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Hi! I’ve been dealing with chronic nausea, occasional constipation, and most recently (last 2 months), GERD. I’ve had every lab, test, procedure and two surgeries (gallbladder removal-thought to be the cause, and diagnostic laparoscopy-to look for endometriosis). A teeny bit of endo was found but it was barely anything to even report or mention. I’ve seen every specialist and even went to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. The nausea is almost always around. It will come and go during the day, sometimes stay all day, or some days; it’ll rarely come around. It’s so inconsistent. I’ve been bed ridden many times, and have lost a lot of weight.
After my last surgery looking for endo (3 months ago), I decided I’m done searching for what is causing my illness since nothing major has been found. I believe it’s gotta be anxiety. While sick, I took 10mg amitriptyline and it didn’t do much but make me tired and extremely constipated. I eventually got off of that and have been going to therapy and doing things naturally- with the occasional Ativan (supplementing with valerian root, digestive enzymes and other supplements for when my stomach acts up). I do yoga, exercise, eat well, try to stay busy.
I must also mention I have Emetophobia. The fear of vomiting/others vomiting and have been doing CBT for it. The sickness started when I had the flu a year and a half ago and vomited. So with that said, I believe this illness must be because of my phobia and anxiety. My problem is, I don’t know what to do to now. I’ve stopped trying to stop the symptoms and float through them and accept them. This hasn’t really helped much and I’ve developed heart palpitations again during this “healing journey”. Whatever is going on, it has been destructive. I just want my life back. I have an almost 3 year old and a wonderful husband. I want my job back and to live life again.
I’m willing to try medications again but want to know if anyone else has been through something similar and have gotten better. Anyone have suggestions or advice? I really appreciate it!
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