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   Posted 7/29/2009 2:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I just found this site, what a great resource!  My issues are all anxiety, panic, depression, insomnia related.  After reading the post by Hopefulmigrainer, I see a lot listed there that I have personally gone through.  I suffer with constant nausea and stomach pain.  Years ago, I spent months going from doctor to doctor trying to find out what was wrong.  I couldn't eat, I couldn't sleep, I was too sick to go to work.  After months and months of intrusive testing, it was determined that I suffer from anxiety/panic.  Like your friend, I lost a bunch of weight because I was too sick to eat.  It is easy to link that to an eating disorder, but that is exactly what happened to me.  I have since been on prescription medication, talk therapy, etc.  My issue now is that I recently got married and my husband can't seem to understand why I'm always sick.  We argue about it and he says that if I know certain foods make me sick, then I shouldn't eat them.  Unfortunately, there are times where everything makes me sick.  This has been a difficult situation for me.  My husband thinks it is very easy to just "wake up happy and greet the day" or to just  "shake it off."  He thinks I want to be sick and miserable all the time.  Right now I am experimenting (with my doctor of course) with different medications, having just come off Zoloft and onto Cymbalta.  The transition has been extremely difficult, and to add to it I am also peri-menopausal, which carries a whole host of it's own symptoms.  I will continue to work on myself, but to Hopefulmigrainer, please offer as much comfort and support to your friend during this time.  She probably feels like no one understands what she is going through.  Whether she does suffer from anxiety or an actuial eating disorder she will need all the love and support she can get.  Hang in there and God bless.
*Taz you tagged onto a old post*I made a new post so you will get more responses.

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   Posted 7/29/2009 3:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Taz,

And welcome to Healingwell. You tagged onto an old post and the original poster is no longer on Healingwell, so I created a new post for you.

With my anxiety I always suffer with gastric issues. As soon as my anxiety starts ramping up I immediately get nausea, diarrhea, and can't eat all. I also have an inflammatory bowel disease so that makes it even harder. But thru therapy and the occasional help of Xanax, I now am able to recognize when the anxiety hits and stop it in its tracks with the help of my Xanax. Maybe you can talk to your doctor about one of these fast acting type of meds for your anxiety. I no longer get so sick anymore due to my anxiety thanks to the Xanax. Hope that helps.

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Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed for my anxiety.  Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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   Posted 7/29/2009 6:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Taz, I'm thinking some marriage counseling would be good. Or maybe your new hubby can see a therapist and learn more about anxiety/panic disorders. They can not be just "shaken off". If it were that easy, millions of Americans wouldn't be going through all this heartache.

You might ask your doc about Eye Movement Desensitization. It worked for me. It takes only a few moments and is done by a therapist. It may help your stomach issues. Also, Compazine is really good for nausea. I used to take it and I didn't experience any side effects.

Lastly, take a look at your life. Get rid of all stress/problems that you can. We only go around once and you don't want to be suffering everyday with these physical and mental issues. Take good care of yourself and remember that we're here for you!
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