How To Force Yourself To Throw Up
How To Force Yourself To Throw Up? If you’re a regular reader of our blog, you know that I’ve been sick for the past two weeks. And you also know that I’m not one to share my medical condition with anyone. The last thing in the world I want is sympathy or pity from someone who’s never had any kind of illness themselves.
But I can’t help it – I just have to tell people about this disease (and yes, that includes you). The reason why is because I don’t like feeling bad about myself and I think most people feel the same way. So if we aren’t going to talk about it, then let me be the first person to admit it out loud. My stomach hurts.
I don’t mean to make light of the situation, but I am trying to find humor in it all while maintaining some sort of dignity. It’s hard to do sometimes, especially when you’re home alone, which is what happened on Saturday night.
On Friday night, after eating at Chipotle, I headed over to my friend’s house where her roommate was throwing an end-of-the-weekend party. I knew there would be alcohol, but I didn’t expect how much. We were drinking beer until 2am.
After several hours of drinking, dancing, and hanging around, things got a little weird. One girl decided she wanted us to play Truth or Dare. She said, “OK, pick dare.” I picked dares related to food. I dared everyone else to eat something gross.
First up was another girl who had already eaten dinner. Her answer? Drink a glass of milk. Yes! Milk! In the middle of the night! What was wrong with these kids?! Second up was another girl who took a bite of a taco salad. She chewed it slowly, grimaced, swallowed and gave me a look that said “you are so right!” Third, came a guy who ate a whole plate full of nachos. He looked as disgusted as I felt.
It wasn’t fun. Not only did I get really drunk, but now I felt awful. I couldn’t stop thinking about those nasty tacos. But I was even more upset by the fact that no one else seemed bothered by them. They continued to chug beers and act extremely silly.
So when Monday morning rolled around, I went into work determined to force myself to vomit. I figured that since I’d done it once before, I could probably pull it off again. You see, I used to get nauseous whenever I ate too fast. This happens because your body has to process every single morsel. If you take your time and chew everything thoroughly, nausea goes away.
Now, I have nothing against taking your time while eating. In fact, I believe in being mindful of every mouthful. However, I don’t always practice what I preach. Sometimes I just need to go through a drive-through or order a pizza delivered. That’s why I tried to use this technique the other day to deal with my breakfast sickness.
Here’s what worked best for me…
I put my index finger on my left nostril and pushed down hard. Then I made a fist and held it there. Next, I squeezed my nose shut between my thumb and forefinger. When I released it, I closed my eyes and counted backward from 10. I repeated this process three times. Afterward, I sat quietly for five minutes, allowing my head to fall back against the couch cushion.
As you might imagine, forcing yourself to throw up isn’t exactly pleasant. I mean, I thought I was going to barf. I even started crying a few times. But eventually, I managed to empty my belly without making a sound.
Although this method may seem strange, it actually makes perfect sense. Your brain controls your involuntary functions such as vomiting through your hypothalamus, a part of your brain located deep within your skull.
Your nerves send messages to your hypothalamus telling it to release certain hormones. These hormones control your nervous system and regulate a number of bodily processes including breathing, heart rate and digestion. Whenever you try to suppress these hormones, you start to experience symptoms associated with nausea.
In addition to using your fingers to squeeze your nose, you can also lie down and place your hand across your throat. This will help block the passage of air through your nasal cavity. In other words, you’ll be blocking your sinuses.
You should keep in mind that you shouldn’t hold your breath during this procedure. Doing so is known as hyperventilation and it usually causes dizziness and lightheadedness. As mentioned earlier, you should take your time when chewing each bite. Otherwise, you risk choking and passing out.
This technique works well for relieving motion sickness, morning sickness and acid reflux. Of course, you won’t always encounter stomach problems. If your ailment involves diarrhea instead of vomit, you’ll need to employ different methods. You can read about them here.
Have you ever forced yourself to vomit? How long did it take? Did it work? Let us know in the comments below.
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