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Does anybody's anxiety come with overwhelming nausea? Does this nausea ever cause you to vomit?
This has been a common phenomena for me since early childhood, and I'm curious if anybody else has experienced it, or has any information.
 

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My anxiety never came with nausea that caused me to vomit. It did come with splitting headaches and occasional migraines, though.
 

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I'm not officially diagnosed, but maybe should be, so take of it what you will.

Yes, occasionally. In my experience, anxiety-induced nausea occurs when anxiety occurs on top of things that can cause nausea on their own but aren't severe enough to do so (so, minor to moderate dehydration, over-heating, under-eating, etc.), though I can't be sure that those symptoms don't help trigger the anxiety somewhat. Also, if my anxiety is related to a food/weight/self-image trigger, that will usually result in nausea.

I don't have any clinical information about it, but I doubt it's uncommon. Like someone not diagnosed with anxiety may still become nauseous or vomit due to nerves once or twice in their life. Factor in chronic anxiety, and you have a much higher potentiality.

As far as coping goes... ugh, it's such a lose-lose that it's difficult, because I can't think of any natural reaction to nausea or vomiting besides more anxiety. Maybe trying natural cures to the nausea itself first, if possible- drinking cold water, or eating a bit of dried ginger/ginger candy seems to work well for me- and then coping with the anxiety.
 

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Yes! I'm diagnosed with a bunch of anxiety disorders and if I get very anxious I get nauseated and sometimes I do vomit from it. It's terrible, especially since I'm emetophobic (phobic of vomiting).
 

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I separate anxiety into two types generally, mental and physical. They can both feed into each other and increase one another. Its a lot to get into, but basically, the physical anxiety -- whether caused by just a physical condition, or a build-up of mental anxiety can indeed cause nausea. The reason is adrenaline.

Your mind is perceiving threats if you are a sufferer of anxiety, and this gets your adrenaline pumping throughout the day. Eventually, this adrenaline built up in the body is going to dump, course through your body, and you will react the way anyone reacts to a sudden overload of adrenaline -- sharper vision, need to empty the bowels, vomit, feeling shakey, etc.. and all the other symptoms of anxiety potentially.

There is another possibility. If you have a problem with your upper GI at all, or stomach, then you can have some vagus nerve stimulation which actually -causes- anxiety on its own physically.. it also causes vomiting.

Acid reflux sufferers can get hit by a double-whammy here, and actually have their mental anxiety cause their acid reflux to worsen, but then have the reflux cause the physical feeling of anxiety to worsen, in this kind of hellish loop.

I have read that the best way to control one's acid reflux is to avoid stress.

Anyway sure, vomiting or just an upset stomach in general, and anxiety are very interrelated because of adrenaline, or the vagus nerve.
 

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Yes! I'm diagnosed with a bunch of anxiety disorders and if I get very anxious I get nauseated and sometimes I do vomit from it. It's terrible, especially since I'm emetophobic (phobic of vomiting).
I know what you mean. I haven't vomited in over a year now, and the thought of it frightens me. I was desensitized to it as a child because it happened weekly, but now I'm terribly afraid.
 

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I separate anxiety into two types generally, mental and physical. They can both feed into each other and increase one another. Its a lot to get into, but basically, the physical anxiety -- whether caused by just a physical condition, or a build-up of mental anxiety can indeed cause nausea. The reason is adrenaline.

Your mind is perceiving threats if you are a sufferer of anxiety, and this gets your adrenaline pumping throughout the day. Eventually, this adrenaline built up in the body is going to dump, course through your body, and you will react the way anyone reacts to a sudden overload of adrenaline -- sharper vision, need to empty the bowels, vomit, feeling shakey, etc.. and all the other symptoms of anxiety potentially.

There is another possibility. If you have a problem with your upper GI at all, or stomach, then you can have some vagus nerve stimulation which actually -causes- anxiety on its own physically.. it also causes vomiting.

Acid reflux sufferers can get hit by a double-whammy here, and actually have their mental anxiety cause their acid reflux to worsen, but then have the reflux cause the physical feeling of anxiety to worsen, in this kind of hellish loop.

I have read that the best way to control one's acid reflux is to avoid stress.

Anyway sure, vomiting or just an upset stomach in general, and anxiety are very interrelated because of adrenaline, or the vagus nerve.
Thank you very much. That helps me understand it much more.
 

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Yes! I'm diagnosed with a bunch of anxiety disorders and if I get very anxious I get nauseated and sometimes I do vomit from it. It's terrible, especially since I'm emetophobic (phobic of vomiting).
I know what you mean. I haven't vomited in over a year now, and the thought of it frightens me. I was desensitized to it as a child because it happened weekly, but now I'm terribly afraid.
I used to be severely emetophobic! I remember back when I first discovered it, there were only a couple websites on it. I specifically remember an extremely good one which I can't seem to find now. It did a survey of many people and found that emetophobes had outstanding ability to prevent themselves from vomiting, despite feeling much more nausea than the average person. It suggested that vomiting is partially voluntary. This is what triggered my quest to understand and control my own mind ^_^ Haven't vomited in about 14 years, now I'm just trying to keep that streak. O_O

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Many emetophobia sufferers experience frequent nausea and digestive upsets. These are extremely common symptoms of anxiety, and can lead to a self-replicating cycle. You are afraid to vomit, and the fear causes nausea and stomach pain. This makes you feel like vomiting, which in turn makes you more afraid. Research indicates that this cycle may be the result in hypervigilent sensitivity to gastrointestinal symptoms and misappraisal of nausea and other GI symptoms.
What a horrible feedback loop! This helped me understand it:
Some experts believe that emetophobia may be linked to worries about lack of control. Many people try to control themselves and their environment in every possible way, but vomiting is difficult or impossible to control. It sometimes happens at times and in places that are embarrassing or inconvenient, which can be highly distressing.
Hopefully you don't have this! But yes, nausea from anxiety is extremely common so don't worry =)
 

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I used to be severely emetophobic! I remember back when I first discovered it, there were only a couple websites on it. I specifically remember an extremely good one which I can't seem to find now. It did a survey of many people and found that emetophobes had outstanding ability to prevent themselves from vomiting, despite feeling much more nausea than the average person. It suggested that vomiting is partially voluntary. This is what triggered my quest to understand and control my own mind ^_^ Haven't vomited in about 14 years, now I'm just trying to keep that streak. O_O

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What a horrible feedback loop! This helped me understand it:


Hopefully you don't have this! But yes, nausea from anxiety is extremely common so don't worry =)
I've heard that emetophobes often vomit less than average. Unfortunately, I am not one of those:( I have a weak stomach and throw up easily. However, I am prescribed Zofran due to stomach troubles+fear of vomiting interfering with me eating (I used to be anorexic) and it helps a lot.
 

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No nausea here. Just tension headaches and rapid heartbeat, etc
 

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well when im having a panic attack the symptoms i usually have are

racing or pounding heartbeat (palpitations);
chest pains;
stomach upset;
dizziness, lightheadedness, nausea;
difficulty breathing, a sense of feeling smothered;
tingling or numbness in the hands;
hot flashes or chills;
trembling and shaking;
dreamlike sensations or perceptual distortions;
terror, a sense that something unimaginably horrible is about to occur and one is powerless to prevent it;
a need to escape;
nervousness about the possibility of losing control and doing something embarrassing;
fear of dying.
 

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Just curious, how much caffeine/smoking do you do? Lots of times high doses of caffeine/nicotine can cause a lot of anxiety (and make you nauseous). I think a lot of people who have anxiety are big coffee drinkers and/or smokers and might use these two drugs to alleviate the symptoms, and makes the problems worse. Or I could be just talking out of my butt. XD
 

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Yes I had this and actually my ex did (does?) too.

I no longer have it since my current medications have been effective in treating the worst of my anxiety.

One thing that can help is chamomile tea because it both settles your stomach and your nerves, at least as a temporary situational treatment.

I also used to do liquid kava kava but you have to be VERY CAREFUL with kava kava...only small amounts and no mixing with alcohol.
 

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Just curious, how much caffeine/smoking do you do? Lots of times high doses of caffeine/nicotine can cause a lot of anxiety (and make you nauseous). I think a lot of people who have anxiety are big coffee drinkers and/or smokers and might use these two drugs to alleviate the symptoms, and makes the problems worse. Or I could be just talking out of my butt. XD
This is true.
 

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Does anybody's anxiety come with overwhelming nausea? Does this nausea ever cause you to vomit?
This has been a common phenomena for me since early childhood, and I'm curious if anybody else has experienced it, or has any information.
Nausea - yes. Vomiting - no.
 

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Just curious, how much caffeine/smoking do you do? Lots of times high doses of caffeine/nicotine can cause a lot of anxiety (and make you nauseous). I think a lot of people who have anxiety are big coffee drinkers and/or smokers and might use these two drugs to alleviate the symptoms, and makes the problems worse. Or I could be just talking out of my butt. XD
I drink 1 cup of coffee in the morning, and I don't smoke.
I don't have this problem as much anymore though, it was mostly when I was a young child.
 

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Hi people.

I don't have anxiety, but I found something interesting in the product reviews of a magnesium supplement on Amazon. I was looking for a magnesium supplement for my mom's leg cramps, and I came across something called Magnesium Taurate. It's only got 14 reviews, but 4 of the users claim that the product helps with panic attacks and anxiety.

LINK
 

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Does anybody's anxiety come with overwhelming nausea? Does this nausea ever cause you to vomit?
This has been a common phenomena for me since early childhood, and I'm curious if anybody else has experienced it, or has any information.
Yes, mine comes with awful nausea. If I meditate in the morning I can usually beat it. The perfect cure for this is klonopin or xanax. These two bendodyazapine traquilizers make the nausea go away. Marijuana works even better, but that's illegal so I can't tell you to use that.
 
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