IBS, GERD and Nausea

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Date Joined Dec 2007
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   Posted 1/13/2008 9:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,
I currently have IBS-C, GERD and very bad Anxiety.   I'm currently taking Nexium, Librax and Paxil.   I've been on the Nexium for 4 months and I've only been on the Paxil and Librax for a week.    I had an attack of food poisoning a month ago and ever since then I've had a phobia of eating.   Even when I'm not nauseous, I'm afraid to eat because I think its going to make me feel nauseous.   The last time I vomited was when I had the food poisoning and it was only 1 time and every since then even when I feel nauseous, I do not vomit.   I think my anxiety and IBS is creating the phobia of eating and the nausea.   I'm currently seeing a hypnotherapist to help with this problem.   One thing that doesn't make sense is that when I do feel nauseous I take a Zofran and I usually feel better BUT I'm still afraid to eat.   I"m losing weight from this and I really can't afford to lose anymore weight.  Wouldn't you think that if this was in my head the Zofran wouldn't work at all?  I've had a colonscopy, endoscopy, and blood tests and all came back normal.   Does anyone else out there have this same problem?  

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   Posted 1/14/2008 1:47 AM (GMT -6)   
You have to start slow when you're eating "safe" foods for a while. Think of the nausea as a discomfort you have to overcome to get better. If it's a psychosomatic problem, Zofran indeed can work to help you feel less nauseated. You just don't want to start taking it all the time just to be safe. But now, in the beginning, while you're getting your bearings, it might be a good idea to take a Zofran here or there about a half hour before you eat a mild meal to get yourself used to eating. Take time to cook something and enjoy it. Try to make it a more pleasurable thing to do and perhaps think to yourself the opposite of what you have been: think "This is food that my body needs to stay healthy, and I am going to take care of it because I appreciate what my body does for me." Always be present in that moment. Have the Zofran on hand for the bad times, but then muscle through it. You can get through it!
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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 1/14/2008 9:37 AM (GMT -6)   
I know exactly what you are going through.  Follow Sarita's advice.  I had a phobia for years...still get scared that if I eat something that it will make me sick.  I try to tell myself that I am not going to get sick and that if I do, oh well...it's hard, I know.
Start out slow...like crackers, jello, applesauce...work your way up to rice and steamed veggies and fruits...at least you will be comforted knowing that you shouldn't get nauseated with such bland foods and that if it did come back up, it wouldn't be too bad, KWIM?
I hope you get better soon!
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