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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 04-20-2019, 01:49 PM Thread Starter
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Under Car Nausea

The last few years, I've developed nausea when working under a vehicle. I don't have ready access to a lift, so I put the car up on ramps, jackstands, etc, and work from underneath on my back. After a little while, I start feeling nauseous to the point that I have to vomit. It doesn't happen every time I'm underneath, but it does happen. The last time I mentioned it to my doctor, I ended up getting a gastroscopy and colonoscopy. Go figure!

I do have a severe hearing loss in both ears and suffer from tinnitus. The hearing loss is due to issues with my inner ears. I'm guessing I have some type of vertigo, but I don't have any other symptoms other than the nausea. Anyone ever hear of something like this?



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Same car, or different ones? I wonder if you have a fluid leak or similar that you're inhaling while lying there? Fuel leak, or rear axle vent, etc.....

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Different ones. I just crawled out from under my 65 to remove the shifter, and no nausea. I never know when I'm going to get it...full stomach, empty stomach, hot weather, warm weather, cold weather. It just happens.



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Sounds like vertigo to me, a friend is dealing with it. Sleeping on the wrong side or leaning a certain way will trigger it for him.

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I get that from time to time. For a while about six years ago I could barely get under a car for more than a minute before I had to come back out. The last couple of years have been no issue to speak of but you can bet that if I start feeling a bit sick to my stomach I drop everything and come out. I plan undercar work so that I can have other things besides that I can go to if need be.

Just in the last six months I've developed a buzzing tinnitus in one ear which is pretty darn annoying.

On the dark side, I had a friend who got where he couldn't stay under a car more than a minute without getting sick. When he finally dragged himself to the doctor, it turned out to be stomach cancer. Which I never would have guessed. He didn't get the vertigo part, just sick to his stomach. So if you have such symptoms you definitely want to go see about it. Might be nothing much you have to live with, might kill you.
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The last few years, I've developed nausea when working under a vehicle. I don't have ready access to a lift, so I put the car up on ramps, jackstands, etc, and work from underneath on my back. After a little while, I start feeling nauseous to the point that I have to vomit. It doesn't happen every time I'm underneath, but it does happen. The last time I mentioned it to my doctor, I ended up getting a gastroscopy and colonoscopy. Go figure!

I do have a severe hearing loss in both ears and suffer from tinnitus. The hearing loss is due to issues with my inner ears. I'm guessing I have some type of vertigo, but I don't have any other symptoms other than the nausea. Anyone ever hear of something like this?
Hi Lee, Yes I have and it happens to me on occasion. Like you I also suffer from bilateral hearing loss, and tinnitus, which may bring on the the issue more for us. It is an inner ear problem that can be caused by an ear infection, damage to the ear or just getting older. Here are the symptoms, of which a few you already described:

Dizziness or spinning sensation (vertigo)
Nausea and vomiting.
Problems with balance or walking.
Hearing loss (or decrease in sound volume) in one ear.
Earache or ear pain.
Fever (sometimes)
Feeling of fullness in the ear.

What I've found that helps is taking a regular 325 mg aspirin a few times a day will help with the vertigo and the symptoms will go away usually within a few hours. If it lasts longer than that I go to the doctor and usually I'm told I have an inner ear infection.

My dog used to suffer from inner ear problems (Vestibular disease) and would display the same symptoms. By giving her a small baby aspirin it would fix it within an hour. So when I exhibit the same issues I take an aspirin and within a hour or two I'm feeling much better.

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If you can get the car a little higher in the air, I would try a creeper that has a little rise to it. If your head is elevated a bit, it may help. I get a bit of what you're talking about if I'm completely flat. Something like this: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Mechanics-C...sAAOSwYEBchgp8
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I have the same issue and did what @jgrote mentioned. Works like a charm. As long as I can keep my head above my heart I'm good. Since I'm size fat bast... errrr rather large the cheap creepers don't work. I couldn't get them to last more than a few weeks and that's if they didn't sag and were unrollable from the get go. I went through a few different ones before I bought a heavy duty creeper off the truck. I've had it about a year and a half and still going strong. Whiteside has the same quality made in the US creeper as the tool truck (Whiteside is the OEM for them) for a bit less. If you aren't that big there are plenty of adjustable head rest creepers to choose from for a lot less than what's on the truck.
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A creeper would be nice, but unfortunately I do 99% of the work on my vehicles in the dirt of my front yard. Creepers don't work very well in dirt and rocks. When this first started for me and I mentioned it to my doctor, he referred me to a gastroenterologist. She did the gastroscopy and didn't see anything out of the ordinary. She figured while she was sticking cameras inside of me, and I hadn't had one done, she did a colonoscopy.

I wonder about the vertigo as I don't suffer any other symptoms other than the nausea. I managed to get the shifter out today with no issues, but just now after fighting to get that #*#&)@)% reverse lever back onto the transmission, I could feel the nausea coming back. So I'll take a break before going back out there. I guess my next step is to go see the doctor and see what else he decides.



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Did someone say off road creeper?....

It's called a JCWTANK. You'll want to be seated when you look at the price. It's enough to soil a man's armor. It's made for heavy equipment service in the field. He had a demo on the truck. Not as quick turn and swively like my small wheeled creeper but way usable in dirt. Whiteside has something similar for about the same price but the wheels aren't as wide.


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WOW- you young guys are falling apart, I get on my back on a piece of cardboard and scrape/sand all day but about 6 years ago I let a doc remove an anal fistula and since that time about every other day I have to check my shorts for a smudge of number 2. Don't let them cut on you if it can be avoided!
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I have been crawling under cars for 50 years and like the others in this thread I have severe hearing loss and constant tinnitus. I can't justify a full 2 or 4 post lift but I've been looking for one of those lifts that only raises the car about 18". Even that small amount of elevation would be wonderful.
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As a long time mechanic this has happened to me at various times. after i went to an ear specialist he cured it in a few minutes and told me how to do it myself.
If you look up on google or view videos on You tube, look for EPLEY MANUVER . What it does is realigns the rocks in your ears back to their correct place ( no kidding we all have them). Try it it is easy to do at home. It works for me anyway. Lots of videos out there. John
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Mine's related to life long motion sickness not vertigo. I get more nauseous than anything. I can lay under a car all day but once I start wheeling around is when it gets me. As long as my head is propped up I'm good to go.

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My dad is dealing with positional vertigo and some tinnitus after working 40 years in machine shops. He can still hear a gnat fart across the room until the certain pitch of ringing starts, then you better have a barf bag handy. Haven't figured out what triggers it, but I think it has to do with blood pressure, maybe enough strain to the muscles around vagus nerve. I'm not a doctor, but I did pass a Holiday Inn Express on my way home from a Mustang show...

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