wasn't feeling sick at all. Totally freaky!
It's uncommon in that it doesn't happen often, but it's not - for an isolated incident - really worrisome. If it continues to happen, it's worth getting it checked out.
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Old 02-27-2009, 12:27 PM
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My girlfriend can toss her cookies if she eats something that's too hot too fast. It just gets about halfway down and turns right back around.

When I was a kid, I refunded something I ate so fast I didn't even have time to stand up from the dinner table. I still can't eat that dish.

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Old 02-27-2009, 12:36 PM
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Vomiting without nausea can also be caused by swelling in the brain case.
It can be accompainied by a headache, and is usually projectile, meaning it can travel several feet.
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Old 02-27-2009, 02:14 PM
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Is your friend pregnant? I had that once in a while when I was. Walking along, feeling fine, all of a sudden "oops, gonna barf!"
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Old 02-27-2009, 02:29 PM
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I've done it when I was cleaning up after one of the kid's was sick. The impulse just when straight from my nose to my barf reflex. No real nausea involved.
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Old 02-27-2009, 02:46 PM
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There have been times when I've imbibed great amounts of alcohol, and it wasn't so much a matter of nausea as it was a matter of internal pressure (and probably a number of other factors I don't understand).
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Old 02-27-2009, 03:43 PM
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Sometimes I burp, and it turns out it was partially digested food instead of gas. No nausea involved there.
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Old 02-27-2009, 07:03 PM
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I just did it. Ive been coughing for a week and as i was taking a leak, i coughed hard and threw up in the toilet. Feels good actually, ive been needing that.
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Old 02-27-2009, 11:14 PM
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There is a yoga that involves voluntary vomiting as a way of exercising bodily control. Practitioners advise using ice cream to start.
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Old 02-28-2009, 01:54 AM
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Sometimes I burp, and it turns out it was partially digested food instead of gas. No nausea involved there.
The Vurp.
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Old 02-28-2009, 02:01 AM
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I just did it. Ive been coughing for a week and as i was taking a leak, i coughed hard and threw up in the toilet. Feels good actually, ive been needing that.
Done that one a couple times. I find it more irritating than feeling good myself.
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Old 02-28-2009, 09:12 PM
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There is a yoga that involves voluntary vomiting as a way of exercising bodily control. Practitioners advise using ice cream to start.
That sounds really unsafe! Might this practice not lead to bulimia? Voluntary vomiting is the main bulimic activity, if nothing else.
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Old 02-28-2009, 09:47 PM
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There's been times when I was brushing my teeth where I really tweaked my gag reflex and got that telltale feeling of imminent discharge, but wasn't nauseous.
Yep, this happened to me the morning of my wedding day. Nerves might have played a part, but I wasn't nauseous at all.
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Old 03-01-2009, 12:06 AM
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I've had the occasional coughing fit trigger my gag reflex. Fun times!
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Old 03-01-2009, 05:52 AM
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Also, some people can intentionally vomit. My high school biology teacher once told us about a college roommate of his with the nickname "Albatross." He could induce vomiting through some jaw motions that nobody else every understood. He did it as a party trick.
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Old 03-01-2009, 05:53 AM
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That sounds really unsafe! Might this practice not lead to bulimia? Voluntary vomiting is the main bulimic activity, if nothing else.
Not really, because the reason for the vomiting is different. Vomiting doesn't lead to bulimia, bulimia leads to vomiting.
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Old 03-01-2009, 09:54 AM
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Also, some people can intentionally vomit. My high school biology teacher once told us about a college roommate of his with the nickname "Albatross." He could induce vomiting through some jaw motions that nobody else every understood. He did it as a party trick.
Probably would have made a good sword swallower. Some people just have (or discover) how to relax the supposedly "involuntary" esophageal muscles in the right order! Amazing, really.
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Old 03-01-2009, 11:47 AM
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Severe pain can cause vomiting without nausea. When I've had to go to the ER due to severe migraine, I always had vomiting with the migraine, but did not feel nauseated. Sometimes that's just the body's reaction to pain.

I frequently have nausea as a symptom of the migraine (that usually doesn't result in vomiting, but occasionally does.), but it's a completely different feeling than vomiting from the pain.
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