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June 7th, 2011, 11:39 AM
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Hey y'all -

I was just curious if there were any other mom's-to-be out there with these issues. I have had emetophobia (fear of throwing up) for as long as I can remember. I freak out when someone near me throws up or if there is some chance that I will get a stomach bug or throw up from anything! It is not the usual no-one-likes-to-throw-up kinda fear. I get terrified and run away and have panic attacks. This fear has caused a lot of issues in my life with being able to go certain places, eat certain foods, etc. I am now pregnant with my first child, and the emetophobia and anxiety are pretty bad. I've been having morning sickness, and have basically holed up like a hermit in my room for the duration. I am terrified and feel like crap constantly. I am forcing myself to eat little things here and there, but the constant nausea is really taking a toll on me... more so emotionally than physically, I would say.

I'm just wondering if there is anyone else out there right now dealing with similar issues... I kinda need a buddy who understands what I'm going through.

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June 22nd, 2011, 08:45 AM
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I have the same kind of thing! It started for me when my oldest was 2 yrs (she's now 7.5). She got a really bad stomach bug where she couldn't even keep water down and had a temp of 104.7. I seriously thought she was going to die (though the drs weren't all that worried). Since then I FREAK OUT if anyone around me says their stomach hurts, etc. If someone has had a stomach bug, I won't go around them or let anyone in my family around them until they've been puke-free for AT LEAST a week, but preferably 10 days. I am so paranoid about anyone getting a stomach bug, b/c I'm worried it might be another one like that. Plus it spreads so quickly. And it all goes back to control issues too I guess...If I'm throwing up, I'm out of control and can't take care of my kids or anything (I am a SAHM of 3 and I also babysit 3 days a week and go to school 2 nights a week).
I also have anxiety and panic attacks. My main symptom of the panic attack is nausea, probably b/c I'm so afraid of throwing up! I start to feel nervous, then my stomach hurts and my brain goes nuts. I have Xanax for the panic attacks, but I find myself in a constant state of agitation lately, so I am actually seeing my dr today to get on a daily med.
((hugs)) I know how you feel. You can ask your dr for anti-nausea meds. They worked wonders for a few of my pg friends!
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