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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?
 

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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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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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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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You should really get that checked out by an ENT specialist. If you are suffering from a vestibular issue, you should follow up. There may not be much that can be done, but at least you will have some guidelines on what sets you off and how you can work around it.



You say you work in the front yard, maybe try and check that you're not working with a slight grade. Putting your head below your chest can cause a headrush, tinnitus and may be your vestibular trigger.
 

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I get nausea under cars but also above sometimes, it usually comes I discover the root of the problem on my cars and realize its gonna be hella expensive or a big job e.g. headgasket


Its interesting / surprising how common it is on this forum, wonder what the mean age of the people that track this site regularly is?
 

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I also have nausea under a car. i found that I can put my head on a vinyl pillow it stops.

I had my wife sew one up and filled it with sand. The pillow supports my head and neck and stops the nausea.
 

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You should really get that checked out by an ENT specialist. If you are suffering from a vestibular issue, you should follow up. There may not be much that can be done, but at least you will have some guidelines on what sets you off and how you can work around it.
Big +1 on that. Getting things like this checked particularly when we're men "of a certain age" is the difference between being sick and being really, really sick. One of the guys I work with about my age (60ish) thought he was needing another hernia surgery because it felt like his previous one did. He put it off for a few months. It's colon cancer, stage 4, spread to his lower back.

I've got a variety of middle aged man maladies. Over the last 10 years I've become a connoisseur of quality medical care, particularly cardiology. :grin2: I got noise induced hearing loss and tinnitus about 20 years ago. We see a music/entertainment specific audiologist every year. I used to see an ENT that was the throat doc to the stars in town. But she got sick, retired and moved from the area. Around here that's one of the more difficult specialities to find but we've got a big shortage of docs and nurses overall.
 

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My mom had something where she'd get dizziness or vertigo so she went to my ENT and the ENT strapped her too a table and tipped it back so my mom's feet were in the air and did some procedure I'm not quite clear on that cleared out some crystallization of the inner ear (again not totally clear on what it was). A couple weeks later and my mom was cured of these spells. My mom also has a hereditary tinnitus condition. Maybe worth looking into since it was totally non-invasive and took a matter of minutes.
 
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