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   Posted 5/1/2007 12:27 PM (GMT -6)   
hello, i'm sorry if this post takes form as an uncontrolled rant, i am just so fed up, i really don't know what to do.
I am 19, male, and around a year ago i started getting very nausious and having excessive sweating, especially but NOT exclusivily in social situations, but i was very mentally comfortable and happy, and have never had a problem before in these situations. I passed everything off as stress, because it was exam time, but exams came and went but the nausea and sweating got worse and i started getting a lot of depression and became very underweight.
I went on an Acne drug, but after one dose i got so ill i couldn't eat for a few days and never really seemed to get better. The nausea is so bad and so disabling i had to drop out of college, and it's been 8 months now and there has been little to no improvment. I have all the tests and nothing is wrong with my stomach, the doctors just keep saying it's anxiety or chronic fatigue sydrome, but i'm not stressed or anxious and i'm not tired, just sick ALL the time.
I have FINALLY been referred to a pracctioner and a phychotherapist(sp?) in a few weeks, but i just feel really given up on. I worked so hard on getting my grades so i could go to uni this year, but it's in 4 months, and right now i can barely walk to the coner shop so i doubt i could move to london and start a new life.
Do you think there is a chance it is some sort of mental disorder making me feel SO sick and depressed?
I have had a rough life, i was pretty badly sexually abused for about 3 years on and off by a friend of the family when i was a child, i had sexual identity problems in my early teens, used to be a self harmer, but the funny thing is, this is the first time in my life things are going well and i'm happy with who i am - but now i feel too sick to get on with my life. I have a wonderful net work of family and friends, i'm happy with the way i look and who i am, i got into the uni i wanted and am DESPERATE to get to London to have a great time - i don't see how it could be stress related?
i'm so frustrated, PLEASE, any advice would be really appriciated. thanks so much, take care. 

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   Posted 5/1/2007 12:31 PM (GMT -6)   
IMHO I would think it is a/p and stress
Your mind could be going back to the abuse you suffered w/o you conciously aware of it .........
As well you are stressed with getting to school in London ....exams .......quite alot of things going on
Just my opinion......read thru some of the old posts you may see yourself in them

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   Posted 5/1/2007 7:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I have (or had, anyway) panic attacks that aren't like most of the ones you read about here. I had the bloating and nausea and lost a lot of weight, too. And I was sensitive to temperature...I'd sweat or have chills. I didn't feel particularly anxious until about a year into it, and then it wasn't too long before they finally diagnosed me with "atypical panic attacks".

At only 19 I would think you'd be unlikley to have this sort of stomach problem, yet I assume you've had a GI look over you. But, yeah, it's very possible anxiety what you're experiencing. Very, very possible. It's good you're being evaluated for it, and you'll feel better once it's treated.

Good luck to you.

Oh, and by the way, if I had experienced these attacks during my college years I wouldn't have been able to go to class, either. Nausea is just an overwhelming thing. It's good you're taking it seriously and also that your doctors are apparently a little smarter than most of mine were. You'll be back on track in no time.
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   Posted 5/1/2007 10:10 PM (GMT -6)   
You say that you're not anxious - but you do mention twice that you get depressed. Anxiety and depression come in lots of flavors and combinations. And there's a blurry place in between the two where you can have both. Regardless, the way you process your life experiences can have a huge impact on your physiology (I'm talking about non-brain physiology).
For instance, when I first entered a period of deep depression/anxiety I had "stomach" pains, no appetite and lost a lot of weight. Did I really have pain (nerve signals from a compromised organ) or was I imagining it? In my situation, they turned out to be colon spasms. I was having real physiological symptoms, but the root cause was anxiety. The anxiety beget the physiological symptoms which beget the anxiety which beget the symptoms...ad nauseum. (see what I did there? ad NAUSEUM.) : )
You've been through some very traumatic stuff. And life continues to be a tramatic experience for you. So yes, it's possible that your illness could have it's roots in an emotional/brain disorder.
Sounds like you're taking some good, intentional steps relative to finding a therapist and hopefully a psychiatrist. And even if you're NOT diagnosed with an emotional illness, your therapist can help you deal with the physical strain and it's emotional fallout. Keep searching - if one doctor/therapist doesn't work out, find another one.
Regardless, this forum is great for hurting people - although sometimes it feels like "The island of misfit toys". : )
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