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Feeling depressed. Why am I having fobia of vomiting and feeling nauseous?

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thanks why has this fobia of vomiting and feeling nauseous taken over my life doc says im depressed due to losing my husband but im not a depressive person im trying st johns wort but just as sick this morning ant advice thanks conroy
Posted Thu, 26 Jul 2012 in Depression
Answered by Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar 1 hour later
Hi and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your question...

I'm sorry that you are going through a difficult time. I will definitely try my best to help and guide you with my suggestions.

I would like to know some more details about your problem so that I can understand and help you better...

Could you explain more about what you mean by "phobia of vomiting"? ("phobia" usually refers to an irrational fear of something) Are you having repeated episodes of vomiting or are you just afraid that you would vomit?

How long have you been having this problem?

How did the symptoms start (all of a sudden or gradually)?

How is your mood lately?

Are you suffering from any anxiety symptoms like feeling restless or panicky, palpitations, excessive sweating, tremulousness, heaviness over the head or tightness around the chest, etc.

How is your sleep and appetite?

Are you able to talk to people, have fun and do things which you used to enjoy doing before?

When did your husband pass away? (I'm sorry about his loss...) How has your life changed after that?

Please get back to me with these details so that I would be able to understand your problem better and help you appropriately.

- Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar
Consultant Psychiatrist

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Follow-up: Feeling depressed. Why am I having fobia of vomiting and feeling nauseous? 40 minutes later
sorry doctor tried to send off answers now dont know if i did it correct im new to this new way of communicating you may now have two rants about questions you kindly sent if there was a pill to stop feeling sick i would be fine its taking over my life have to beat it trying st jihns wort dont want anti depressants ive loving family great friends who all think im fine but i know i havent coprd with husbands death an house empty thank you it has been good to rank on to someone i dont have to pretend too god bless you in work you are doing in helping people
Answered by Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar 2 hours later
Hi again and thanks for writing in...

I'm not sure if I have missed another reply from you with the answers. Anyways, its good to hear that you have caring family and friends to support you. Still, I know how difficult it is to come to terms with a huge loss like yours and I hope that you are able to soon find the strength to overcome.

There are medication which can can help alleviate your nausea and vomiting, but it is always better to take them with a presciption from your doctor. Some such medication are Zofran (Ondansetron), Motilium (Domperidone), etc. Sometimes, increased acidity can also cause gastric symptoms like nausea, in which case medication for that like Protium (Pantoprazole), Zantac (Ranitidine) or antacids can help.

Dietary modifications like avoiding fatty foods, eating smaller and more frequent meals, increasing the fibre content in your diet can also be of help.

Though you may not show outward signs of depression, underlying stress can sometimes result in physical symptoms. For example, stress can increase acidity and cause gastric symptoms like stomach burn, nausea, etc. I respect your choice of not wanting to take anti-depressants. But do keep talking and sharing / expressing your feelings with someone. That will help offload a lot of stress. Try to keep yourself occupied and avoid being alone. Maybe you can find a new hobby or learn something new (it's never too late!). Eat healthy and do a bit of regular exercise everyday.

If at any time you feel that things are getting out of hand or you are not able to cope, please don't hesitate to talk to your doctor.

I wish you good health and a speedy recovery.


- Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar
Consultant Psychiatrist
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thank you for your help
Answered by Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar 1 hour later
It's my pleasure... Take care.

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