Hi everyone. A brief history about myself. Back when I first started highschool (20 years ago now) I started having stomach problems in the mornings and in the evenings. I would wake up before school, usually about 2 hours and would feel like I had butterflies in my stomach and then I'd run to the bathroom to throw up. This occurred all throughout highschool. My doctor at the time blamed my diet and put me on over the counter meds for my stomach. At one point he put me on claritin for allergies saying it could be an excess of saliva making me sick. Well after highschool I eventually discovered alcohol and marijuana and used both heavily in my 20s until I was diagnosed with pancreatitis about 4 years ago. Throughout my 20's I would have a 3-6 month period almost every year where I would wake up like I did in highschool and feel sick all morning. Eventually my nausea would start in the evenings too.
In February this year I started waking up with the nausea and butterflies. This continued to escalate until about 2 weeks ago where I am sick most of the day. At some point I began to wonder if all these times I felt sick were do to the actual butterflies (anxiety). I was hospitalized last week in hoping they could determine what was wrong with me and get me feeling better. Unfortunately they sent me home with pepcid and zofran which is a powerful anti nausea used to treat patients on chemo therapy. I have used this in the past in high school to no avail. The one upside to the visit was some social workers got me set up with medical insurance so 2 days later when I still felt ill I was able to go see a primary care physician. I let him know my history and then some.
You see before I first started getting sick in highschool my dad passed away abruptly from a heart attack. Right after that my mother was diagnosed with diabetes and she was sick every thing. On top of that the high school I went to was not very friendly. Coming from a private schooling my entire life then thrown into that mix made me feel like I was going to get stabbed or beat up every day. I feel like I was worrying my entire teenage years. Then come to think of it every year I get sick for months I usually have something stressful going on in my life. Long story short the new physician diagnosed me with general anxiety disorder and believes it was the likely cause of all my stomach ailments in the past (blood work, x - rays, etc always show me to be healthy). He started me on 25mg zoloft about 4 days ago and .5 mg antivan for the panic attacks. I have heard horror stories and also will be quitting marijuana this week on the doctors orders to help with all the symptoms. Just wondering what to expect. Everyone I go to in my life has been against the meds but I have suffered for too long and feel it may be my only chance. Thanks for the listen.