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Anxiety waking up at night? feeling sick
« on: September 02, 2010, 02:59:55 PM »
Has anyone experienced waking up at night with nausea from your anxiety? my current REALLY bad (worse one yet) cause of health anxiety is over an abdominal sensation / mild pain thing Ive had for almost 2 years. I went a good part of this time not freaking out about thinking it was something minor GYN related, now that the GYN sent me to a GI doctor and the scare of Crohn Disease was put before me I am freaking out even more. My biopsies for Crohn's came back negative and I just cant believe it and move on. My symtoms have "coincidentally" gotten SO much worse since that diagnosis scare. I am Phobic about Crohn's now.

Anway, I was suffering with some nausea before (an anxious then) and would experience waking up feeling this way occasinoally but now its happening every night! I wake up, feel nausous or just sick, lay back down and fall back asleep. somtimes Ill wake up again and the nausea is fine. It usually happens around 2-3 am when I wake up to pee normally. I feel like the sick feeling /nause was there before I woke up, not like it came on in a panic after waking.

I am so afraid it is something more serious or the Crohn's that I can't chill out.

I also wonder at times if it is my Birth control that I take at night BUT, I sometimes get this nausea during the day or morning for a bit. sometimes I am still hungry through the nausea.
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Re: Anxiety waking up at night? feeling sick
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2010, 07:12:52 PM »
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Re: Anxiety waking up at night? feeling sick
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2010, 07:54:12 PM »
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  Has anyone experienced waking up at night with nausea from your anxiety? my current REALLY bad (worse one yet) cause of health anxiety is over an abdominal sensation / mild pain thing Ive had for almost 2 years. I went a good part of this time not freaking out about thinking it was something minor GYN related, now that the GYN sent me to a GI doctor and the scare of Crohn Disease was put before me I am freaking out even more. My biopsies for Crohn's came back negative and I just cant believe it and move on. My symtoms have "coincidentally" gotten SO much worse since that diagnosis scare. I am Phobic about Crohn's now.

Anway, I was suffering with some nausea before (an anxious then) and would experience waking up feeling this way occasinoally but now its happening every night! I wake up, feel nausous or just sick, lay back down and fall back asleep. somtimes Ill wake up again and the nausea is fine. It usually happens around 2-3 am when I wake up to pee normally. I feel like the sick feeling /nause was there before I woke up, not like it came on in a panic after waking.

I am so afraid it is something more serious or the Crohn's that I can't chill out.

I also wonder at times if it is my Birth control that I take at night BUT, I sometimes get this nausea during the day or morning for a bit. sometimes I am still hungry through the nausea.
 


My first part is more of a rambling, kind of musing of how anxiety mucks with people and loosely attempts to answer the bolded above.  I don't know how helpful it will be, BUT here goes my ramble.   :winking0008:

Anxiety is much more than the mind.  It makes your body react physically.  All too often anxiety strikes the gut first.  There is so much research out there now about the mind/gut connection that I find fascinating.   You've had the tests for Crohn's and apparently you don't have it.  Why is it that you can't believe the state of the art tests here?  This is, imo, very indictative of anxiety disorders.  Doubting tests and doctors runs rampant around here.  You have two camps: one camp that runs to the doc for every little blip and the other afraid to go to a doc at all.  But eventually most end up having the tests done and get it all checked out.  Turns out the worry was all for not because  the tests comeback negative or it some small thing easily corrected with anti-b's or an antacid...  Now what happens next is typically one of three things.  1.  the person is overjoyed that all has checked out and then uses the whole  thing as a learning experience.  He/She accepts that anxiety is really a tricky, varied creature that knows his/her fears and knows how to fling this person around like a ragdoll.  The person takes this knowledge and attacks the real issue at hand--anxiety.   2. the person runs out of the office overjoyed that he/she doesn't have said disease.  He/She vows to not let this happen again.  But a day or two later, maybe a week, some new thing emerges and this person is once again on the whacky ride back to BEASTY land.  Soon thereafter another round of tests...  3. The person gets the great news that the test was negative.  The person is shocked.  How could I have x, y, z happen and not be sick with horrid X syndrome.  The person instantly thinks the test was faulty in some way---it was done too early, it was read wrong, the tests got mixed up with someone elses--or the doctor was too incompetent to catch what was wrong or the doc just brushed him/her off.   

To answer the question about nausea etc (or give my opinion anyway  :winking0008:):  I'm not really a person that reacts to stress/anxiety etc with nausea BUT lots of people do. I've seen numerous posts about nausea tucked in here and there here.   My 3rd child is a very "nauseous" type person.  We did all the tests too.  The ped said that most times no real cause for stomach issues are ever discovered.  Her doctor suggested (and my hubby actually did this several years before) to take a zantac daily for 30 days--upset tummy or not.  She said that sometimes it is just too much acid or some little thing that gets a stomach all worked up.  Taking a zantac for 30 days often seems to calm whatever it was down.  After she did that, she's barely complained of stomach issues again.  it has been about 18 months.  The same can be said for my hubby and it has been several years.  I couldn't say if your BCP is a culprit here or not. 

Another thing too about symptoms:  I often found myself checking for my symptoms when waking at night.  I can say that as soon as I took note of whether or not I was twitching/buzzing/burning, I would inevitiably find it happening.  At some point our subconscious mind picks up on the worry, not to mention the fact that our bodies are still wiggy, that we expect it to happen, so it does.  Our thinking never allows our brain and body to rest.  An unrested mind/body will continue hurting. This just keeps aches/pains or what have you going and our worry just escalates.  At some point we lose all our logic.  We become  ;*)

You could have a small stomach issue over the years similar to my hubby or daughter.  But your worry has made everything escalate.  I, of course, am not a doctor.  I can't tell you what or, if, anything is wrong.  But it sounds to me like anxiety is rag dolling you around a good bit.       
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MOST anxiety happens at the subconscious level.  JUST because you don't feel consciously anxious or had a day or two of calm doesn't mean your mind & body are relaxed.  It can take months of reduced anxiety before a body goes back to a more non-reactive state. 

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Re: Anxiety waking up at night? feeling sick
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2010, 09:07:51 PM »
Thanks so much for your reply. You have great insight and I enjoyed reading that. You are all too right. i really enjoyed reading the pinned thread about "accepting your diagnosis".

The nausea is just one more symtom that bothers me because it can be a possible side effect of Crohn's. Of course that is what I focus on despite my good test results. Nausea can also be a side effect of IBS (which I do not feel threatened about having, because atleast it doesnt damage your intestines).

Yeah I just can't figure out why it hits me at night and random times. I mean I am always upset and worried but its not like when it hits Im having an attack.
 I did prilosec for 15 days or something when my upper stomcah was hurting alot in July and it took care of that heartburn and pain, but I still had a couple of these milder nausea attacks even while on that..

Maybe its hormones? I dunno. I have been stressed for a LONG time now, I just wondered if someone can be SO cronically stressed that physical symtoms hit randomly, even when you think you feel calmer.
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Re: Anxiety waking up at night? feeling sick
« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2010, 02:59:56 AM »
nausea hits me all the time with anxiety but i have found being kind to my tummy helps. when your anxious as six said it will often go to your tummy first. i have found changing to lactose free dairy products has helped lots as my doc said human beings were not supposed to drink milk after being wiened we are the only animal that continues drinking milk our entire lives and sometimes it makes an already overworked system work much harder . a good probiotic and and a diet of maily un processed foods has really helped.
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Re: Anxiety waking up at night? feeling sick
« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2010, 07:27:34 AM »
yes it can hit randomly like that.  This is because our bodies nervous system is stuck in the over reaction mode.  When this happens you don't even need a trigger.  This is very, very, very common with anxiety.  This is a common statement around here:   But I wasn't even feeling anxious when X happened so it can't be anxiety....  Oh famous words to be sure.
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Re: Anxiety waking up at night? feeling sick
« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2010, 02:02:03 PM »
I used to wake up in the night vomiting from psychological trauma. Now it's just nausea. But yeah, it hits when I *think* I'm coping. It's actually one of the specific ways I know I'm NOT coping. My body is still in full-alarm mode when I'm sleeping and I don't know if there's anything more horrible, or anything that can fuel anxiety and desperation more, than those middle-of-the-night-I'm-not-well episodes.

I know for me, anxiety is first and foremost expressed through my belly and intestines. I almost never have things like shortness of breath like other people. For me, it's all about the gut and then it goes from there.
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Re: Anxiety waking up at night? feeling sick
« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2010, 02:23:26 PM »
yes i get this sometimes and a little sense of derealisation
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Re: Anxiety waking up at night? feeling sick
« Reply #8 on: September 03, 2010, 04:05:19 PM »
What do you mean exactly by derealisation? If its what i think it is I get this too.

WHen I have these night time episodes, I am of course very sleepy and I just dont feel "all there" mentally, so some morning when I wake up and think back, I think, ok when I woke up feeling sick last night, how much of that was real? THere are def times when I was for sure awake and knew it was real but these other time where I was just a bit sleepy and dillusional.
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Re: Anxiety waking up at night? feeling sick
« Reply #9 on: September 03, 2010, 08:58:52 PM »
YES YES YES!  I dread for the night to come cuz I know whats coming.  Hard time falling asleep, feeling every pain I have, thinkingim going to lose my mind, thinking of what diseases I think I have and then....its time to try to sleep.  I am up literally every hour and a half, nervous, sweating, NAUSEATED all the time, pain in stomach, scared...yes, i know what your going through - its very scary and Im sick of it.  Blessings...
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Re: Anxiety waking up at night? feeling sick
« Reply #10 on: September 04, 2010, 08:18:24 AM »
OMG.. HKOV.. I can relate to everything you said.. I am new here . I have been waking up everying night now for about a month ..sweating, nauseaus, shaking, and my bp goes real high. I fall asleep and an hour later i will wake up feeling this way and thinking it is morning only to find out only an hour has passed.. then i am afraid to go back to sleep.. I usually take a xanex and eventually fall back to sleep only to wake up in the mornng feeling the same way.. it takes about 1/2 after getting out of bed for me to start feeling better.
Now i am afraid i have a phobia about falling to sleep..
oh yes, also i now worry i may have some horrible illness like cancer so i go on the internet looking up all my symptoms and then i am running from dr to dr.

You are not alone ... I am going through the same things.. I havent slept straight through the night in several months.. i NEVER had a problem sleeping before this..
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Re: Anxiety waking up at night? feeling sick
« Reply #11 on: September 05, 2010, 09:51:25 AM »
specifically though, do you feel like you were feeling sick in your sleep right before you awoke? Or do you start making yourself feel sick once you wke up and start freaking out? I know that I starting to feel sick in my sleep because I am dreaming about it RIGHT before I wake up and as I slowly wake up I feel it before I have all my mind back and have a chance to worry or get anxious.

Does that make sense?
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