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    Being ill in public, and therefore, anxious as heck to go anywhere really

    So I've been vomiting at random times, pretty much without any warning. Usually, it has been in the middle of the night and at home. It's acid reflux, and I've noticed that if I take fluoxetine without eating anything, I'm going to feel sick, and well most likely, vomit.

    Only thing is, the last time I vomited (While back now, to be fair) was in public, at a concert, which resulted in me having to explain to them that I had a medical condition, that I hadn't known it was going to happen and that there was no way I could have avoided it happening, and having to say about twenty five times that I was not on drugs, or drunk...and in the end, I got kicked out, partly for the vomiting, partly for getting frustrated with the guys six million questions. I have a feeling it may have been due to the Chinese food I'd eaten before at the buffet, and the fact I ended up walking across the city in a heat wave from the restaurant to the O2 place, because somebody thought that that was a brilliant idea. And we also had to walk back after getting halfway there because said person decided they didn't need there handbag, before remembering the tickets were in there.

    I'm being taken off the stomach protectors, which lets be honest, weren't stopping me being sick much. However, whether it's because of something else, or whether it's because I'm off them, or maybe even because of anxiety, I'm beginning to feel nauseaos pretty quickly when eating, and well...I'm obviously eating less at meals, and I'm skipping them, out of anxiety that I will start to feel ill again. And it's really beginning to mean that I'm struggling to leave the house right now, in case I am sick again, in public.

    If anything, I just want the stomach protectors back on because it gave me some confidence that I had them. Guess it was mostly a placebo. But still...I have my suspects that a lot of this is caused by anxiety, or made worse by anxiety...

    Does that make sense? Could anxiety be making this worse, and be causing me to feel nauseous pretty quickly after eating, and avoiding eating?
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    I'm so sorry. I have GERD, but I've never vomited...I generally just have an upset stomach.

    I have had to explain why I run to the bathroom and stay in there for so long, though. I have IBS, as well as GERD, and it's not something easy to live with. Not to mention, I hate bathrooms...but that's another story.

    I can sympathize, though, because I've had to explain to my coworkers my condition, and it has led to some pretty awkward situations. One manager had to rewrite the coworker agreement that everyone signs, just for me, and I received hell from the rest of my coworkers over it (called me the manager's pet.)

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    I had GERD and was on Proton-pump inhibitor (PPI's) for a while when it was bad. I think this is what you are calling stomach protectors? They normally work well for GERD, so maybe you need to be on a higher dose or take them more frequently. I found antacids actually made me even more nauseous, so if that's what you're taking you should probably stop. In some people they can actually trigger the stomach to produce even more acid.

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