My story and how I got better. Medication can work and you should talk about your emetophobia to you doctor.

2021.10.25 20:52 joker169 My story and how I got better. Medication can work and you should talk about your emetophobia to you doctor.

TW : This post is not censored.
TL;DR : Emetophobia was ruining my life, medication completely changed that.
For as long as I remember, I have had anxiety.
My emetophobia started in high school at around 15 years old. I remember panicking in the bus every day and trying to stay still in order to not vomit. However, it went away after 1 year. I don’t know what happened, but I stopped worrying about getting nauseous.
Then, in college, one random day, it hit me again. I started getting nauseous and went home as fast as I could. I didn’t vomit, but started to feel very sick. From then on, I started getting worried about nausea. For 3 years, I had constant fear of vomiting in class, in the bus, when hanging out with friends, etc. You know what I mean… I got to the point of not being able to eat anything, being afraid of getting nauseous… no dairies, no gluten, very afraid of cooking my own meat, etc. I had panic attacks very frequently, feeling like I was going to die, feeling like I’m going to faint any time. It was really horrible. I was looking up everything on the Internet (very bad idea !) and it was getting worse, but I was way too anxious to go to the doctor.
Last year, I tried to get a grip on my life and contacted a doctor and they told me I had GERD and prescribed me anti acid medication. It really helped, because I had serious acid reflux from the anxiety and it was obviously very triggering for my emetophobia. Mind you, I didn’t know about emetophobia or that it was all due to anxiety at the time. The reduced reflux really helped me and I finally found information about emetophobia and anxiety. It really clicked that was what I had.
I had this summer completely off and it started really bad… My emetophobia/agoraphobia went completely off the chart and couldn’t get out of my appartment. I don’t know how I gathered the courage, but I got an appointment with an other doctor. For the first time in my life, I talked about my anxiety issues, emetophobia and what I have been living with for the past years. They prescriped me with with an antidepressant.
I looked up that antidepressant on the Internet and was really really scared… The first common side effects were nausea and throwing up…. However, since I was really desesperate and I was off for the rest of summer, I took the chanced and started taking the medication.
What a life changer.
It didn’t work in the first few days. I didn’t have any nausea and didn’t throw up, but I felt very weird, but kind of similar to a cannabis high. I had some ups and downs with anxiety/emetophobia for the first few weeks, but after a month my emetophobia went mostly away.
Now, it has been 3 months and I rarely think about if I’m nauseous or not, I can go shopping or go out with friends without constantly worrying about how I feel. I’m very happy and feel like I can go on with my life.
Has it completely gone ? No, but it’s 200% more manageable. I haven’t had any anxiety/panic attacks in weeks.
In conclusion, this isn’t to tell you this or that medication is good for you, that’s your doctor’s job. But, I can tell you that it’s worth trying and that it can defintely help. Don’t be afraid of side effects, they can happen (and I was lucky it didn’t happen for me) but they’re worth it if you can go on with your life.
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I'm a law student pursuing a J.D. in NYC. I'm mostly interested in fantasy, historical fiction (and non-fiction), gaming (PC exclusively!), finance, Gilbert & Sullivan operettas, musicals, military history (with an emphasis on the Napoleonic period), and good movies. I also like quality post-ironic memes (and legacy memes, I guess). I'm a bit of a homebody and enjoy comfy evenings at home (either reading, gaming, or watching movies with family), but I love going out to museums and galleries.
Favorite movies include Barry Lyndon, LotR, Master and Commander, The Big Short (not that "great" on its own, but it got me interested in finance), Amadeus, and Waterloo (the 1970 one). I generally dislike most movies based on comics, with the exception of Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, since those three are pretty good.
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