Sorry if this post is long. So I have suffered with anxiety for a few years now and it has gotten progressively worse. It seems as though I am constantly faced with a new symptom that completely consumes me. Once I conquer one, a new one appears. First, I had difficulty swallowing, then difficulty breathing which stopped me from eating solid food for a whole month (fear of choking/suffocating). Then I faced a traumatic event that triggered extreme depersonalization/derealization (this caused me to have a fear of going crazy that I still obsess over every single day). Now, about a month ago I started having stomach issues and found that I had an h pylori infection (bacteria in stomach). I took course of antibiotics and finished about a week ago. Since this incident, I suffer from constant nausea- something that is extremely unpleasant for an emetephobe (fear of vomiting). I feel nauseaous from the second I wake up to the second I go to sleep. This has caused me to have many panic attacks daily and constant fear as well as crying because I am TERRIFIED of vomiting. Just the thought of it throws me into panic. The doctor prescribed me an anti nausea medication called zofran (so strong that it is given to cancer and post-surgery patients). I have been taking it 2-3 times a day, every day for about 2 weeks and I am scared because not even that is helping the nausea. I only take it because it gives me a peace of mind that I WON'T vomit if I am taking it given it's strength. However, it causes severe constipation (I barely go once about every 10 days), sorry for the TMI. I don't know what to do anymore. As a result of the nausea, I have practically stopped eating, am barely drinking, can't sleep, and am afraid to leave my house. I constantly obsess over the way my stomach is feeling and how I may be sick and then start freaking out and having full blown panic attacks. Nothing is helping; I've tried the zofran, ginger tablets, tea, gravol, pepto bismol, saltine crackers, and ginger ale. I have tried eating and not eating, with neither making a difference. I hate feeling this way and am unable to live like this. I'm scared it will never go away, or that I will vomit (huge fear). Plus, I am only 16 and am scared to go back to school in September because of this nausea. I have practically spent the whole summer in my house, scared to leave because of how sick I feel. It has also been making me really depressed and I can't stand feeling this way. Interestingly, I haven't actually vomited yet throughout this whole thing but I am not sure if this is because it's all in my head or if its because I'm taking zofran. So I'm scared to stop taking zofran but the Doctor said it's bad to take it for a long period of time. Has anyone felt this way before? Is it all in my head? Does it ever go away? I'm in need of serious reassurance here.
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