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Hello everyone. I know I have health anxiety but can someone actually explain to me why does it make you feel so sick?

I stopped taking my Prozac yesterday. I just couldn't take that soap taste in my mouth any longer or the chest pains.

I'm seeing a psychiatrist tomorrow but I just cant understand why I get this depressed feeling for no reason. Now I have a cough and my chest is tight. Actually feels like a chest cold. Is this anxiety or actually a cold? How can you tell the difference? I'm so damn tired too.

Does this get any easier? I hate this. I'm perfectly fine in the morning when inwake up until like 2 hours being awake. Then throughout the day I start getting depressed. Why?! I just need someone to talk to. I really hate this!

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Lvictoria, I'm surprised you say you stopped your Prozac yesterday, surely you should gradually reduce the amount over several weeks, not come off it cold turkey when there could be withdrawal symptoms and you certainly don't need those right now. I suggest you discuss it with your psychiatrist tomorrow.

The stomach is the most sympathetic organ in your body as far as anxiety symptoms are concerned which means it's the most common part of your body to react. So nausea is very common with anxiety but it's most unlikely to make you actually be sick. Pop into a supermarket and buy a small piece of root ginger, then slice it paper thin, then steep it in boiling water, allow water to cool and sip/drink. It's a remedy that's been used effectively for thousands of years.

Your depression may be the secondary depression that comes out of anxiety, you're depressed about being anxious perhaps. Just make sure you get plenty of sleep and 'me' time and when the anxiety yields so will yhe depression.

I suggest with all your symptoms of anxiety that you accept them for the time being knowing they can do you no real harm: accept the symptoms calmly and with as little fear as you can as fear is what fuels anxiety disorders. If you refuse to be bullied by your symptoms of anxiety and truly accept them, utterly accept them, then your nervous system will lose its sensitivity and you will cease to be troubled by the bad feelings.

Everything will turn out alright for you, I assure you, the power of anxiety is limited and you are not going to experience anxiety for ever. If you practice Acceptance then in time your symptoms will pass and you will be able to reclaim your normal self once more.

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I was only taking prozac for a week and I could easily take it again today. I would of only missed a day. But i can tell u that since I havent been on it I feel so depressed even more. So maybe ill go back on the Prozac. I'm just not like the symptoms and I think the depression is from the anxiety. I'm just so upset that its back and I feel lile I can't even go anywhere any more. I'm literally in so much mental pain and now my stomach is acting up from it. I constantly feel shaky. Its just so hard to accept this anxiety.

I honestly hate this feeling all I wanna do is cry all day long. But I also dont wanna be on medication. Although I did feel better on it. It just made me feel like my depression is 10x worse.

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Also I am sleeping just fine as far as "me" time I don't get any of that and when I am alone I have worse anxiety and I am really scared cause I feel like something bad is gonna happen when I'm alone.

Also the prozac was making me feel hungry 24/7 but when I would eat it tasted nasty and I lost my appetite.

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Prozac takes two weeks to kick in if I remember correctly !

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Ugh since ive been on it I've been feelimg so sick. Literally! My chest hurts, its triggering my asthma. Idk if I'm really sick or its the meds. The Dr told me 4 weeks.

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I'm sorry you feel sick .

When I was 20, I had a really bad binge eating disorder that I felt took over my mind and life so I went to a psychiatrist who decided I was depressed and put me on Prozac the very first visit , which I think it's a big no no . Well I took it and felt better after an hour . Hah . It wasn't the pill , it was my mind . The placebo effect is pretty high in me . I studied psychology in college . The mind always fascinated me and I'm pretty self aware so I refuse to go the med route for my anxiety . I calm myself by meditating to the calm app . Sometimes it takes me an hour but I do whatever I got to do . The hardest but best thing we can do is to be patience with ourselves. It's hard bc no one wants to feel uncomfortable and suffering . It's true what everyone says, fighting it makes it worse . And even knowing that doesn't always help in the moment . I had anxiety this morning and I was up at 6:30am meditating . I know it Doesn't work for everyone . This morning was a little bit more rough for me bc I got too into my head but I'm good now

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I wish I could do that. When ibwas younger (16) I had anxiety really bad. I thought the world was ending and I had a brain tumor. I went to the hospital and they put me on meds. Well they had a bad interaction with me and I flushed them down the toilet. Ever aince then I was great. But then in the middle of July I felt sick and the doctors couldnt figure it out. Eventually, after multiple drs, the figured it was my tonsils. Now they are out and my anxiety is still here. Not as bad as it was when onwas going threw all that. All I wanna do is cry all day. Smells are so sensitized that I feel there ks something seriously wrong. Now I'm fearing i have ling cancer cause I have a cough and my chest hurts. I just came back from my psychiatrist and he said I have bipolar depression, anxiety and depression. He stills wants me on the prozac but also gave me latuda.

I just want this all to end. I feel so overwhelmed all the time. Everything bothers me. Like I just want it to end.

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Oh man I'm really sorry . Did u ever suspect you were bipolar ? I wouldn't have that thought .

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Nope never thought that. I mean i would go from happy to sad in a second but I was like that even as a child. I definitely think being sick triggered something and now im just stuck in a dark place

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I hope you find the strength to see the "light at the end of the tunnel"

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Me too! Lately ive been feeling like I just don't wanna be here anymore. If this is life for the past 2 months why do I wanna live it?

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Everyone suffers in life . Life is worth living . One day you will look back at this time in ur life and it'll be just a memory !

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Thats what my mom keeps telling me. Its just so hard to believe in that now. Its been a bad 2 months. I read on here that someone has been suffering for 2 years with this and I just would not know how to be as strong as they are. I wish i had their courage.

Everyday i wake up and think about all the stuff i habe to do and I get so upset because I just dont have it in me to do it anymore. Even eating is a task. Ive lost so much weight in the past 2 months I look like a whole different person.

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I've been suffering nearly 2 years with anxiety now and it's awful. I haven't got any better but I still won't take the sertraline they give me as being anxious makes me more scared to take the tablet as I worry bout side effects. I'm like u, just want to feel like a normal person again x

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I understand completely and I can honestly say I did not want to take the Prozac but I felt more like me when I was on it daily. Now because I skipped a day I'm back feeling like crap. I would try the meds they gave you and just see how it affects you. Idk how you've been doing it for 2 years. You are very strong !!!

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I don't know how I've managed myself! It's the worst thing ever feeling like this all the time. I can't even enjoy a night out as I always worry how I'm gonna feel when I'm out and I don't like drinking a lot cos makes my anxiety worse

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Yes see when I drink I feel better but the next day is when all the suicidal thoughts come and I hate life. It's just going out is the problem I'm afraid to leave my own house.

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I mean if u were fine all these years , it sounds like the tonsil surgery triggered something .

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Oh and I beat that eating disorder on my own ! Years of training my mind to think differently 💪🏼 I have my moments every once in awhile if I'm stressed but I don't have that same mentality as I did when I was younger .

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Lvictoria, if you felt better on the prozac I would go back on it, not for ever but just until you can get your head round your symptoms with the help of the psychiatrisr. There is no shame in taking meds, they are there to help us when things become overwhelming, they have their part to play in recovery. The soap tadte and some of your other symptoms may be because you just started on prozac and will fade after a while as side effects from meds often do.

Depression is depletion, your mind and body are in need of rest and relaxation and sleep, less work and worry. Start putting yourself first, put your recovery first, be ruthless. You won't feel like this for ever.

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I had anxiety when i was young i was afraid of the world ending and then I got over it. This is all new for me. Its never been this bad.

I just dont like the fact that I am this bad and need meds. I think thats what really bothers me. I wanna be me again.

I don't ever get me time because I have 3 kids. By the time they go to sleep I follow shortly behind them.

See being really tired scares me cause I think im really sick and need rest. But then I cant nap cause of the kids.

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Forgive me if I've told you about this before and I know the last thing you want is a self help method that involves reading a book, you'd rather the Wizard of Oz came along and waved a magic wand and it all went away. Well, that's not going to happen but this book is the second best thing to a magic wand. Many years ago a young woman was studying for her medical degree and she started to experience anxiety disorder. As luck would haveit she worked out a method that helped her recover based on the mantra Face - Accept - Float- Let time pass. Then she wrote a short book setting out her Acceptance method for recovery from anxiety disorder and depression. In the U.S. it's titled 'Hope and help with your nerves' and you can order it from Amazon.com for just a few dollars new or used. If you read the reader reviews you'll see over 500 reviews and all of them except for about 15 rate her nethod Very Good or Excellent. If you decided to read it you would soon recognise yourself in its pages, it's almost as if she knows you and has written it specially for you. It will quickly bring you understanding and reassurance and then puts firward a simple plan for recovery. I said simple not easy. I said simple not instant.

It's worth thinking about.

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U know i was actually looking into buying that. I just keep forgetting to buy it honestly. My memory isnt really there lately.

The physical pain of anxiety is absolutely the worse ill tell u. I literally feel sick and my body aches constantly.

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I know how you feel Lvictoria81i sufer from health anxiety and at the moment it's the worst that ever been. I am crying all the time now and all this pain and ache all over my body especially my arms back and legs makes me even worst I have two kids and I can understand how hard is it to deal with everything.i hope you feel better soon.

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Yes its the absolite worse. I wish I knew what brought this on. I hate it all I do is cry and then i get urges to cry but I can't.

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It doesn't become easier, but you become stronger -of you let yourself. If you let fear write your story and you hold back from doing things, you become weaker from it and it will consume your life. <-- been there and done that. I give it to God. I fix the things I can control and give the rest to Him. Seriously, it works

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I wish I could be like that. But at the moment I lost all belief. I dont understand why God is putting me threw this and all I do is ask him to help me and he doesnt. I'm so afraid he is going to take me away from my kids.

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Ahh, but He WILL help you, sometimes through others (perhaps that's why we are commenting). However, if God doesn't let you learn from this, it will have been a wasted opportunity, so He probably would rather you learn to think differently and come into closer communion with Him during this hard time than Him just heal you. Remember, our thoughts and fears (sin in fact) are what got us here. We will be better people once we understand what caused this and how to overcome it. Once I glimpsed the big picture, I actually thanked God for letting me get symptomatic anxiety. Prozac is good & bad. It will help you get better (it helps some people) with less effort on your part. It has a numbing effect on your emotions so you can't keep scaring yourself. The goal is to be able to stop scaring yourself eventually without meds. For now, if I were you, I think I would stay on the Prozac until I felt stable, work with a counselor, then slowly wean off. Blessings...

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Thank you. My doctor wants me on the prozac still so I guess i shall listen. He also just gave me latuda for night time. I just want all of this to end. Ive been trying so hard to just accept everything but i can't I feel like I have some type of illness that is literally slowly killing me.

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I totally understand! I know that feeling all too well! Trust us, we've been there. You know what it is, stop doubting and just keep right on living your life as if it wasn't there. That's what I did, and I felt absolutely terrible some days, still do occasionally, but as I persevere, I see the anxiety slowly dying from lack of attention.

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How did u just up and go? I have no motivation at all. I literally feel so sick leaving the house. I'm even scared to cause I feel like something bad is going to happen.

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Right now the power is out, wind is crazy, & a few trees are down as Tropical Storm Irma is hitting my house, so my safe place is not so safe! But, I realized that I had to stop fearing my symptoms, and if they keep you home, they're getting too much respect. I still sit toward the back or near a door, so I've got to overcome ALL fear, but at least I'm going. I'm trying to welcome the symptoms. I realize that fear or attention to the symptoms makes them worse. Just start doing things. One step at a time.

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Read your last comment to me. That's what has to change at the root of your problem. Reword those sentences to eliminate all fear & doubt, "I might feel bad at first because of years of worrying, but that's the old me, I am not worried now and I can handle feeling bad for a while. It will get better as I grow in The Lord and become more faithful and less of a worrier"...

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Omg are u guys ok? I feel so bad now venting about whats going with me when there are so many people being hit with Irma. Please stay safe!

I'm trying very hard to change the way i think but its just so hard right. I'm starting to hate myself and anger is getting inside me!

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There's where the enemy comes in. All this doubt, all of this fear leads us further down its destructive path. Understand that God is allowing you to go down this path, but he's not putting you through it. There is a lesson to be learned, a strength to be gained from this. Like Usagold, I am thankful now that I have this. I thank God for it because it's made me so much stronger now than I was. Before I prayed for God to take this away, and I prayed and prayed for that. It seemed like there were no answers. So I started cleaning my life up, then answers were coming, but they weren't the ones I wanted to hear. It began to look more and more like I was going to have to go through this and not have it just taken away so effortlessly. Life is about growth and if this was taken away, then you wouldn't have the strength needed to battle this head-on when it shows itself again. When you go through this process of growth, you will be healed. It wont all be easy, it will try to come back, but you will have the tools needed to be victorious.

I had more than I could deal with on my own, I did as I mentioned in my first reply and pressed on. It wasn't easy, but I'm getting my life back and I'm my genuinely happy, coffee drinking self again.

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Oh how I miss my coffee. I went from drinking it everyday to not drinking it at all. It made me have anxiety attacks. I'm feeling somewhat better now but everyday is so hard to deal with. I've been trying so hard but I just don't have the fight in me lately. Everyday around dinner time I start to feel so depressed and overwhelmed. I just don't know what else to so anymore.

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Lvictoria81, I understand the way you feel. Anxiety has been in my life since I was 9 years-old and I'm 40 now, so I relate with those ups and downs. I struggle with it, but I just force myself not to stay anxious. Allow your body to get anxious, but don't let dwell on it. And always try doing the opposite of what anxiety won't allow you to do. I have daily challenges, but try to believe that they will not last forever. It's hard, but the only one able to defeat our anxieties are ourselves. Take care.

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See im trying that but its so hard at the moment. Im afraid to go anywhere because I get sick. Then i get embarrassed. I feel so weird when im alone or out. Whennim around my boyfriend or family I feel ok. Not as bad. I just dont know how else to defeat this. I bought adilt coloring books. I tried listening to meditation. I listened to music. I read books it just doesnt help anything.

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That all sounds very familiar. We all create our mental comfort zones and going outside of those boundaries is the scariest feeling. The best part of all this is that you're not alone. You're not the only one with these feelings. Acceptance is difficult. I was very upset at myself for feeling this way. So that depressed me even more. Now, I just know that anxiety is part of my personality, so I try to confront it instead of fighting it. If your family or boyfriend make you feel safe, then do activities with them. You already know they will be there for you. But don't isolate yourself because it will be hard to get out of that vicious cycle. Let me know how it goes with your appointment.

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I'm glad I'm not the only one that suffers from this. It's nice to know I'm not alone in this. My appointment was today and he basically told me I need to be medicated because my anxiety is very high so I have to stay on Prozac and he also gave me latuda for bedtime. Hopefully this stuff works. I just want a quick fix but I know that's not gonna happen. He also said I have a bipolar disorder as well. I have to go back in 3 weeks and see how I'm doing and he's going to start therapy. He also told me to stop swimming in life and just float for right now. He said I'm pushing myself way to hard and my upbringing in life has caused this.

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You'll feel better with medication and the bright side is that once the doctor thinks you're ready without medications, then it will be easier to wean off taking Prozac than others meds. Just give yourself some time. You'll feel better soon. Therapy is a good thing to vent our emotions. I think you'll be fine soon. This will not be forever. Believe me.

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Gosh I hope so. I really do this is mentally exhausting. I just wanna be "normal" again!

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Take it easy, rest, sleep all day if you have to.... your body needs a break! Let the Prozac kick in.... keep going.... I had awful anxiety attacks starting up the Prozac and felt all the feelings you are going through but very slowly they got less to the point I could start looking into and making use of self help whereas before the motivation wasn't there! You will have ups and downs and then your brain will level out. Your brain chemicals are just out of whack and need to be replenished back to a 50/50 consistency. There is no reason to find for it as it's simply unbalanced chemicals.... it can happen to anyone. The best thing you can do right now is take the meds. Prozac can make anxiety worse before it gets better just remember to tell yourself it's ok it's just the meds getting to work and levelling everything out .... thinking of you I know how lonely a place it can be when your in the grip of anxiety. Try breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth ( good deep breaths) ... we tend to breath shallow when we are anxious! Count the deep breaths until the anxiety passes. See if you can get your numbers down. Know that this will not take you away from your children because you won't allow it too because you know how much pain it would cause your little ones and that you couldn't do. Always seek help if you feel your at the point you can't go on!! We are all routing for you and will always be here .... you can do this

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Thank you so much. I truly appreciate everything you said! I'm going to keep going with the Prozac like you said. The dr also just gave me latuda. Have you ever heard of this? I'm not googling anything!!!!

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You are more than welcome and no sorry I haven't heard of it , to be honest the only one I know is Prozac

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Ok. I've never heard of latuda either

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Did your doc not tell you what it was/for?

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It's for bipolar but strictly only to be taken at night

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I always like to google meds before I take them to learn about them but I'm not doing it this time

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I was taking prozac for years...together with diazepam (that's another story!) ...but came off the prozac with NO problems...it is NOT an addictive drug and anyone SHOULD be able to stop taking it relatively easily (depending on your dose of course...) - any drug has different possible side effects...and obviously this doesn't suit you....I'd go to your GP asap....and if he/she isn't helping you with this problem....go to a different one. This absolutely should NOT be happening.

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