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hello all! I've just joined the group in hopes that someone can familiarise themselves with my hell for the last 4 months.
I've suffered anxiety my whole life but never been properly medicated. In August this year, I got a GI virus for the first time in my 26 years of life. It was terrible.
After a day, that settled... but the nausea didn't. I've had really bad nausea since the stomach bug happened but haven't vomited. I've felt very close to it though.
I've had more medical tests that it's actually unbelievable. blood tests, stool tests, CT scan, MRI, arterial blood gas test (the only one that came back abnormal because of hyperventilation from anxiety) xrays, urine tests, and more...everything has come back normal.
The nausea for the first 4 weeks was so bad I could barely move and spent my days in bed crying.. I've had to quit my job. The last 2 weeks, I've had 1 or 2 days a week where the nausea is liveable/mild.. I get my hopes up and then it all comes back out of no where.
I'm always anxious and the anxiety has become severe with multiple panic attacks everyday since this gastro event. It's a matter of finding out whether the anxiety or the nausea came first. The 13 doctors that i've seen tell me they dont know, or it's anxiety.
It just feels so real, i've never had nausea this bad with my anxiety in the past.. not that I can recall anyway, so it's hard to believe it's from the anxiety.
I also have other symptoms such as; major insomnia, dizziness, shakes, burping, stomach ache, a lot of tension, blurred vision when I dont sleep for longer than 2 days, and feeling numb/not present in the world, and many more.
The only symptom i'm worried about is the nausea. I take a vomit bag with me everywhere I go and always look for toilets incase i'm sick. I have lexapro which im due to start next week.. but im terrified to take it. My psychiatrist had me on a low dose of xanax but it didnt touch my anxiety or the nausea so i stopped.
Does anyone experience this level of nausea with their anxiety?
Any input would be greatly appreciated!
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