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Hi - Does anyone here have nausea as the main symptom of anxiety ?

 

My quick synopsis is:

 

-My main issue is anticipatory anxiety leading up to 'events' but I am usually (90% or more of the time) fine at the actual 'event' and my anxiety disappears after minutes

 

-Main symptom is nausea 

 

Is there anyone here that has or had similar symptoms and if so what therapy, drugs or supplements have helped.

 

Any comments would be greatly appreciated.

 

 

 

 

Previous Meds: Lexapro, Klononpin

 

Currently: Paxil (30mg) Mirtazapine (15mg)  Xanax (prn)

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its not my main problem, but i can definitely relate to feeling nauseous prior to big social events. sometimes i have to get off the bus on the way to work because i feel so sick. 

 

i think the thing that helps me most is deep breathing and trying to physically calm my body down. counting how many seconds to breathe in and out is also good. 

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Yes, nausea is a big problem for me.  My pdoc prescribes xanax and primary DR prescribes zofran for the worst of times, both for nausea.

 

The xanax also works for the anxiety.  I'm also on Klonopin and propranolol for anxiety, and the propranolol helps with anticipating things more.  Klonopin kind of keeps my levels even, and xanax is for the breakthrough anxiety.

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So...for any of us that have nausea as a main symptom what is the best thing you have found to help ?

I find Xanax does help...but I don't want to get addicted.

 

Paxil used to help but stopped and then I went to Lexapro which made my nausea much worse...stuck with it far too long.  Added a small amount of Mirtazapine to the Paxil but it actually makes me up and down... previously knew my anxiety triggers and felt great if there weren't any upcoming 'events' ...now it is a flip of the coin if I will feel anxious and down all day or feel normal.

 

Anyway- curious what helps everyone else who has Nausea as a main symptom. 

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So...for any of us that have nausea as a main symptom what is the best thing you have found to help ?

I find Xanax does help...but I don't want to get addicted.

 

Paxil used to help but stopped and then I went to Lexapro which made my nausea much worse...stuck with it far too long.  Added a small amount of Mirtazapine to the Paxil but it actually makes me up and down... previously knew my anxiety triggers and felt great if there weren't any upcoming 'events' ...now it is a flip of the coin if I will feel anxious and down all day or feel normal.

 

Anyway- curious what helps everyone else who has Nausea as a main symptom. 

 

Propranolol and zofran both work for me.

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  • 4 weeks later...

Yep. I experience anticipatory anxiety if I know I have to address an audience of more than about 8 people, which I frequently have to. Like ananke suggested, I focus on my breathing beforehand and use visualisation quite a lot. Visualisation is pretty powerful coping strategy. I've also have had to learn to  avoid stimulants like coffee etc beforehand. If it is a work related situation, following the P Theory (Prior Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance) helps a lot when under pressure. If a social situation, breathing and visualisation again and remembering it is ok to be quiet and listen.

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I find I get that tingly feeling in my stomach that turns to nausea and stays there until it goes away. Sometimes I'll make sleepytime tea, or get Ginger-ale or just some cold water to try to settle it. I can't eat anything, only drink very cold liquids (I pour ice into my tea, I hate hot beverages) 

 

I hate it. Sometimes I take gravol, which is an anti-nausea med OTC in Canada, sold at all pharmacies, even at grocerie stores or corner stores. Sometimes it makes me a bit loopy, it has a sedating effect, but it also helps with the anxiety. If you take more than the written dose on it, it can make you shaky. So I only take one or two pills. It has a bit of a calming effect.

 

I take clonazepam, sometimes I'll (ick) chew it, so it kicks in faster. Clonazepam doesn't kick in very fast. It's long acting.

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I had to go to my coworkers' going away dinner and I started feeling nauseous about 1 hour before and am still feeling nauseous now. 

I tend to get nauseous before a social situation because I'm freaking out about it. 

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I had to go to my coworkers' going away dinner and I started feeling nauseous about 1 hour before and am still feeling nauseous now. 

I tend to get nauseous before a social situation because I'm freaking out about it. 

 

If I don't have nausea meds on me and I am not feeling well, ginger tea works sometimes.

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I had to go to my coworkers' going away dinner and I started feeling nauseous about 1 hour before and am still feeling nauseous now. 

I tend to get nauseous before a social situation because I'm freaking out about it. 

 

If I don't have nausea meds on me and I am not feeling well, ginger tea works sometimes.

 

I've never tried that. I'll have to look into it. 

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It's so weird, in my experience I don't feel nauseous at or before my job unless something happens like I get reamed by my boss for something stupid and then my anxiety turns into something so horrendous I end up throwing up anything in my stomach, normally it's just water during those times so I'm dry heaving basically. No sign of nausea before. My body just jumps into freak the fuck out mode.

What I've found that has helped that is just letting it happen, telling myself it'll be okay, taking my valium and going to bed.

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I get nauseous from anxiety, though it isn't the only or main symptom I get.  Usually it kills my appetite.  I find that hot tea (especially herbal) is soothing, and even Pepto Bismol can help give my nervous stomach less acid to work with.  I take Zoloft for anxiety, and it reduces all my symptoms, including nausea.  Otherwise, I try to distract myself, do breathing exercises, walk around to burn off nervous energy, other things people here have suggested.

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I've had anxiety for 10 years, and the main symptom changes. I highly recommend seabands. They cost like 10 bucks, all you have to do it put them on,and (obviously) they have no side effects. At times, I have worn them 24/7

 

ginger tea is nice for nausea, and sometimes I find salt helps.

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Oh!  Me!  

 

I actually get weeks of nausea, where I'm not aware of being anxious about anything (it's just general anxiety) but then taking Ativan regularly everyday makes it go away.

 

So now my pdoc just has me take Ativan everyday.  I've tried to take it PRN and eventually I start to get sick again and nauseous.  

 

(I also get anxiety where I FEEL anxious, but sometimes it's not like that)

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