People with Agrophobia?

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boxcastle
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   Posted 5/7/2007 3:47 PM (GMT -7)   
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urgggh ok, so i wondered if anyone could give me some reasurrance - i have a really mean doctor who just seems to hate me, so i wanted to see if this made any sort of medical sense before i went to see him next week and risk being laughed at or whatever.
 
I was doing my exams last year and i was on anti-biotics for 9 months for acne (the doctor forgot to take me off of them) and i noticed i was getting sick quite a lot, feeling very nausious and things, so i brought myself off the anti-biotitcs and put the rest down to stress. I started feeling a little bit better with the occasional bad time where i had to suddenly leave to the toilet or whatever, but i got through exams and everything was fine with them. Then summer came and i was under no stress, but got depression and found i was feeling sick a lot, loss of appertite, a lot of anger, lots of funny uncomfort in my stomach but didn't think much of it, just got on with things.
 
Then at the end of the summer i tried another acne treatment and after 1 days dose i got REALLY ill, so ill that i ordered food out a few times and just looking at it made me have to leave the room coz i felt SO bad. I had a camera put down into my stomach and it said i had an inflamed stomach lining, but i have been on treatment for that for maybe 4 months now and my doctor says it should be better by now.
 
The thing is, i have always been a very nervous person and have always been a bit funny with food. I go on 2 hour walks at least 4 times a week, and i feel fine when i'm on them coz i'm alone, but the SECOND i'm in a situation i can't controll or get out of easily, i freak out and feel REALLY heavily sick and like i'm going to faint sometimes. And if i know a friend is comming to visit or i have to go somewhere, i really get worried about it and start feeling bad sometimes days before the event, it's really put my life on hold. Could this be agrophobia?
 
I think i'm suffering from stress and depression also, and this is preventing my stomach from healing properly maybe, because i seem to ALWAYS feel a bit under the weather and nausious, but it gets incredibly bad when in those previously mentioned situations. Does this make medical sense?
 
PLEASE help ease my mind, i'm getting into knotts. If is IS agrophobia, how would they treat me and how long do you think it would take?
 
thanks for reading!!! take care
 

Howlyncat
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   Posted 5/7/2007 3:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Your stomache will and can cause anxiety to be worse in my opinion........
Stress as well as depression could also be a factor I know it wreaks havoc on my body with the crohns
I am not feeling to well myself and when I get in this place I dont eat I am alone here and feel I have no need to cook lol and cannot get fastfood in the town lol.....have no place for that here.......

Be totally HONEST and open with your doc about everything
I feel it is the only way you can be properly DX again my opinion

Be well and let us know

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Howlyncat
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   Posted 5/7/2007 4:02 PM (GMT -7)   
By the way Agoraphobia is nothing like you are describing at ALL so please rest assure you are not agoraphobic by what you state in your post .......

They that have that will let u know what that is
I went thru a period in my life where I COULD not make self go out the door .......

Others will no doubt add input

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stkitt
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   Posted 5/7/2007 5:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello,
 
I am Kitt.
 
You said :  "i have a really mean doctor who just seems to hate me, so i wanted to see if this made any sort of medical sense before i went to see him next week and risk being laughed at or whatever."
 
That alone makes me cringe, I would like you to have a trusting relationship with your physician.
 
You describe many of the symptoms of anxiety/depression.  Some times it is hard to know which comes first?  I may feel depressed and than I get anxious as I am afraid to leave home.  I know you have many of the physical symptoms of anxiety.
 
Who did your endoscioy if I may ask, a GI physician?  You should also follow up with that physician if you are still having symptoms.
 
Keep posting as there are many members here to support you.
 
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debaser
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   Posted 5/7/2007 5:42 PM (GMT -7)   
There's some differences, but your situation isn't entirely dissimilar to what I went through. It doesn't sound as if you're agoraphobic but maybe there's some social anxiety. Agoraphobia is when people seldom if ever leave their house. Anyway, my anxiety and panic presented as nausea and stomach problems, and this came from a real underlying medical situation. I also had gastritis (irritated stomach lining). Antibiotics can sometimes be hard on the stomach. Don't mean to sound self-promoting again, but look at my blog (signature) and go to the "my story" section and read that. See if you can see some similarities.

Either way, it's time to find a new doctor. You're going through enough; adding that kind of worry is useless.
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 5/8/2007 4:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks all for the input hope it is being read
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Take that Lil step ..I will hold your hand and we will make big strides
 
                             
 
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grangerlou
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   Posted 5/8/2007 6:16 PM (GMT -7)   
i agree with all of the above :)  the fact that you can take and enjoy 2 hour walks from home alone rules out agoraphobia in my opinion.  however, i HIGHLY suggest changing your doctor!  i have told my doctor some OUT THERE things and he has never once flinched.  He comforts me and vows to find the problem so that i can feel better.  you should find that in a doctor.  find someone you can talk to and trust!!
 
it's amazing what anxiety can do you to you phsyically.  i was tested for ulcers numerous times to eventually realize what i had was a nervous stomach.  now that i pay more attention i notice it coincide with my anxiety.  even when i don't necessarily think i'm anxious, my body knows!  since the camera went into your stomach i'm sure it would have seen any other abnormality, however i'm not a doctor and maybe you should get more tests to rule out everything possible if you truly are feeling horrible.  anyways, my best advice is to try your best to relax, find a new doctor and don't google your symptoms!  Even though, if you are like me - you already have :)

boxcastle
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   Posted 5/10/2007 8:24 AM (GMT -7)   
hahaha YES i have googled my symptoms a MILLION times, and have been on a million online ensclopedias (however you spell it)

thanks for all the great advice, it has eased my mind a lot already. I just had no idea anxiety could do these things to my body, but when reviewing the last few years of my life i can kind of see that maybe i took on too much mentally, physically and emotionally.

i can't find a new doctor because i live in a tiny farming village so i have to get what i'm given =( , EVEN THOUGH his manner would be better suited to the sheep here.

Any tips about how to go about sorting this thing out? Do they normally give you meds or therapy or a combo or what? how long do these things normally take to sort out? Obviously it depends on the person in question i guess, i'm just so desperate to get my life back on track.

boxcastle
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   Posted 5/10/2007 8:25 AM (GMT -7)   
oh and thanks to Debaser, that site is amazing, i think it's really great that you've done that, i have bookmarked it, i will read through it all.
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