Nausea and other symptoms for 2 months,

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Two months ago I randomly got sick - feeling like I'm going to throw up. This is 24/7, and I haven't had a single minute of relief for the past two months. This combined with emetophobia - the irrational fear of vomiting - means that it's been an absolute nightmare.

And that's just the worst of it. It's come with a world of other symptoms like stress, anxiety, nightmares, sweating, diarrhea.

I've been to the doctor several times - he's prescribed me medication for gastritis, anxiety, nexium, vitamin D... nothing's worked. I've had blood tests taken and they came back clean.

They've put in a referral to see a gastroenterologist but they tell me I might be waiting up for FIVE MONTHS - and that's not even guaranteeing a diagnosis.

Needless to say, this has made my life practically unlivable - I can't go anywhere, do anything fun, focus on movies or games... and I don't know if I'll ever get better.

Should I just keep waiting and hoping? See somebody again? Ask at the hospital? Arranging transportation anywhere is a pain but I'm in a real bad place right now and I don't feel like I could 'stomach' five more months of this.

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    Hello

    I had something similar back in December when drinking a mocha from

    A vending machine I instantly felt sick and my god I do hate being sick, I had really bad stools but I thought it would go away after a few days, it didn't and it carried on for 4 months every day I would feel so sick after anything I would eat I would feel sick then have really bad stools, it stopped me from eating and I ended up loosing over 2 stone. I then had to go for a endoscopy and a colonscopy, I was given a laxative to clear my stomach for the test and it must of cleared the bug or some sort that made me feel sick all the time. I don't know my results from the test until May but since then I've been feeling pretty much fine, it's just the anxiety which stops me from moving on.

    My tips to overcome the anxiety would be to make sure you go out at least once a day even if it's a walk down the road or anything it really helps, another thing about the fear of sick, I know it must be hard I really hate it but you just got to think about that's what happens in life and everyone goes through it, it doesn't cause any pain it's just a gross thing. The worse thing about feeling sick is actually being sick in a public place or on the carpet etc, so what I did to make myself comfortable was placing a bin in my room next to my bed just incase anything happens, I'm not sure why but it always made me feel a lot more comfortable.

    I hope any of the above helps, just keep staying positive and don't give up!

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      It's the act of vomiting itself that's terrifying to me - having a bucket for it just makes me feel more anxious 'cause it's like my body now expects it to happen. I'm trying to stay positive but it gets a lot harder every day when I spend it curled up on my bed. I occasionally have to walk down to the store to buy food - going for a walk certainly makes the nausea worse
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      Have you actually been sick since this all happened? There were times were I literally was ready to be sick but I never was so I just got used to the fact that I'm not actually gonna be sick it just comes out the other end. Also what stopped me from feeling sick were "stugeron 15" tablets they are for travel sickness which has no side affects, were as before the doctors described me some sickness tablets which made me very weak and very tired I literally couldn't do anything I would just fall asleep so I would highly recommend you getting "stugeron 15" tablets from the pharmacy
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      No. I have come very, very close, and I've spat up acid, but I haven't allowed myself to vomit yet. 
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    I would go back to your GP and tell them just how bad it feels don't hold anything back , I am very similar to you I can't even stand the smell of food , I could vomit when I open the fridge it's been five months and getting worse  but I am lucky in that my GP has ordered endoscopy and colonoscopy and it's ten days away now . I have lost 3kilos since feb and I was only 9stone then so am now very thin and scared and worry all the time about not being hungry . I have dogs and up to five days ago I was still getting out walking them but am struggling to do so now . My GP says I am depressed and prescribed anti depressants but I'm scared to take them . It may be that if you could have the tests you would feel better I'm hoping I will The mind is a very powerful thing and my GP says that worry affects either your guts or your skin or both Issy 
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    Another thing I got so desperate last week I enquires about private medicine , not that we can afford it but it would have to go on the Visa card in the end I decided to wait cos my app isn't far away but it's a thought ? 
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      I live in Australia, most medicine is relatively cheap. I'll ask my GP again, though.
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    hi cant add much in advice other thans already been stated, but your not alone, l started in october, l,d had bouts before over last l8month which settled, but from oct it was daily from waking to bedtime, lost my appetite, lived off tea oat  biscuits day time, on most settled evenings maybe a few pots,or chicken, fish, yogurt, not enought vits mins protein, bought supplament, but felt very tired sleepy, which was an escape from it, lost a stone in wt. Walking activity exertion aggrevated it worse, but on my own so had to do essential jobs, see to dog, shop, but got more delivered from supermarket to help, when out had to stop every 50yds to let my nausea settle, its a miserable existence. l did finally see gastroenterologist and had scope, some inflammation see, put on ompreazole, 3wks and still had symptoms, stopped taking them and other meds, mainly anti bs, to give my system a rest, suprisingly it did settle quite a lot, still can only eat small plain snacks, but more active and able now. Though just today took 2 paracetamol for bad backache and nausea set off a bit, so it seems for me anyway that my tum just wont tolerate a lot of things. lve to have another scan in a week, petscan, l understand the travelling to tests being a problem, ditto that. l,d also got to stage of considering  finding money l couldnt afford to have private consultation, when l,d months to wait. You can try things adviced, gastritus thread gives info, ginger worth a try, gaviscon, you will decide how much you can cope with, and consider private if you cant bear it for months, But tell your gp again, good luck
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      It's nice to know that I'm not alone; although the idea of having this for eight month fills me with dread. Doubt I'll last that long, ha ha... aaah, boy. Well, I might ask my GP again.
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      hi, l understand how you feel, l felt same, a day a week is too long, months seems intollerable, oh to be rich and get tests diagnosis in weeks or days, but at least youve still a sense of humour, thats a good sign, so yes go back to gp and tell him   how it is, best wishes.
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      Hi Grazer

      I live in Canads and have been sick for 8 months all tests meds and multiple visits to the ER were a regular occurrence until 4 months ago when diagnosed with Hpylori , did the antibiotic treatment . Got a little better not in bed 24/7 . But still can't go far or do a lot not able to work sickness still there just not as intense. After moving around for a few hrs I have to lie down to give my tummy a rest . There is a long wait here to see a GI specialist have been waiting for 4 months another 4 to go. Yes having cash to visit a private clinic sure would be helpful!!!

      Hang in there I know it's hard but I am doing it myself 🌟

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      I can imagine... waiting lists suck. The illness is costing a lot of money but so far it's nothing I can't afford. Anything to get better.
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      hi robin, for me the nausea has been constant since october, and due to it loss of appetite and weight loss, food and exertion making it worse, like you lve to sit after a short time of just moving about, to let it settle Will power to deal with feeling same on waking for so long takes it toll, after so long affects  mentally also, two problems then, l think my main motivation to get up and cope with the  day is my pets who need feeding and letting out. lve had scope and bit on inflammation seen, but the omprazole didnt seem to help much, l did have a couple of weeks of it being more settled but not totally and still unable to eat. Just taking two paracetamol for back ache on sunday and it got bad again, as today also, waiting for petscan. l think for some its like an intollerance to so many things, more so chemicals, meds, envoiramental, lve had allergy probs for many years, re rhinitus, penicillin, but never had probs with food up to last 2yrs or so, severe last 6month.  Having a bad night, hence being on here at present.  Suprising how many with simular problems, and searching for a natural way to ease it following meds that havent helped. l hope you get help from GI Tests  Grazer, glad youve at least your humour left, and also able to afford treatment, if anythings worth spending money on its feeling well and able to lead a normal lifestyle, like coming back to life. l also think if physicall illness,s go on for months or years causing suffering and restrictions re job, social, family, it can then lead to getting low, so then youve another problem. Reason l,m here rambling on in middle of a bad night, thought l was losing it, lol, helps to know others battling with it, now  your daytime l guess, same probs on 3 continents, so its not just uk air pollution. Good luck to all.
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      Lynne.. Well here it's night too but early morning hours 8:30 pm. I just got on the forum recently should have done it sooner would have helped mentally I felt like an alien sad

      Not sure what a petscan is ?

      I am excited to see a GI specialist , last night was a sleepless night I know I will sleep tonight very tired!

      I took Omeprazole didn't do much I went to another PPI called lansoprazole 30 mg 2x a day while doing 3 antibiotics . Then to 1x s day for s month until I was retested for Hpylori all is gone I tested in Jan and again last week.

      I stopped this PPI for a bit just went back on it last week and my dr said I might be inflamed to take Flagl for a week ! Wasn't sure if I should last time all those harsh antibiotics did s number in my tummy sad

      I am curious what does a GI say about gastritis from what I am reading they are very calm about it!

      Did they say it can take a long time or any other regime?

      Lynne if you want to chat please post I will reply smile

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      All of us suffering in a similar way , I am about to set off to collect the prep for colonoscopy / endoscopy next week , tried to come off the omemprazole but the pain came back so still stuck with the metallic taste and nausea . Also got sore  back which is worrying me cos I have very low bone density and ppi cause spontaneous fracture . Very jumpy and tearful don't want to watch or listen to the news , struggling to walk the dogs cos of back IM A WRECK,!!!!!! One thing though , both the GPand the dentist (who like me and many of us is into healthy living re diet and conventional meds ) have told me this week that the mind and the gut are directly linked SO perhaps we need to dig deep and look at ourselves . I still find it hard that someone who eats a very careful diet , mostly vegan rarely drinks alchohol , has never smoked ends up like this ? My mind must be one hell of a mess! Best wishes to you all Issy 
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      Hi Issy

      I don't get it either I am a Vegan never smoked or drank alcohol and I have this problem ? Let us know how things go with your scopes. I think this is my biggest concern that I have all this nausea but nobody knows why? If I knew it was gastritis I could deal with things better and know time will heal.Yes the mind and gut connect I was told this too

      several times by neurologists . I have read

      some great books but I think we can't name

      people or titles here!

      Thanks for sharing it helps to know we are not alone and maybe someone can help someone else with advise that they were told smile

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      hi robin, l also had a bad night and day today, usual nausea on and off, mid low back pain, stabbing pains in hips, not sure if problem is getting worse or lve an infection on top of it, def been paying a lot of calls today, like issy felt a wreck, lovely day out sunny and warm, dont get too many in uk, but l felt so tired sleepy and off it just managed essential jobs and seeing to dog and cat,  adn understand your  feeling like an alien, as l do when going into town, stopping every 5-10min to sit and let my stomach settle, bench, wall, doorstep if need be, feel more idiotic stood looking in a shop window when there,s only posters in it, whilst my nausea settles l gasp with it,  enough to move a bit further. l,d been taking 1 kefaxlin a day for couple of years as prescribed by urologist as preventative to ic attacks, stopped it two week ago along with omprazole to see if it helped, it did settle a bit, now ic symptoms severe,  darent take pain killers, they set it off again, use heat patch on lower back, what a state. l accept many symptoms can be caused or aggrevated by stress, anxiety, but l had intersticial cystitus symptoms of pain frequency ill health for many years, first put down to post op, then gyny, hormonal, phycalogical, therapy needed,  finally diagnosed by scope on seeing the right specialist urologist, yet another mystery inflammatory condition, of bladder, scope shows pin point hemmorages, scar tissue from that, and shrinkage, re frequency, l and many women suffered severe symptoms for up to l5yrs being little known of by many gps, some ended with urostomy, but meds did take away 90percent symptoms for me, cimetidine for acid reflux, amitrip, asstd meds. Most with ic go on non acid diets and alternative,as with many inflammatory conditions there,s no cure, but treatment for symptoms. l accept stress anxiety need to be avoided and healthy diet, but like you l,m not eating hardly anything anyway, but often there are causes that take a while to find, its getting the right specialist and tests, it took urologist l0min with scope to diagnose ic. after 10yr of symtpoms and gps didnt understand it, as fairly rare. l know quite a few whove got diagnoses in a and e after many visits to gps, and told phycalogical, diet, lifestye, often turned out to be serious problems, l,m not pc so might be moderated out, as last nights.  l,m also wondering if the anti bs over 2yrs have caused my stomach to become inflamed, no problems prior to that.  But think some people are more prone to allergic inflammatory reactions than others, l think some gi are quite calm about it, there,s lot of info on gastritus thread about diets, alternatives, were all simular but have some differences, think it ws you saying you can only do movement for so long before being overcome with nausea, ditto.  l also know how issy feels l was tearful last night, and l,m rarely like that, nor a drama queen, just had bad day and night when it gets too much, l feel a bit better as day goes on, but most have days night when they get low with it, and messes with your mind. Sat  here posting to someone in Canada and Oz with same symptoms at 3am, omg but it helped.   l,m not sure exactly what a petscan is myself, other than its radioactive, call it nuclear medicine, spin a bit of sugar a million rpm, inject it in you and it checks your blood vessels, used for cancer diagnosis also, tbh thats what its checking for.  l,m told lve not to go near under l8s for 24hrs, so l guess l,ll be radioactive, glowing, what next.  Anyway, enough of my ramblings, tomorrows another day, and really  hope you get solution for your probs, as with all. Good luck with your endo issy, we all live in hope.  
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      I think we must be sensitive souls ! I have been out today and bought heat pads for lower back pain , can't turn over in bed because of it . My family must be sick of hearing me moan ! Don't want to face the days sometimes now ,going to Edinburgh tomorrow to see my daughter & grandson but really nervous about it cos of pain nausea etc , don't know when I turned in to such a wimp I've had four children and survived all sorts . Best wishes Lynne & Robin   Issy 
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      Hi Issy

      I totally get what your saying I live with what I call my "lifeline" my heating pad but for the tummy . I am suppose to visit a friend in another part of Canada driving 12 hrs not me but I worry about my darn nausea. That's all I worry about can I get this far away from my comfort zone (home) sad

      I am to go in a few weeks for a holiday

      weekend here in May Victoria Day. I have been through a lot myself had children

      suffered with gall stones and my liver was

      toast from what I was told . Had numerous

      kidney stones and operations to try and

      remove them . Yet I cant get past a nauseated

      tummy... UGH! Maybe because it's chronic

      and has gone on for 8 months or that after my Hpylori they are stumped (GP) on what's going on.My other issues I knew exactly what was going on. Have a great trip!

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      l think weve sensative bodies thats for sure, lve only the dog and cat to moan to, one son in norfolk 200 miles, other not so far but busy job and life, l did call him out sunday night, needed a listener.  lve to tell you l,d both sons by csection, infections, hysterectomy, gall bladder, lot of scopes i.c. and the dreaded cancer, with chemo and radio t, cured.  l did have side affects, odd bout of nausea  but nothings floored me like this constant nausea, draining, whereas l was still fairly active with other probs, out and about, and wanted to, but  this nausea is endurance test, l guess its cos it goes on for months, relentless at times.   l know what you both mean about journeys, lve to go a distance for scan, and thinking l dont know if l can do that large city rail station, scary,  up to this all travelling was exciting and adventure, sometimes its easier than the thought of it, its a leap. l also know that feeling on waking, But l,m sure your daughter and grandson will help, kids good distraction, company does help at times. Edinburgh should be lovely and good weather. Hope all goes well and your scopes next week l guess might bring diagnosis and treatment, Hope you both have a good hol, l know home is a comfort zone robin, but also feels like a prison at times, l nap due to tiredness and escape from nausea and pain, but also boredom, frustration, resentment,  so good to escape at times, Good wishes for your breaks away.
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