A few years ago I went to see my primary care physician because I was having some issues vomiting. By which I mean that I was vomiting, several times a day. This would happen usually after eating (immediately afterward) though often at other times. I experienced no nausea, just a need to vomit. A lot. It happened when I ate, drank water, coughed, cried, had a stuffy nose, even once when I smelled a foul smell. Sudden onset vomit. It was gross, and it was affecting my life in a big way. People assumed I had an eating disorder, only I didn’t lose much weight.
I was having a routine physical with my PCP and mentioned what had been happening. Note: I am 5’6″, 250lbs. I had met with this doctor on only one occasion before (also a disaster, but non-weight related). I described my symptoms and without asking any questions or running any tests, she casually said, “Well, maybe you should stop eating such big meals.” I was a little shocked, but reminded her that the vomiting was frequently non-food related, and therefore could not be caused just by eating big meals, and besides, I wasn’t eating “big meals”. She responded with “I really think you should just stop eating such big meals” and sent me home.
Later, another doctor who asked a few questions diagnosed me with severe GERD, a form of acid reflux, and we were able to treat it completely. And I didn’t have to change the size of my meals.