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Emetophobia and anxiety - trying to get healthy

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Old 02-24-2007, 07:26 PM   #1
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Emetophobia and anxiety - trying to get healthy

Hi everyone. I am a 39 yo female who suffers from emetophobia (fear of throwing up). I think I've always had this condition but it's really flared up over the past few years. I've been having anxiety/panick attacks with this as well. I also suffer from irritible bowel syndrome.

Due to the emetophobia, I am limiting what and when I eat and as a result my stomach is a real mess. I don't know if it's because I am limiting what I eat or due to the stress and anxiety I have been suffering from or a combination of both.

I want to find a way to get healthy and eat better but I'm not quite sure where and how to start. I find I have to force myself to eat especially when I am at work. Fibre, caffeine and pop are some of the triggers for my irritible bowel syndrome so I try to stay away from those.

I have been trying to take a chewable multivitamin, evening primrose oil and a stress vitamin but most days I feel so yucky that I don't take them.

I don't take any medications for my ibs or my anxiety.

Does anyone have any suggestions? I just don't know where to start to get my stomach and myself feeling better again.


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