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Nausea while eating in public

Hooray! A new symptom of anxiety! My anxiety and panic attacks generally manifest in nausea but this latest development is very frustrating. The past couple of weeks, I've been unable to eat in public. I work a 40/hr job so I am forced to eat at work. I've tried protein shakes but those have upset my stomach in uh...other ways. I try to eat foods that I really like as a sort of enticement but it's only getting worse. Has anyone else gone through this and, if so, what did you do?

Note: I am currently in therapy and have been off Sertraline for nearly a year. I've tried the old stand by tricks of ginger and mint so I'm looking for more anecdotal information (i.e. how you helped yourself) Thank you!!!

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Have you tried sea bands? I was skeptical of them until I tried them. After I have them on for about 5 to 10 minutes I feel so much relief.

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I have used them in the past but it might be time to bust those babies back out! Thank you for the advice! :)

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It’s one of the only things that I have found that actually helps. I felt like I was going to turn into a peppermint for awhile there. Lol. I was eating so many of them and using peppermint oil like crazy. Don’t even get me going on the ginger chews. Those things were such a hot mess for me. Sea bands are the only things that have helped. I hope they work for you!

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Ha! I swear, if it weren't the Holiday season, my consumption of mint would be considered obscene. Right now I just look like a hip millennial with all my peppermint everything. ;)

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I used to do the same thing if I happened to be eating alone without any company (like running out to a diner for lunch or something). I started facing away from the crowd (towards a window or even a wall with a nice picture and after I'd order, I'd put on some noise cancelling headphones and watch a comedy or something on my phone. It helped immensely.

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Right now I'm at lunch but I'm (obviously) on a computer writing you all while listening to a thunderstorm on my "Calm" App. It seems to be helping. :)

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what are sea bands are they available in uk.

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They are little elastic cloth bands that you wear on your wrist. The band has a plastic button on the under side. You place the band, button side down, two fingers above your wrist. It activates a pressure point that helps calm nausea and dizziness.

I've found mine at grocery stores, a local gas station like Walgreens (or Tesco I think you all might call it?) <-- I'm sorry if that's wrong, I'm just a dumb American ;)

I also found some on Amazon:

amazon.com/Motion-Sickness-...

Wishing you the best! :)

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