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Emetaphobia

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • September 18, 2007
  • 03:22 PM

For as long as I can remember I have been deeply scared of being sick & anyone around me being sick.

Recently it has become an obession. Ive been ill and one of the symptoms has been nausea, Ive been taking anti-emetics. But it got to the point where I began storing them even when I didnt need them. If I do feel sick I will freeze up, shake, cry. I have found a few things to do to take my mind off like come on the computer or txt which usually help take my mind off. But i will think about it all day.

If someone tells me they are ill I have to know why incase it happens to me. I am also very funny with things I eat. I have a stomach problem that stops me eating certain things but I will not even try new things or eat certain meats etc for fear of getting ill. I also find I get travel sick now but feel that this may be just part of the anxiety as I never had any problems until i became ill.

Any ideas, suggestions. Family can't really understand my problem, they just think im slightly weird.

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  • Have you seen a therapist to help you with your anxiety and fear? I can only imagine what a terrible phobia this must be. I came across this link from another phobia message board I was at. I don't know if you know this site? http://www.emetophobia.org/default.asp I hope it helps if you haven't seen it yet.
    Nymphete 21 Replies
    • September 19, 2007
    • 01:43 AM
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  • I have the exact same problem! Every day I wake up with the fear of vomiting, but what makes it worse is my IBS is making me feel sick and bloated. I'm taking tablets to control my IBS, and they are helping. I need help though, emetophobia is taking over my life. What should I do?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 19, 2007
    • 05:18 AM
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  • Well i am so relieved that other people have the same fear that i have been living with for so many years. I am so bad that i have to know why other people are feeling sick so i don't get it. If someone around me has the stomach flu, then i sanitize like crazy. Especially in the bathroom, i will wash the toilet seat before i use it. I can't look at anyone vomiting, because it makes me want to vomit as well. I am also afraid of being in public for fear of vomiting everywhere and not making it to the bathroom. When i do go out, i always have to know where the bathroom is and be close to it. The thought of vomiting makes me nervous/anxious, sweaty, hyper-ventilate, and i get that feeling that i can't breathe and just need fresh air to feel better. Oh and i use a wet face cloth or splash water on my face to feel better. The cold water kinda shocks me and cools me down so i forget about the thought of vomiting. I think i am crazy for feeling like this. I think that it has to do with when i was about 10 years old and had the stomach flu or food poisoning and threw up all over the place. So i think that one bad experience made me afraid of throwing up. I have thrown up twice since i was 10 and i am now 31. I need some help about this.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 18, 2008
    • 11:14 PM
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  • interesting that emetaphobia is mentioned on a panic board. i have the same thing and its from having two bad experiences being sick. one stomach flu and one seasick. i also hate when people around me puke and the smell and sight makes me sick.like you i avoid certain foods and never eat too much at once. if i feel at all nauseous, i even sometimes take a bactrim tablet and dramamine as a 'guard' against being worse and i will go without eating until i feel normal again.that said, gastro enteritis, no matter how hard u scrub u are gonna get it if youre around someone who has it. its terribly contagious and if you have it you can infect someone else even days after you feel better - i know, ive given it to someone i hadnt seen in over a week, a week after i was symptom free, and i had caught it off a friend who had sworn she'd been better for a week as well.the good news is that i believe once you get these bugs, you are immune for possibly years. that explains why so many of us fear being sick but in reality we only are actually sick once in a while.i dont go on boats cos i get seasick even with tablets and i hate being a passenger in a car.and to this day i wont eat baked beans or pickles. baked beans cos they look like puke and feel like youre swallowing sick, and pickles cos i was sick on those and remember what it looked like, oh and scrambled eggs.i kind of envy people who couldnt care less if they are sick, as if they've sneezed.fact is, being sick rates top ten of lifes most unpleasant things, no wonder so many of us hate it. dont really think it ought to fall under a phobia. i think its a rational fear like childbirth. and id probably rather push out a baby again then be sick.
    dani_cali 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • Yes same here too! I am soo scared of vomiting. If someone says they don't feel good I always ask why. If I eat something I always ask my mom if I will get sick if I eat another thing. I remember last year my brother had the stomach flu and when I heard him vomiting I almost fainted. I felt so weak. I think my fear has something to do with when I was at school and I was walking to my bus and this other girl came and threw up all over me. I panicked really bad. But yea im so glad i'm not the only one either.
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  • Just want to mention that Bactrim interacts with alcohol, and the effect of it is nausea and vomiting. It isn't universal, but it is common enough, and I thought it was something useful to mention. Anyway, if you look it up on Web MD, you'll see this.I have the phobia, too, so I can relate. interesting that emetaphobia is mentioned on a panic board. i have the same thing and its from having two bad experiences being sick. one stomach flu and one seasick. i also hate when people around me puke and the smell and sight makes me sick.like you i avoid certain foods and never eat too much at once. if i feel at all nauseous, i even sometimes take a bactrim tablet and dramamine as a 'guard' against being worse and i will go without eating until i feel normal again.that said, gastro enteritis, no matter how hard u scrub u are gonna get it if youre around someone who has it. its terribly contagious and if you have it you can infect someone else even days after you feel better - i know, ive given it to someone i hadnt seen in over a week, a week after i was symptom free, and i had caught it off a friend who had sworn she'd been better for a week as well.the good news is that i believe once you get these bugs, you are immune for possibly years. that explains why so many of us fear being sick but in reality we only are actually sick once in a while.i dont go on boats cos i get seasick even with tablets and i hate being a passenger in a car.and to this day i wont eat baked beans or pickles. baked beans cos they look like puke and feel like youre swallowing sick, and pickles cos i was sick on those and remember what it looked like, oh and scrambled eggs.i kind of envy people who couldnt care less if they are sick, as if they've sneezed.fact is, being sick rates top ten of lifes most unpleasant things, no wonder so many of us hate it. dont really think it ought to fall under a phobia. i think its a rational fear like childbirth. and id probably rather push out a baby again then be sick.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 30, 2009
    • 09:46 AM
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