Really really sick to my stomach

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simonsmommie
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   Posted 10/3/2009 9:42 AM (GMT -7)   
HELP!

I am sick to my stomach- pains on right side (have had these pains off an don for the past 25 years) and into my back. I feel nauseous when I get up (have GERD) and now at different times of the day. I feel like I am being poisoned some days- just really sick - can barely function at work and to get through the day. I have trouble with bowel movements - constipation- I now have developed pain in my stomach and my back and buttocks even hurt.

I have felt this way since Mar- this episode- since the dr took me off some meds. I take clonazepam for anxiety and trazodone at night for sleep and the dr just put me on protonix (nexium , zantac and prilosec did nothing) I have taken tummy calming drugs which don't seem to help for long or make me way too tired. I take stool softeners and Miralax and have given up drinking anything but green tea and water and grape juice for the Miralax.

I do have a lot of stress and this pain isn't helping.

I have a lot of bills, I had to put my mother in a nursing home this week and am down $10000.00 a year in income and feel overwhelmed with everything going on. BUT the tummy pain started again in march before a lot of this happened but is getting worse. Had an endoscopy which was normal- an ultrasound of the gallbladder and pancreas and everything was normal. Going to see GI dr again in a week but I'm about at my wit's end as to how I'm going to make it.

Also worried that if I get swine flu, I'll get really sick because of this underlying condition. I'm a real mess and feel really bad --- anyone have any insight and advice?

simonsmommie

Sunshine29
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   Posted 10/3/2009 11:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I was on Nexium at night and AcipHex in the morning....but i am also on Zoloft. Now being on Zoloft since August allllll my stomach issues are gone! No more stomach meds. They did diagnose me with hiatal hernia and acid reflux but Im better and I think its from Zoloft. The mind stomach connection is very real. Calm ur mind and ur stomach will follow.
Good Luck
Sunshine

stkitt
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   Posted 10/3/2009 2:10 PM (GMT -7)   
simonsmommie
Welcome to HealingWell and the A & P Forum. I am so glad you found us.

It does sound like you have a lot of stress going on and perhaps some of that stress is what is causing some of your stomach problems. There is a saying...
"its not what your eating, but what's eating you".

You will feel better if you can find ways to get stress out of your system. The best ways to relieve stress are different for each person. Try some of these ideas to see which ones work for you:
Exercise. Regular exercise is one of the best ways to manage stress. Walking is a great way to get started.
Write. It can help to write about the things that are bothering you. Start a journal of your own.
Let your feelings out. Talk, laugh, cry, and express anger when you need to with someone you trust.
Do something you enjoy. A hobby can help you relax. Volunteer work or work that helps others can be a great stress reliever.
Learn ways to relax your body. This can include breathing exercises, muscle relaxation exercises, massage, aromatherapy, yoga, or relaxing exercises like tai chi.
Focus on the present. Try meditation, imagery exercises, or self-hypnosis. Listen to relaxing music. Try to look for the humor in life. Laughter really can be the best medicine.
I wish you peace and happiness. Please do stick with us and we will do our best to support you.

Again a warm welcome,

Kitt

simonsmommie
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   Posted 10/3/2009 8:30 PM (GMT -7)   
THe dr put me on zoloft but I had such horrible heartburn from it that I thought I was going to croak. I couldn't stay on it. He just recently put me on effexor but I'm afraid of gaining weight on it but it's supposed to be good for anxiety. I was doing great before they messed with my meds bac in March. I'm thinking of asking to go back on what they took me off of. I felt a lot better then.

I'm supposed to just worry an hour a day about anything and everything - my therapist made me promise to do that but dso far I have failed miserably at that.

I think I need to get better at that. Maybe that would help.

Nanners
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   Posted 10/4/2009 6:17 AM (GMT -7)   
What were you on before? I think what you are experiencing with all your stress is anticipatory anxiety. Constantly worrying about the what if's. Before I knew about anticipatory anxiety (thanks Kitt) I use to always be nauseous and have bad diarrhea, and couldnt eat a thing at the first hint of stress. I would cause an IBS type attack and knock me down for at least 3-4 days. Now thru therapy and the occasional use of Xanax I have been able to stop it in tracks if I take the medication at the first hint. I have not had one of those bad 3-4 days in about 2 years now. I only use my Xanax now about 1-3 times a month. If you will look at my signature you will see that I have alot chronic health issues and this constant stress would just kick my butt, because it triggered these episodes. Ask your doc for something fast acting like Xanax or Klonopin to take on those bad days. Good luck!
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simonsmommie
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   Posted 10/4/2009 8:53 AM (GMT -7)   
OMG!! That's exactly what I have ! I will have to mention that to my therapist on Tuesday. What happens is I anticipate so much what is going to happen that I will make Plans A-B-and C so I'll be prepared if it does happen. I have so much "anticipatory anxiety" that I am incapable of doing anything else. People even comment on how unhappy I look or how tired I look. I will sit around and plan and plan and replan in case those things do happen. I love to sew and want to work on some special Christmas gifts but I find myself back to planning and replanning in case something awful happens. I simply can't worry about something when it happens I have to worry about it before even if it doesn't come to fruition.

I worried about my mother having to go into a nursing home (or worse) so much that it finally happened and now my worries are worse that the other things I worry about- losing my job, my husband losing his, having to tell my husband how much debt I have (although I do have that under control even with losing the income from taking care of my mother ) getting so sick I'll have to quit work becuause I have this fear that since one thing came true the others will also and maki9ng myself sick. Unfounded and no reason to believe that but that's where all this is coming from I think.

The dr wants me to go on Effexor but I'm worried about that becuase my husband took it and that's when they discovered he was bi-polar and he became manic- worse five days of my life -ever. I'm afraid the same thing will happen to him if we lose our jobs although we do have other money coming in that would pay the mortgage and etc but we would still be tight with my credit card debt. And I'm afraid that Effexor may do the same thing to me. I have to tell my therapist about that fear when I see him this week.

I am pretty sure all of this is anxiety related - I just don't know how to pull myself out of this cycle. It seems to go away once something bad happens - it's like I have a foreboding of something bad happening and I feel this way until it does.

It's an awful feeling and I'm just searching for a way to get over it.

I upped my dose of Klonopin by .25 mg last night and I seemed to feel better until a few minutes ago when my stomach started churning, I started the coughing and then the dry heaves, and now the nose running and feeling the need to run to the bathroom. I have to go to work
in an hour and I am not looking forward to a day full of pain.

My husband tells me I have nothing to worry about which makes it worse cause I have debt he doesn't know about and I feel terribly guilty but I can't tell him until I absolutely have to because I'm afraid he'll have a manic episode and start drinking again which would be worse. But I feel like our relationship will go stale cause of having my mother to care for all these years and because I can't get out of this funk. I'm depressed on top of anxiety ridden. I used to shop to cure my ills before we discovered my husband was bi=polar and realized the reason he drank and was so moody - and made me feel so bad - once he was on meds and stopped drinking everything calmed down --but I still had the bills an dhave to find a way to pay them off. I'm no longer shopping - I have a really frugal attitude now - I'm happy in that respect.

I just simply cannot shake this episode - it usually goes away by now.

I'm scared it won't go away this time. Whci may make all my fears come true. Am I not the WORSE case of anxiety ridden person you have EVER heard of? I may even be OCD about it - which opens up a whole new can of worms.............ARGHHHH!!!!

debaser
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   Posted 10/4/2009 1:17 PM (GMT -7)   
I know how you feel. Like others I think if you were able to relieve some of your stress you'd find yourself doing a lot better. That's easier said than done, especially starting. Just make it a priority and you can do it.

You said they tested you for gall bladder. Ultrasound only? Ask them for a HIDA test if you haven't had one. When I was feeling like you do it took them forever to diagnose me, but it was a gall bladder problem. Ultrasound came up clean but failed the HIDA exam miserably...there was a small, benign tumor blocking things up in there that wasn't seen by ultrasound.

Anyway, it was during that time that I actually developed anxiety disorder. I'd never had anything wrong with me before and suddenly had this weird, undiagnosed illness that made me feel horrible and just went on forever and ever. So I felt bad enough, but on top of that had lots of anxiety making things quite a bit worse and I had no idea what anxiety was (beyond normal-person anxiety).

Stick around here. This forum will help you.

simonsmommie
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   Posted 10/4/2009 11:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Last night I upped my dose of klonopin- the dr knows I won't go up more than .5 at a time so he is alright with it. Amazingly, that along with the protonix the dr is trying me on, my stomach hardly hurt at all today and no anxiety to speak of. The dr has been trying to get me to increase the klonopin dose for awhile, I guess I just had to get sick enough to do it - I'm paranoid about taking too much of any drug - part of my anxiety is that something will happen at work and I'll have to take a drug test- although they have a list of the meds I'm on so it's not like they don't know I have prescriptions for them.

I still haven't taken the effexor - I don't know whether I will or not. I need to talk to doc about that.

I was really surprised at how much better I felt today after upping the klonopin dose just that small amount- I had energy, felt like eating and didn't feel as if the world was going to end today. My stomach problems didn't go totally away, but they were not nearly as bad as the past three weeks.

I have an appt with the GI dr next Tuesday and he said they were going to probably do a CT scan as well as a motility test. I will ask about a HIDA exam. Although I have been through this so many times in my life, I'm certain it is anxiety triggered. I'm working on how to relieve stress - most of which I bring on myself. I hear something and it eats away at me and I just start obsessing about it until my insides are raw.

I need to calm down and take it one day at a time. I just need reassurance that things will work out.

On a lighter note, I'm getting a tattoo of the Chinese characters for faith and hope on the inside of my wrist because I have none of either and need to be reminded. My husband found the characters online for me and thought I might just be doing myself a favor adn two of my three daughters agree with me.

So, we'll see how tomorrow fares with the higher dose of klonopin and the protonix. I just have to remember - One Day at a Time & Out with the bad air, in with the good.

Good Night- Talk to you tomorrow.

Precious Gem
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   Posted 10/5/2009 1:46 PM (GMT -7)   

I had to laugh about the tattoo part "because I have none of either" that was too funny.  You sound like one anxiety ridden person.  I am, was, still am, trying not to be.  The right meds make a big difference and I got to the point of "so what, if they make me feel better and improve the quality of my life, so be it."  Money and relationships are a funny thing.  It is always best to be honest with your spouse, on the other hand, if you make your own money and help with household support, don't you have a right to handle your own finances?  Fine line there.  Guilt is an awful emtion, if it is bothering you that bad, lay it all out on the table and be done with it.  Mark Twain said on his death bed "Most of the things I worried about in life, never materialized."  Try and de-stress, I know it is easier said than done........worried about the flu?  Worrying and anxiety reduces your immune system, making you more suspectible, so stop worrying about it, OK?  And next week you can give me a lecture on what I am worrying about for no good reason. ha ha

Hope today finds you better...hang in there

Gem

 


stkitt
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   Posted 10/5/2009 2:36 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello and glad to hear you are doing better today.  The medication increase seems to have helped along with realizing that you may have what Gail explained is what is known as Anticipatory Anxiety.

Do try to stay in the moment and not worry about tomorrow as it is not yet here and yesterday is gone so the only moment we really have is right now.

Take care and stick with us, we are here to support.

Gentle Hugs

Kitt


 

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simonsmommie
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   Posted 10/9/2009 11:58 PM (GMT -7)   
The dr added celexa to my meds Tuesday but I have had terrible side effects ever since starting it. Today was the worse- I'm sooo tired I can barely keep my eyes open and it has gotten worse as the day has progressed. I feel soooo sooo exhausted. Moreso than I was the first three days-my joints ache and it's a chore to just move. I'm super sensitive to meds anyhow and I'm afraid I'm just ot going to be able to tolerate an a ntidepressant.

I was doing better when I was only taking 1.5 mg of klonopin a day and a 25 mg trazodone at night. I'm not exactly sure why the dr wants to add an antidepressant to the cocktail.

I can't go to work tomorrow feeling this tired--I keep feeling worse every day that I take it.

Any suggestions?

stkitt
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   Posted 10/10/2009 7:59 AM (GMT -7)   

Good morning and I am so sorry you are feeling so awful.

I am like you and seem to be very sensitive to the medications and I have tried many.  Right now I am using Trazodone 100mg at bedtime and Buspar 15 mg twice daily.  I also have Valium to use as needed.

It is always difficult to come up with the right combo of meds that works for each person but please do not give up.  Talk with your Doctor and explain how you are feeling.

Take care and keep on talking with us.

Hugs

Kitt


 

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