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Topic: Anxiety symptom makes me gag

  1. Jill G
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    18 September 2019

    Hi there

    Im still having morning anxiety and nausea and such a struggle until l get going a few hrs later. Ive had this for months some days better than others and lve forgotten what it feels like to feel good anymore.

  2. Jill G
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    18 September 2019 in reply to Jill G
    Sometimes l wonder if it will ever get better.
  3. Guest_2496
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    18 September 2019 in reply to Jill G

    Hi Jill

    It’s hard isn’t it. When I’m going through a period of increased anxiety I always wake up with it.

    I’m wondering if taking some kind of antacid at bedtime would help alleviate the nausea. I’m not a medical professional - you’d need to check with your dr re any other meds you take and interaction but it’s just a thought. I had several months of morning nausea and all day diarrhea:( and it was one thing suggested by a dr. (Not an instant fix)

  4. Jill G
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    18 September 2019 in reply to Guest_2496

    Hi Annie

    Im on no meds had all the tests and all clear. I tried anti acids didnt help to much though. Its a very awful feeling ...thank you for your advice and yes your right increased anxiety does make it worse. Im hoping it will eventually get better.

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  5. Guest_2496
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    18 September 2019 in reply to Jill G
    Mine did and like you I thought it never would. Can’t remember how long it lasted but hoping it will pass for you soon.
  6. Jill G
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    18 September 2019 in reply to Guest_2496
    Thank you Annie lm so hoping to....l guess l feel this way as its been so long. ..again thank you its nice to know lm not alone.
  7. Jill G
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    18 September 2019
    Also Annie l never knew that anxiety could cause such a physical sympton along with weird taste and smells.
  8. Guest_2496
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    18 September 2019 in reply to Jill G
    I found it hard to believe for a while but anxiety can cause so many physical feelings and symptoms so once we’re assured it’s that we have to believe it. Be so much easier if the drs could just get rid of some of the physical symptoms for us ha ha!! grrrr
  9. Jill G
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    18 September 2019
    Absolutely that would be wonderful!
  10. Jill G
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    21 September 2019 in reply to Jill G
    Annie did your physical symptoms go away that you started feeling your old self in the mornings
  11. Jill G
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    21 September 2019 in reply to Mitchy1967

    Hi Mitchy

    Im checking in to see how you are doing and if your physical symptoms have improved. ..hope you are ok

  12. Guest_2496
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    21 September 2019 in reply to Jill G

    Hi Jill

    I had nausea in the morning and IBS during the day for several months. I can’t remember how long it lasted but yes, it did go away.

  13. Jill G
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    21 September 2019 in reply to Guest_2496

    Hi Annie

    You really had it tough and can relate but without IBS. I really hate how this makes me feel...never know what each day will bring. I try so many different things to not focus on it to much. I think lve forgotten how it feels to feel good. Tomorrow its my birthday so lm going to have a good day hopefully. ...thanks again Annie

  14. Guest_2496
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    21 September 2019 in reply to Jill G

    Hope you have a good day and happy birthday for tomorrow:)

    I took an antacid at night for a while and was very careful with what I ate and gradually it got better. As you say trying not to focus on it also helps. What do you do for that? I knit...but I used a lot of YouTube and headspace meditations for a while there.

  15. Jill G
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    22 September 2019 in reply to Guest_2496

    Thank you Annie.

    I like to go for walks or listen to music. I also listened to alot of meditation as well mostly at nights.l try to keep busy. I might try the antiacids again.

  16. Kim-C
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    9 March 2020 in reply to Jill G

    Jill, hi there. How are your symptoms going? I have gagging from my anxiety and have suffered multiple bouts over a few years. First time back in 2011, which lasted for about a year. And now have had it again since about Jan/Feb last year. Like you, mine is bad in the mornings. But it also lasts throughout my day and into my nights. I have to speak publicly for my work and it is crippling. Just so awful. Like you, I’m trying to cope with psych appointments and meditation/exercise. But I don’t seem to be improving this time around. I really hope things are better for you. It really is such a horrible thing to live with. And it’s so rare to find others who understand. Best wishes, Kim

  17. Kim-C
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    9 March 2020 in reply to Jill G
    And Jill, I forgot to say that finding more information on what’s referred to as ‘plum stone throat’ might also be helpful to you. It explains that it is likely a muscle spasm in the throat related to stress (including heightened emotional state) that causes the gagging symptom. I found it helpful to read about. Best, Kim
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  18. Jill G
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    18 March 2020 in reply to Kim-C

    Hi Kim

    Sorry for late reply. My symptoms of gagging or dry heaving for going really well for quite a few months but last 2 mornings its made a return so lm quite distressed. ..lm anxious over this virus so lm guessing my anxiety is rising again. Im scared lm going backwards again. Hope yourvok lm trying not to worry lm going to my gp today.

  19. Jill G
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    18 March 2020 in reply to Kim-C
    Thanks Kim l will look into it. Definitely a awful symptom to get on top of...thanks for help l totally understand.
  20. Sunshine0123
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    27 February 2022 in reply to Jill G

    Hi Jill, I hope you are doing well.

    I came across this post and found the gagging very relatable. Let me explain my situation.

    I started getting anxiety from covid and from the lockdown. I was worried about catching covid because of all the negative information on the media. Along with this, we were stuck in lockdown so there was not much to do but think. My whole routine of working, sports and seeing friends was all changed to just staying at home.

    I usually experience situational anxiety, so it goes away when the problem is cleared. With covid, my anxiety came back. At first I had difficulty swallowing my food. Then I started gagging before my meals because I would feel so nauseas. As lockdown was over, my anxiety went away but it came back again due to worries about other things and with that, came the gagging and feeling spaced out.

    It has been 6 months now. The gagging seems to come before meals when I am feeling extra stressed, but it goes away as quickly.

    It usually happens like this: I feel more spaced out then usual from something stressful, then stress about eating, I feel nauseas and then when I am about to eat, the gagging comes. As silly as it sounds, when I am feeling extra spaced out and nauseas, when I gag I feel better. But I know it's not normal to be relying on that to make the nausea go away. The gagging has only been coming back once a month, but physical symptoms also include spaced out and nauseas before eating due to fears of gagging.

    My psych has said that although I'm not even worried about covid anymore, there's just new anxiety surrounding the symptoms itself.

    I don't know how to break this chain and was if you or anybody else has any advice for this.

  21. Sunshine0123
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    27 February 2022 in reply to Kim-C

    Hi Kim, I hope you are well.

    My anxiety comes with symptoms of difficulty swallowing food because of tightness in throat, nausea, gagging and spaced out.

    I was wondering if you had any advice to the gagging specifically?

    I replied to Jills post explaining my situation but also came across your posts about gagging.

  22. labradoodle
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    13 May 2022 in reply to Jill G

    Hi Jill can totally relate to your issue. I have the same problem recently went and got Hypnotherapy as I had tried everything else to get rid of the dry reaching. I suffer from PTSD from a bad truck accident still suffer from dry reaching have periods where I can go months without any attacks then “bang” it’s back. Am about to Google plum stone throat to find out what it’s about how did you go with it ? Thanks Trev

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