My doctor said a strange thing to me!

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I went to the doctor this morning, because I was overdue for a check-up and I wanted to talk to him about my reactions to all the things that have been happening to me - my father's death, Tasha's death, Bonaparte's operation etc etc.

He examined me and we had a chat. The good news is that I am in pretty fine shape, and that he thinks that although I am finding it hard to cope, he thinks I am working through things Ok and he does not want to give me any drugs that are not in his view necessary. But my athritis is worse and he has upped my dose of voltarol to help with that. And now the strange thing - one of the side effects of voltarol can be diarrhea or stomach upset, though so far it has not happened to me. He said that if I get any such symptoms, to drink cola! Has anyone here heard of cola as a cure for diarrhea? He said it is very good to calm the stomach. I think I would need ot be very ill to drink the stuff - I do not like sweet fizzy drinks much, but it is a new idea to me.
 

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When I was a child (and no, I won't say how long ago that was) my mother would get cocoa cola syrup from the soda fountain and give that to us for an upset tummy. If you use the soda, stir the bubbles out and drink it at room temperature.
 

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The sugar and other electrolytes are the things making you feel better. The sugar and electrolytes give you more energy, which helps alleviate nausea. Are you sure your doctor said drink cola, and not take syrup of cola? The fizz in cola can actually upset your stomach more due to all the gas bubbles collecting there.
 

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Drinking coke that has gone a bit flat can be used to help nausea.  My nurse supervisor drinks diet drinks as a rule, but when she gets sick at work she will drink a can of regular Pepsi. 
 

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My ex was from South Africa and always told me when I was sick to drink Coke, I used to laugh at him until I actually tried it and was surprised it worked. 
 

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I was 11 or so when I got motion sick and threw up at a Chuck-e-Cheese type place (not sure if you have those there? A restaurant with lots of indoor play things for kids to climb, ball pits to jump in, etc).  One of the workers there brought me a free cup of it to settle my stomach.  It really helped!  I don't drink it often either; but sometimes it really is soothing!  The bubbles don't bother me.  Sometimes I feel like the burping the carbonation causes helps too.  Might be just me though!
 
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Hmmm, never heard of this one either. What ever happened to good old Ginger ale?  Or even better now is Ginger Brew. All natural strong Ginger ale w/ real ginger in it.
 

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As a child my parents always let me have coke or 7-up when I was sick. My parents didn't routinely keep soda in the house, it was in the house only when I was sick or over the holidays.
 

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Hmmm, never heard of this one either. What ever happened to good old Ginger ale?  Or even better now is Ginger Brew. All natural strong Ginger ale w/ real ginger in it.
I've done a lot of ginger ale since I got pregnant.  Especially in the first trimester when all was icky.  It doesn't settle me down the same as when I've actually been throwing-up sick.  Which i wasn't. It's good enough for nausea though.  And caffeine free; which I've had to go this pregnancy.
  I think the "thicker" syrup used in cola products is what does the trick at that point.
 

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I think the "thicker" syrup used in cola products is what does the trick at that point.

It is. As I said, syrup of cola is often recommended for nausea, but syrup of cola is harder to find, so drinking the cola itself became the remedy.
 

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The syrup from dark cola can actually cause diarrhea. I'm a nurse and I've never heard anyone recommend dark cola as a "cure" for diarrhea.  When a patient at work gets diarrhea, we recommend an over the counter medication called "Immodium", and if they are having nausea and are adverse to taking pills, we suggest gingerale, or to suck on a piece of fresh ginger.
 

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When I was growing up, mom would give me a coke with spirit of ammonia in it when my stomach was upset. I have no idea what the ammonia did except make it taste flat. To this day, if I'm sick to my stomach, a flat soda will help although I prefer gingerale. I don't know if it is power of suggestion or what.

Now, when I had a case of the "trots" (as my mom so delicately referred to them), I would get a dose of paragoric. I don't even think that is available now. From what I remember, it had opium in it so was taken off the market years ago. But it did the trick!
 

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When I was a child and sick with an upset stomach, my mother, a RN, gave me 7-UP for a cure. It settled the stomach, but I hate the stuff ever after because of associating it with nausea. I always thought it was the carbonation that helped.

When my mother was a child, her mother gave her ginger ale for the same reason. So ever after she has hated that stuff. :lol3:



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I have always used ginger ale.  When my daughter was pregnant and was awfully sick, she would chew on a piece of ginger root.
 

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I always thought it was the carbonation that helped.

That's close. You might be getting your cures slightly mixed up. Sprite or 7UP are the best things to drink when you have a sore throat and are sick that way because they have by far the most carbonation out of any other popular soft drink. The bubbles do wonders for your throat, but they are bad for your stomach since they build up gas and can cause discomfort.
 

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Never took it for a sore throat. Took it specifically after a bout of nausea and vomiting. It was the first thing my mother would let me try to consume after the vomiting seemed to be over. If I could keep a little 7-UPdown, then I could have some other thing, like dry toast, in a little while. I remember it well.

Most drinks with sugar, like 7-UP and Coke, are too sweet for me, as an adult. And then 7-UP has those bad connotations, so I never liked it.


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Wonderful stuff coke 
 can clean a penny to nice and shiny so must clean your stomach just as well 
 Lucozade was the thing when I was a kid for when you were poorly but basicly the same idea. 
 

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My MIL's trick for an nausea is to drink jello. Just make it as usual but drink it while it is still warm instead of letting it set up. I had never heard that before, but I've tried it and it works. 
Isn't that awfully sweet?  I don't know if I could get that one down!  But then I've tasted Pedialyte when my DD was sick and it is super sweet too. 
 
 
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