Hi All! I am new to the group and wanted to introduce myself. I have emetophobia (fear of vomiting) and had my first panic attack because of it at age 11. I've been having panic attacks now for 20 years. I finally went to a dr about it at age 22. Xanax was prescribed as needed. There were times where I didn't need to take a xanax for months. Starting about 4 months ago, I started having stomach issues. I was told I had an ulcer and was put on Aciphex. That seemed to help the stomach situation some. After finishing the Aciphex, my stomach issues got much worse. I have lost 17 lbs since Thanksgiving, cannot eat, do not want to eat and because of my emetophobia, anything to do with my stomach forces me into a major panic attack. My emetophobia has now turned into social phobia & agoraphobia. I was feeling like there was no hope! I went to see my dr. yesterday. He started me on Celexa and increased my xanax. I'm supposed to take the celexa first thing in the morning, as I did this morning. I got ready for work and as soon as I got in the car, I had a panic attack. I actually had to pull over several times to just keep myself sane. I then had to take my xanax and quickly realized that I had no business driving. I had to call into work sick and I'm tired of having to miss work - especially in this economy! Does anyone suffer from emetophobia? Anyone been on both Celexa & Xanax? I need some guidance and support on this to make sure that I'm going to make it!!
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