Monday, January 18, 2010

Norovirus, Stomach flu, and Emetophobia

It is that time of year again, the dreaded stomach bug is going around and taking no prisoners.

I am seriously scared, but the thing is I am scared more about the kidlets then myself. I have been keeping them in a little more then I should, frightened that they are going to pick something up, something that will spread through the entire house and take no prisoners, including me.

Can I take care of the family while they are sick. I think so, but can I? I have before but it is so scary every time. I mean the lead up, the are they aren't they, even thinking about it makes me want to have a little tiny panic attack.

Being afraid of vomit and vomiting is the hardest in the winter. I want to hang out in my house and not expose my family to anything that could make them sick, heck there are days I do this. It is not healthy, and I know I need to get the kidlets out to socialize, I know that lets face it I am pretty darn boring. I know that I need to get outside.

So what do I do, aside from purelling the heck out of my hands and my kids? Seriously, I don't know, but I do know purell should start paying me because my children are hand sanitizing devotees. Oh and then the hand mousturizer, the anti-bacterial soap, the belach. The list goes on.

Winter sucks for me, and not because it is cold out, but because this fear is at its worst and I hate it.

Anyone else feel the same thing?

79 comments:

Kelli said...

I am right there with you... every step of the way!! :o/

Alys said...

OMG!!! I was just thinking this morning, after learning a friend, her daughter and husband (not yet son), had the dreaded stomach "flu". The kids attend school with my daughter, so is it inevitable it will cross paths with my family??? I sure HOPE NOT!!! These fears hit me every year at this time. I just want to be normal and not worry about getting sick or someone around me being sick. Ughh!!!

Anonymous said...

Just thought I'd share that I am right there with you. Some days I am "OK" - as in I don't actually have a panic attack. But every day my mind is consumed with fear over stomach bugs. Now that I have two kids it is so much worse. By mid-January (now!) I am just so tired of panicking and worrying but I don't know how to stop. Just wait til March, I suppose.

Ashley said...

I feel exactly the same way. It is exhausting.

MamaR said...

My friend just showed me this blog. Thank you! My husband thinks I should just "get over it", and offers useless suggestions to try to help. Right now my son has a bug, and i am just waiting for my youngest to get it, and then my hubby and me. I feel so selfish for wishing they get it, but not me. I hate thinking about this all the time, and i am right there with all the hand sanitizing business. Both my kids are finger/thumb suckers and I am so scared of every surface they may have touched in the house. And afraid they will pick up stomach viruses at school from putting their hands in their mouths (well, now one of them has!). Every time I get nauseaous I have a panic attack, which fuels the nausea. Ugh! I keep hoping that maybe having the stomach bug in the house will be a dose of exposure therapy for me, but it doesn't seem to be working. I'm just freaking out waiting to come down with it myself.

Wonderingsoul said...

Just wanted to say that I understand totally.. and that I am terrifed beyond reason at the moment.
I don't have kids but if I did I think I'd be even worse. I am horrified at the ideaof my family getting the norovirus... letalone me...

WS

Anonymous said...

I am so glad to have somewhere to post what is happening in my chaotic world. My husband thinks that I am an idiot to be so afraid of v-ing. So talking to him is useless.
Its now March and I am still on guard. My kids and I had a stomach virus in January but I still fear another one will come around. I have a 14 year old, a 5 yr old and a 10 month old. Thanks to Zofran I never actually had the V part but I never know when Zofran might fail me. Yesterday at Basketball for the middle one, one of his teammates wanted to sit out of the game cause his stomach was hurting, his mom said that he had a headache the day before and a headache that morning. Well, I had a headache before the game and still had it when i came home , even after taking tylenol. Today my stomach is making grumbling noises and I still have a headache. I am so emetophobic I cant tell if its normal noises.
Anyway, I am sooo glad the know there are others out there with the same affliction! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Hans here; Dear Robin, you are NOT alone! I live on what I think is safe - often I have refrained from eating at all. I drink a lot of cola... I work as a senior autopsy technician, and that means I meet the virus very close. The vaccine will be a success, and the lot of us e-phobics (which I actually consider rather natural: fear of sickness to less than petrified extent).
I also use anti-emetics. I believe they DO work, as do
certain tranquilisers. But they are not to be taken too often. But tell me that when everyone is sick & I panic... My very best! Yrs truly, HGB

Anonymous said...

Hans here again; I just saw that Mama R has a view on children and hygiene I whish was more common! In Sweden, pediatrics clean the childrens' toys with denaturated alcohol, then the next baby puts it in the mouth...Stupid and ignorant. Hygiene with frequent hand sanitizing IS the key to a better life. And I'd like to tell another Anonymous that Zofran might work fine and never fail you at all. If you are very ill or are infected by the virus or something, try Tropisetron (Navoban) in combination. It works in seconds if you take it under the tounge. I did. And prayed. And the combination worked!

Anonymous said...

Since I've been reading a lot of these posts lately due to my own fear of throwing up and other people's comments seem to help me at least to feel like I am not alone, I felt I should leave my own comment to let others out there know that they are not alone either. I too have experienced people telling me to "just get over it" but as all of you know, it is a real and paralyzing fear. I have gotten a little better over the years but every time I hear of the stomach flu or even think about the possibility of it being out there during the winter months, it totally interrupts my life!! (I've had this fear since I was a very little kid and am now 25.) I just try to wash my hands and not touch my face... Taking Airborne a few times a week seems to help me feel better too! :) Sorry for everyone else going through this... I know it is awful from 15+ years of first hand experience! :(

Anonymous said...

thankyou everyone for making me feel that little bit better, my mum has protected all of us kids from all possible sickness, except the odd few, talk about fear of the unknown, i thought like others of you, that being ill, letting it happen, would be a type of therapy, but i had it a few years back and was traumatised by it, ive always had panick attacks and recently more than ever. so, every second of the day i think about it, i even stay up until a certain time so i can go to sleep feeling 70% sure im gunna last till morning, its so irrational, its unreal, but all of us seem to be doing the same things, id like to be rid of it, and this new vaccine will help a hell of a lot, its silly how the possibility of a sickness vaccine could make my entire life worth while, i sympathise with those of you who have children, because, if i think someone else is possibly ill i get very selfish, and automatically leave them to it, ive even planned to have children , after this vaccine comes out. its not been long since i split with the person i was last with, but i have even been trying to put off having a relationship, as much as i love to be loved, i cannot risk that person not being as neurotic as me. and making me ill. it gets in the way of EVERYTHING and is debilitating, i sometimes cause myself to have symptoms simply because im that terified. Im so glad you all get it, because everyone else thinks its rediculous, p.s if there is anything safe , you know can stop vomiting from bugs etc could you mention them here, ta

Anonymous said...

Hello all, I am very much like the rest of you and your "irrational" but at the same time "very real and scary" thoughts. I have been an emet since I was 6 (when my father was killed) and still am...I'm 28 and pregnant with my first child. Pregnancy has scared me all my life to no end and it's the only reason I haven't gotten pregnant sooner with my husband. We've been together for over ten years....I am a restaurant manager and lately, everyone has been sick at work with the stomach flu. I've been washing my hands like crazy and sanitizing everything in sight, but last night after I touched some money that one of those sick folk had touched, I bit my cuticle....this was so completely random and sub-concious. As soon as I did it I thought "Oh my God, what am I doing???" And then I freaked. Ever since then I've just been waiting....for the symptoms to start. So far just bad gas (sorry TMI) but that's pretty normal since pregnant women can out gas a college frat boy. I've heard it takes anywhere from 4 to 48 hours to get symptoms so I'm just hoping that if I make it though tonight< i'm in the clear. I too take Zofran....although I rarely have to use it. I took a half of one tonight because I started feeling queesy....most likely from the anxiety. I feel for everyone with this intense phobia as I appreciate how stressful it is. I wish everyone the best of luck. P.S, I also take ativan, although not as much anymore since I've been preggers and the ativan has always killed two birds with one stone for me...the anxiety and nausea since it's used for chemo patients and it too will dissolve under your tongue.

Chris said...

It seems like most of the people who post are women, but I am a 26 year old male with emetophobia. I have a two year old daughter and am about to go visit extended family. I dread visiting because it seems every year the stomach "bugs" go around at Christmas time, and I just heard that my dad has been going from both ends. I'm getting a bit anxious, and I wish I could just stay here in my apartment and send my wife and daughter. They aren't bothered as much as I am. It really helps to read the posts on your blog, however, and I feel like I may be able to go now.

Franca said...

Emetophobia is awful any time of year but during winter, during flu season, it certainly is at an all time high.

Anonymous said...

I;m 14 yrs old and I feel like this will never go away. It seems to get better, and then BOOM it's back. I pray that it will go away but I find playing a distracting game like chess can really help. Right now, actually, I am terrified of getting sick :(. I just want to cry and a lot of times I do. It is the worst thing ever. I never want to go to scool and eating is like hell to me. Everyone says, "Eating won't make you sick!" but it's just that if you eat, then there's something to throw up! I hate, hate, HATE IT!

Anonymous said...

Wow..Its so nice to see there are other mothers that worry all the time about their kids getting sick. I make my kids wash hands and sanitize ALL the time. I would LOVE to hide in our house all winter long so there is not chance of them getting the flu.

Anonymous said...

Wow, I feel the same exact way!! How long has it been since everyone has gotten the stomach flu? I got it for the first time ever last year and am now terrified I'm always going to get it. I was 25 last Octwhen I got it and it was the first time I have ever thrown up so now the fear is running my life!

Anonymous said...

Hi there, I am also a sufferer. I have become much better over the last 10 years. But now that I have kids, I panic when one throws up. How do you other mothers deal with the panic and anxiety that occurs when your child is ill?

Jessica said...

I am 20 years old and I have been dealing with Emet since I was 5 years old. I have a wonderful loving husband who has always been conciderate of my feelings, especially when it comes to my emet. On Monday, he left for work as usual and about ten o clock he calls me. I knew something was wrong but wasnt expecting what he was going to say. He told me that he had threw up while leaving work cause he felt very ill then went to his parents house which is close by to his work to clean up and clean out his truck because he had been ill in his truck. immediately I felt my stomach drop and felt anxiety. And I prayed. Then my husband said that his parents offered for him to stay over there at their house till he was better if I wouldnt be able to handle it. I thought about it and prayed, I told him to come home and I would take care of him. They were all so proud of me. :) Not to mention I was proud of myself. I prayed again asking the Lord to keep me from getting this stomach bug and to help me keep my anxiety down. All day I was able to take care of him. I have NEVER in my life been able to do this before. Thoughts of when I was around 15 of when my brother was ill and my mom drug me down the hall as I screamed and clung on to anything I could to keep from going near my brother. I was told that exposure can help get rid of the fear. I dont have enought money to get exposure therapy with a real therapist and my husband really wanted to help me. I sucked it up and prayed like crazy and I did it! It was completely the Lord who got me through it. :) It is now Friday and I am still not ill. Praying that God will keep me from the sickness. And of course I cleaned the apartment like crazy and scrub my hands till they bleed but I made it through and everyone else can too. When your emet started you somehow trained your brain to think vomiting is dangerous. I know there are so many different reasons why people are scared of it. Mine came on out of nowhere. And I have a severe case of emet. But the way you can get through it is to pray like crazy and ask God to help you retrain your brain to know that its not dangerous and that everything will be okay. :) Just thought I would share my experience with everyone this past week. I know how everyone feels on here. And I hope this post encourages everyone to work through that fear cause I know its crippling. You avoid going certain places and doing certain things and like me use hand sanitizer and scrub your hands till they bleed and cry out of fear in pubilc and everyone looks at you like your crazy. But there is a way to get through this. I just proved it to myself. Its still going to be a while before I can completely move past my fear but I know I can do it and I have my family and my absolutely wonderful husband to back me up and help me through it. :)

jomama said...

i can't believe i found this site - i have always been soooo paranoid and terrified of vomiting. me OR someone else (i remember running out of the house and down the street one time when my little sister threw up - or getting really angry at my mother when my sister threw up after coughing really hard - "you told me she only had a COLD!!"). so it is AMAZING to me to read everyone else's comments and experiences. thank you everyone for sharing and making me feel better today (because i just came off a weekend of me and my husband and two kids all having stomach flu at the same time - i wanted to cry and hide, talk about panic, only i didn't have the energy to panic..) anyway thank you all and thanks especially to the clever and brave person who started this blog..

Anonymous said...

I never knew there were "others" ... Reading these posts makes me feel a little less crazy! And i didnt even know there was an actual TERM for it! I am lying in bed right now, thinking i am gettin the "bug" .. my stomach is girgling.. and i feel a little weird... The worrying is the worst part.. its the out of control feeling that gets me. I have only thrown up a couple times in my whole life, and i am almost 31. I dont know if that is just luck?.. or if God really knows i cant handle it.. He never puts more on you than u can handle ive always heard. But i need Him now to take the worry away. Anyways... Thankyou ... All of you... For making me feel like i am not alone.

Anonymous said...

Really scared right now.....lots of it going around and I am freaking!!!
Needing some comforting words!!!

Sarah Cruse said...

Hi Everyone! Wow, same here, it's nice to know I am not alone! I have found something that has REALLY subsided the fear quite a bit. to the point of feeling like it's a non issue a lot of the time. It's called EFT, it's free to do, easy to learn and quick, it's a sort of self hypnosis thing. It really works!! You can look on YOUTUBE, tons of instructionals. Just google EFT.
Anyway, my story, I was given syrup of ipecac when I was 1 and was violently ill. AS I was "pre-verbal" i don't remember it at all. But I had a therapist once who told me that this is basically a recipe for a phobia. I have WORKED hard at thinking my way out of this problem, have had it ever since I can remember. And I can relate to everyone's strategies of avoidance and not being able to care for sick loved once etc..
It's a tough one. I have spent so many hours being afraid of my own body, feeling completely unsafe in the world. That's the thing, it's not like being afraid of flying or something. It's the functioning of your own body your scared of. Bummer!
So I threw up for the first time in 29 years last Thanksgiving weekend. Food poisoning, all night. I felt like Wonder Woman after! Lol. I was like, "I did it and I lived!!!!" I was curled up on the bathroom floor with a blanket at 3 a.m. texting my sister and mom gleefully pronouncing I had thrown up! They know my issue and were very happy for me:)
I have tried to understand what the big deal is and for me I think it is this fear of losing control, feeling so out of control.
I have done a lot of meditation and studied and lot of Buddhist philosophy over the years and that has really helped me to realize, stuff happens, some times it really sucks, it passes and life goes on. This at times has been a big comfort for me. I also wonder a lot about bulemics. I'm like ok, if someone can puke willingly, daily, I am sure I would be fine. you know? We can't live our lives in fear of something that may take 3 days tops! I think of all the years I have spent worrying about this year after year day after day and never even threw up! What I could have done with that time and energy instead!
I have been dealing with a long term illness the last year and am quite nauseated much of the time. I have learned to just deal and go on with my day. Knowing I may puke is not a big deal anymore. I guess this has helped to desensitize me. But I KNOW the misery of living with this phobia even though I feel like mine is under control right now.
If it is comforting to any of you, some people don't seem to get the stomach flu. There were actually tests done (those poor subjects!) where people were fed a particle of the norovirus and certain ones missing a particular stomach enzyme didn't get it. It is believed to be a genetic thing. I think my family has this. 4 kids and I don't remember one time growing up where the stomach flu went through our house. But my boyfriend is a "puker" So I am challenged. Except he takes it with such stride, it really helps me to see him deal with it so well. He is one of those people who throws up for one reason or another ever few months and he really loves and embraces life. Nothing slows him down and he is not a germophobe at all. It does help me to see someone so NOT scared of of the thing I once described like this: "Thinking I might have been exposed to the stomach flu is what I imagine being locked in Jeffrey Dahmer's closet to be like." Good luck, love and light to you all!!!!! We should all have the freedom to really feel safe in our bodies and enjoy our lives. Google EFT, for real, it is very very helpful.

Anonymous said...

I cant belive i have found people out there who have the same fear as me i really began to think i was one crazy girl. I dont have a fear about myself being sick its the fear of my children getting sickness bugs, in the winter im worse. It really effects my whole life as silly as it may sound even going shopping is a fear i sometimes freak out as i think oh what if there are people there who have had the bug. I dont like doing anything out of my routine or comfort zone My children dont know i have this fear al though i think they may sense it as i always ask them if they are ok. my son also freaks out when people are sick i have never freak out about them being sick i cuddle and look after them so well this is why i find myself so strange as it really is the build up or the thought of them getting sickness that is my fear. This really upsets me as i feel as though i have made my son be this way then i wonder if it is just how we are. As i remeber as a child of always having this fear of sick. If i know someone who as been around us has had the sick bug i panic so much think that my kids will get it. my son said he felt sick just as he was going to bed tonight i havent been able to move from upstairs as i fear if i go downstairs he will be sick. As its so so close to christmas i fear we will all get hit with the sick bug and be stuck in all over christmas that really freaks me out. No one i know has this no one gets it some days i feel so alone. I feel that i cant got to the docters as they may just think im a freak.

Anonymous said...

Me too.......my whole life revolves around avoiding sick bugs and my friend I saw yesterday has just told her kids have been vomiting all night!!!! H e l p !!!

Anonymous said...

I didn't know there was a name for a this phobia either. I have always feared myself and others around me getting a stomach bug. I held my breath through the holidays hoping it wouldn't catch my family of 6. We did good till 2 nites ago, my husband and daughter stared throwing up. I have so much lysol and bleach spray on everything in this house it makes me think I will contract a cancer from all the chemicals! Hoping my other 3 kids steer clear, I am praying hard and continue to hold my breath. I feel silly since I have dealt with this for several years now but every winter comes along and I get more fearful of it. Probably cause I have been puked and pooped on one too many times...I wish there were no such thing as diarreah and vomitting!

Anonymous said...

I am so glad i'm not alone, everyone tells me to get over it but it ain't that easy :-( i'm so scared as this bug is about! Is it deffinite that i will get it?? ;-( HELP

Anonymous said...

It has been said before, but I too felt like I was so alone in my great fear of throwing up. I just get so scared about it. I had the stomach flu last year, and was hoping that would make the fear go away. Sadly, it has not. See, a few years ago I got a condition where I was nauseous for 5 months continually. It was so hard on my family and myself. That sickness has caused me to develop what I have now learned is emetaphobia. It makes me just want to cry. However, it does feel good to know now that I am not alone.

Anonymous said...

I am with all of you. Mine started at 4 years old. It has controlled so much or my life 46 years later. Then I had the unfortunate experience of being diagnosed with a permanent stomach condition that makes me nauseated all of the time! I feel like I have a non-stop tape-loop in my head about this phobia. My boyfriend called me up yesterday to tell me he got sick at work..and I had been with him 12 hours earlier! I have been paralyzed with fear wondering how I will get to work all night. This is such a terrible way to live, it it nice to know I am not alone.

Rachel Neal said...

It is funny how you go through life thinking you have a crazy fear but then you realise you are not alone and it helps you to feel a little bit better about it. My fear started when I was 7 and my brother had a severe stomach virus for which he ended up being hospitalised. I remember clearly that for 2 days he was vomiting constantly and no matter where I went in the house I could hear it. From that moment on I have had an intense fear which seems to have intensified over the past few months to the point where I am scared to leave the house. I work in a hospital which puts me directly in the path of norovirus thankfully as yet it is not on the unit where I work but every day I go in my stomach drops until I have checked each patients diagnosis to see if they have it. I have become obsessed about hand washing and touching my face. My husband works as a window cleaner so he is constantly going into clients homes and I worry about him coming into contact with the virus. I don't want to hug or kiss my friends, it is crazy. I have an antiemetic which I take for migraines but at every sign of nausea I am tempted to take one. I am at my wits end! Thank you to all who have opened up about this very real fear it has given me some relief to know that I am not alone.

Maria said...

I cannot believe how many posts I have just read that describe how I am feeling. Winter is the worst, I panic everytime someone calls off sick from work. Is this the bug? Is it making it's way into work? Did I have any contact with them. I feel so trapped,the OCD is in full swing, I am up every night worrying will this be the night. I am on constant alert, disinfecting everything in sight. What a relief to feel like I am not alone in my irrational land of anxiety and fear. Counting the days until winter is over. Opening a window to blow germs out usually makes me feel like I may be releasing any unwanted "bugs" that may have slipped through my door uninvited.

Anonymous said...

wow I cant believe how many people posted how they feel about this phobia. It's a great relief I am not alone. As I type this now my father is downstairs ill I am in full blown panic mode locking myself in my bedroom anytime I hear about someone catching the bug I freak they can be in a different state and I freak this is awful. I have always had this fear as long as I can remember I am 25 years old and grew up around alot of cancer and sickness maybe it stems from that. But growing up I was never a pucker I would avoid eating so I would have nothing to throw up if I was sick which I am actually doing at this moment I feel like a baby right now checking my temperature every five seconds to make sure I dont have a fever winter and spring are the absolute worst I wish I could work from home so I didnt have to leave the house. This unrealistic fear has consumed half my life when I got my first stomach virus since I was a baby only 4 years ago it was so absolutely traumatizing I would never want to go through it again or anyone else catch it, i feel selfish to my family because Ill avoid going anywhere there is alot of people I get anxiety even going to a friends house it has messed up relationships ugh so much to name but I am glad there are other people out there thank you for listening it really helps

Anonymous said...

Like so many other people here, I'm incredibly grateful to find this blog!!! I've had this phobia since I was a little kid, and always acted so crazy when someone else even hinted that they might not be feeling well. I'd plug my ears and go running out of the classroom in elementary school! Even now, if I'm on a flight with a lot of turbulence, I panic that someone next to me will be airsick.
Winter is my nightmare season, as I have two small children. My 18 month-old brought home a stomach bug from daycare, and threw up several times yesterday and once this morning - plus diarrhea. I've managed to keep my 4 year-old away from him (we have a big play yard where I can put the little one), and last night I steam-cleaned the carpet and Clorox-wiped all his toys. But now I'm reading that the only way to kill the bug is with bleach :os. I've been wearing a mask every time I go near him or clean up, and washing my hands every two minutes. But I'm constantly panicking that my 4 year-old will likely get it next, then me and my visiting mom. I felt like the most horrible, awful mother in the world last night because my baby was so sad and sick, and I was too panicked to sit down and hold him :(.
I had this bug last year and never actually threw up, but had horrible nausea and was miserable. I have a prescription for Zofran now, and already have it on my nightstand with the assumption I'm next in the near future.
I hate that this phobia has had such a huge impact on how I live my life. I haven't eaten anything substantial since my son got sick yesterday for fear of catching the bug and throwing it up. I throw away SO much food before it's necessary because I'm scared of getting food poisoning. I know this too shall pass, and we've lived through everyone in the house getting Rotavirus, but no one puked so I was ok. But I can't live in panic mode for the weeks it'll take for the virus to die off in my house!

Hannah H. said...

OMG, this is going around my school now. I'm 15 and just last week I walked into history class and one of my friends/busmates was sitting next to a trash can, tell the teacher he didn't feel good. He looked pretty bad and I imediately went into panic mode. To make matters worse we were taking a test. I sat there bracing myself to hear him do it, covering my nose with my jacket as a "germ sheild". I felt so childish. Then my teacher's adorable daughter came down with it. I told my teacher I was an emetic, and ask to be excused for that period. I felt so bad for being rude and inconsiderate of her daughter. Now, my brother has it. IT HAS ENTERED MY HOUSE. I spent all day today texting him, asking if he'd gotten sick. Thankfully, it only happened once, and that was yesterday. But I still continue to isolate myself in a chldish fashion. So today, seeing as this phobia has come between me and my family and friends,I have vowed to conquer it. My boyfriend and I talk about being married and having kids (yes, we are meant to be) and I want to be the best mother and wife possible! I want to take care of my family, not isolate myself from them! It's time to get over it. As my first step, I went downstairs and hugged my granny, who came and watched my ailing brother ALL DAY (with his germs). Wish me luck on my conquest!
Hannah :)

Anonymous said...

I am glad there are other people out there that have the same fear as me. My husband gets mad that I am so terrified of any of us getting sick. Yesterday we had my daughters birthday party at a children's gym. I saw one kid leave with throw up on his shirt and the girl that was helping with my daughters party kept holding her stomach. Them I read in my local paper that our area is being hit really bad right now by it. I am sitting up not wanting to sleep because I know they are going to catch it. Really I know they might not, but the fear is killing me. I have 3 small kids and I feel like I am wasting this short time I have with them being little on this fear that I think about every minute.

Anonymous said...

My daughter threw up a few times on Friday night and I'm just waiting for my son to get it. I almost wish he already had it so I wouldn't have to worry. I can't imagine him not getting it, they are 4 year old twins who share a room.

Once they are sick I can clean it up, I just don't breathe in at all. But if I think they are going to be sick, I get SO anxious and try to get away from them. I can't really comfort them while they are sick, I feel guilty about that.

Two years ago, we had a stomach bug (the first one I ever remember getting). I vomited once (the first time I can remember doing so in about 28 years). I was so scared before it happened, but honestly my stomach hurt to the point that I was almost glad to throw up because it made me feel better. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, although I'm still very anxious about it and I never want to do it again!

I have a friend who really doesn't mind vomiting and actually said she preferred it over diarrhea! Diarrhea might be messy and uncomfortable, but I would take it any day over vomiting!

Anonymous said...

It seems like many people who post on here are adult women, but I am a 16 year old male. Doesn't emetophobia suck! Since Novemeber I've been anxious that I will contract the stomach virus for the 4th year in a row! The last three years, on superbowl weekend, I have been gravely ill with the stomach virus. First year I threw up 13 times, only one of which contained actual material to vomit. The rest were dry heaves and bile and blood from an irritated stomach lining. Second year was not bad, but i had a cold simultaneously and the vomit came out... other holes in my face - let's just put it that way. Third year was a repeat of the first. I've done so much research on stomach viruses. First thing I learned was that purell does not kill viruses. Only bacteria. Unfortunately purelling hands constantly only makes for dead bacteria on your skin, not dead viruses. Also, soap does not kill viruses. Washing hands only sends the virus down the drain. That's why you want to wash really well. If someone in the house has the stomach virus, keep them quarantined! Isolate them to only one bathroom and tell them that when they flush the toilet, close the lid first so it doesn't spew millions of virus infested vomit particles into the air. That's another thing. When people vomit, aerosol particles fly everywhere around the vomit and the vomitee. They are only in the air for a couple minutes until they settle on surfaces. When someone has the stomach virus, boy do they have it. It's everywhere on them, their clothes they were wearing, everything they touched. To avoid contamination, wash EVERYTHING with a bleach - water solution. The entire bathroom, all countertops, floors, or any other surface the infected person may have touched. Use some lysol and clorox, too. Wipe down all obscure things they may have touched also, like doorknobs, remotes, phones. Cups, plates, and utensils are also often overlooked. Wash everything they used in a dishwasher. clothes should be washed with bleach if they are whites, and in hot water if bleach would destroy them. Just be super clean. If there's one thing I know about emetophobics, it's that we will do EVERYTHING in our power to not get sick. Sure, it may take some extra work, but nothing should be overlooked.
You have to have hawk eyes, too. If someone in the house is sick, keep track of the virus. And clean it away.
If you can't possibly disinfect everything, just make sure not to touch many surfaces, and if you do, wash your hands thoroughly before touching something that will enter your mouth. (That is how the virus spreads, through the oral-fecal route. Also, if you are in the "vomit cloud" when someone gets sick near you, there is a chance you may become infected by the virus entering your eyes or nose, but this takes a larger amount of virions to do so.)
I made a promise that I would not get sick this year (I do not know to whom), and so far everything I have been doing has worked. The norovirus, rotavirus, and all other viruses that cause gastroenteritis are very persistent, but are not impervious to human knowledge. Just be careful and aware of what you are touching, and what you touch after you touch something (i.e. your mouth. Don't put your hands near it)For those who have children, I don't know if it helps, but my mother cleaned up after me many times after getting sick when I was young, and not once did she ever get sick herself. She said the last time she threw up (not including giving birth to me) was two years before i was born. She just got sick last year, so she went 17 years without falling victim to the stomach virus. I know inside that I probably will not get sick, but the strange coincidence of the last three years with having the same illness on the same weekend and the severity of my symptoms has instilled a fear of the stomach virus in me.

sammamow said...

I am so happy I found this site! I never knew there were so many people like me. Thank you for all the tips and making me feel less crazy and not alone. I am in the middle of a full-on panic attack as I type this because my 16 year old son was up all night with the stomach virus. Besides being extremely worried about him (he was v* very violently), now it's like waiting for a ticking time bomb to go off worrying about when and if my 2 other sons or I will get it. I sent my 2 other boys to stay with their dad for a couple of days (he deals with this much better and calmer than I do). I bought an arsenal of things this morning...clorox wipes, several cans of lysol, hand sanitizer. I proceeded to clean the entire house like a crazy person...washed everyone's sheets. There is not a surface I did not lysol...I wish I could do my pets. My son is better now, and my other boys are still with their dad not showing any signs yet. I have myself all worked up and haven't eaten anything partly because I made myself sick with worry and partly because I'm afraid to eat and fill my stomach in case I get sick. This is utterly horrible. I have had this ever since I can remember. It is consuming my every thought. I am afraid to go to sleep because the bug seems to always hit in the middle of the night. I wish I knew how to beat this!!! I have been drinking grape juice all day because I read it might help prevent it. Anyone else hear of this? Does it work?

kledge said...

I too am scared to death of the stomach flu. I have an 18-month-old and a 3 1/2 year old. I constantly fear my 3 1/2 year old bringing it home since she goes to preschool and other activities. I feel it is worse after the holidays since that is when everyone gets together and starts spreading it around. We had it twice in two months. Once when my oldest was one and a half and again five months later when I was pregnant with my second. It was awful both times, but the worst was the second time since I was in my first trimester and scared to death for the baby. I should have gone to the hospital, but my husband thought I was being ridiculous. He never gets the stomach flu. Ever since, I have been terrified of getting it again. I have done extensive research and sorry to say that Clorox, Lysol, and hand sanitizers do NOT kill stomach viruses. Bleach does and there are a few commercial agents that do such as PureGreen 24. Lots of hand washing, sanitizing with a bleach solution, avoiding inhaling aerosolized vomit and not putting your hands in your mouth are the only things to do to try to prevent catching it. I cannot wait until they develop a vaccine for this!

Anonymous said...

Yes, Lysol DOES kill the stomach virus.

Anonymous said...

oh my god, I've been terrified of v-ing for years!! I read once online that the stomach takes 4 hours for food to go to the small intestine, and once its there it can only go down...so I do this thing where I don't let myself eat anything past a certain time, or I'll watch the clock to countdown till I'll be "safe" if I'm feeling queasy...Just today my little sister, who's 6, threw up, and my mom said that it was cuz she ate too much chocolate. She didn't eat that much at all and she did more than a few times!! I'm so terrified! First thing I did was use sanitizer, and whenever this happens I hole myself up in my room. I was around her earlier, and I was playing with her hair just a few hours before hand!! I can't help but think over and over "Am I going to get sick? My parents cleaned it up, what if they get sick, then get me sick, or get better then make everyone dinner?" I'm so glad to know that its not just me who won't eat if I feel like I'm in danger of catching something...somebody mentioned earlier their habit of being picky with food- I'm the SAME way!! Prefer my eggs over cooked rather than runny, I check my meat all the time, and I just don't eat things that other people have made- who knows what might've been going around their home!!! It always makes me feel guilty; avoiding people, not eating something my dad took the time to make for me, and running away from sick people rather than helping them. I just can't handle it! I feel like people who can actually hold someone while they are being sick are extremely brave people...they are in my book. I've been on the look-out for bugs and any chance of things that might make me V for so long, and its tiring, but so necessary. I have felt so subconscious about it, too, so finding this site where there are others just like makes me feel better about what my fears are. I hate V-ing because its one of few things that stimulates all 5 sense at once, and you can't breathe, and I hate how I have no control over it. Its an awful experience, and I would take diarrhea over v-ing anyday!
My friends think I'm hopeless, my parents think I'm rude, and I think I'm gonna die! Whenever I hear about somebody I know having gone home cuz they v-ed, I go into total survival mode; wash hands, avoid eating, careful what I do eat, and decontaminate. Unfortunately, my parents don't let me use bleach whenever I feel like it so I'm stuck with clorox wipes and things like that...it keeps me sane at least. Anyone else hate night time because its such an opportune time for things to go wrong?? I feel like such a chicken, and like I have no power over things...maybe one day I'll get over it, or one day...I don't know. Sometimes I just wish I could completely cleanse myself and poof myself away to somewhere safe and clean and calm...reality sure doesn't help with that though. Hoping for that antivirul stuff to be made real soon!! I hope I can get through till the summer, I just want this week to be over, me coming out unscathed!!

Anonymous said...

I am 31 years old. I have suffered from emet as long as I can remember as well. It is a awful fear and you can't get away from it, it haunts you no matter where you go or what you do. I have a 4 year old little girl and this is do hard to deal with, especially because I don't want her to grow up like this. It has put a huge riff between my husband and I. He says he understands until the time comes where I have a melt down or can't take care of my daughter. The worst feeling in the world I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy. Wish I could help all of u, I wish I could take it away. And anyone who can help me please I would be greatly appreciated. This has made me think of divorce and giving custody of my daughter to my husband because I feel like such a failure. :(

Anonymous said...

Anonymous, I too suffer from this, and it has been multiplied by ten since I now have two small children. Have you tried an anxiety medication? It has helped take the edge off for me in the past. I was thankful to find this blog post as I sit here worrying about my four year old who went to bed with a tummy ache... Anything to ease my ridiculous anxiety.

Anonymous said...

Oh my God, I didn't know there were other people out there like me! I am really worried about v-ing all the time. It is much worse now because my husband has become an elementary school teacher, and I can't help but think that this is the year the stomach virus will go through our house, that he will bring it home, I will have to take care of him, then get it myself. I feel like my family thinks I am worrying for nothing, but they just don't get it. My husband does understand, but that can't make him stay well after being around sick kids all the time at work! The last time I had the stomach bug was 6 years ago, and it was, of course, horrible. I can't help but think that I have avoided it for 6 years, so my time is coming. I can't go my whole life without ever getting it, and that causes me to worry and obsess over it constantly. It is no way to live! I can honestly say I have avoided having children because of this phobia. I sometimes wish I, too, could just lock myself in the house and shelter myself from the world...but sitting at home alone all day would just give me more time to worry about it! I am going to seek help from a therapist, and hopefully, conquer this awful fear and get on with life.

Anonymous said...

Thank God, people, that we are not alone. Emetophobia has ruled my life for more than 30 years. I have four sons, two teenagers, a 5-year-old, and an almost 2-year-old. Last year we had a norovirus-like illness run through the house, but when the first child vomited, I literally ran. I stayed overnight on my parents' couch. Then I basically hid in my room and went to work. This phobia is crippling. I have different excuses to my medical providers about why I need prescriptions for both Zofran and Compazine. It's ridiculous. I'm deathly afraid of my child looking like they have glassy eyes. I immediately jump to the conclusion that they are going to vomit at any moment. It has taken the joy out of motherhood, going to amusement parks, hanging out with friends at a bar, snuggling with my kids, volunteering at one of my children's schools, you name it. I don't know how to get past this. As I said, it's crippling. I cannot afford to see a therapist, and quite frankly, I'm scared to death of exposure. Will this ever lessen? Sometimes I can work myself into a frenzy just worrying about if I were to develop some type of stomach cancer and how awful that would be. Help!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I can't believe i found this sight. My 2 yr old was vomiting 5 days ago and i have been consumed with fear since. I ran out of work today convinced i got it. Ran home and took a zofran now I'm wondering if it wears off I'll start puking. My tummy is not happy bit i also have been afraid to eat for past 5 days. I have heard emdr therapy can help but can't afford it. I hate being this way and get so depressed. It totally ruins my quality of life. I am 42 and have been this way since i can remember. I just want that part of my brain removed! Is there anything that will take this away?

Anonymous said...

I am so glad i have found this site. I to am afraid of getting a stomach bug. On Thanksgiving my 6 yr old nephew stayed the night & at 1030 pm was up sick. I had to call my mom to come pick him up & take him home. Since then I have been terrified my 2 daughters ages 8yrs & 6 yrs will get sick. This virus has been through both of my sisters houses my older sister all 3 of her kids had it one Thanksgiving night & the other 2 Monday she & her husband have been feeling fine. My younger sister her other 6 yr had it 2 wks ago, the other 6 yr old was the one that was sick at my house, she was sick Sat her 4 yr old son had it Sun her boyfriend has had it since yesterday & is still not able to keep anything down. She has a 2 yr old daughter that has been spared so far. I am so worried because we had all of my family over here Saturday for Thanksgiving dinner & now all of these people have been sick since then. I just want to run & hide somewhere other than here. I am so terrified my daugthers will be sick next. I have washed my entire house down with hot bleach water everyday since last Firday & have also used 4 19oz cans of Lysol spray hoping this will have destroyed the virus. Let me tell you my family will be the first in line when a vaccine against this comes out.

Anonymous said...

Hello to all fellow emets...I am 37 years old and have been living with the fear all of my life. I was hoping to offer some words of encouragement to all those mothers or fathers out there. I have 2 kids - 6 and 2. They get sick every year and its terrifiying. My husband knows how I am and I use him the best I can.
First of all, make it a habit of not eating or drinking out of the same cups, utensils as the kids. Do NOT share food. When you child is sick, cover your mouth. It is only transfered "hand to mouth" as they say. So you cannot catch it by snuggling or just being near them. Wash your hands a lot and always clean with bleach. I know our fear is crushing but it is possible to NOT get it even when the kids do. If you have a spouse, ask them to be with the child at the moment of V*. You can stay close by and help with clean it (if you can tolerate that). After the "act" is done...the virus is not airborne. Cleaning it up will not transfer the virus unless you dont clean with bleach or wahs your hands.
Also I like to only use utensils during the "sick" time. Dont eat food with your hands. A lot of soup comes in handy. Don't eat too much before you go to bed to avoid feeling bloated which many confuse our brain.
Hope any of this is helpful

Anonymous said...

I'm glad I came across this blog. It helps to know that there's other people out there who feel the same way. I am an emetophobic as well as a germophobic. I do not touch doorknobs, do not EVER share any food or water bottle with anybody, not even family. I'm so bad, I can't even touch a door. I always open it with my elbows and then push it with my leg. Whenever I come across someone who is sick, I will literally hold my breath the entire time, even if I get dizzy because of lack of oxygen. The thing that I am most terrified of is the stomach flu. I cannot stand around people who have it. I feel sorry for them and stuff, but I'm so afraid of germs and contagion. Today my teacher got the stomach flu and was very sick, he even threw up in the class. I was terrified, knowing the fact that particles of virus fly into the air when someone vomits. I REALLY hope I won't get it. I'm so obsessed that when I came from school today, I sanitized my books and binders with Lysol and all throughout the day I washed my hands with boiling hot water and sanitizer. I cut my nails as well to make sure no germs are being deposited underneath. All I can do for now is to wash my hands and hope for the best!

Anonymous said...

Im in shock that there is a name for whats wrong with me!! Ive battled this for years!!!! Hoping for a vaccine soon for this nasty bug.. im terrified of it every year!!! Im so bad that if i hear of another child being sick at school i will not even send mine cause of fear of them bringing it home.. i hope for help with this phobia .. it awful..'(

Anonymous said...

I can`t understand why this bug is so contagious, It seems to me that people aren`t taking any precautions at all, either that or they have very weak immune systems.I`m emetophobic as well, so this time of the year is no picnic for me. So far Iv`e been smart enough to avoid the thing by being scrupulously clean, but I know it only takes someone with the bug to throw up near me to get me infected. why can`t people take anti-emetics when they have noro, then they wouldn`t spread it to other people by throwing up around them.

Anonymous said...

Wow. Thank you so much. I can't add anything new to this stream of comments because I am exactly the same way. My three-year-old had it Saturday night bad enough we had to take him to the ER for nausea meds and an iv. I LIKED that because then the vomiting was over right then! But 72 hours later my 17-month-old started throwing up...this was just 3 1/2 hours ago. Now I'll be up all night watching the monitor. Placing it in God's capable hands! But life would be so much easier without this paralyzing fear. :(

Anonymous said...

I can relate to many of you! Whenever I hear about someone getting sick who I was recently around, I develop a huge sense of anxiety. My stomach drops, I feel light-headed, and I get really on edge with everyone around me because I'm so focused on all the details of when we hung out, how close we were, what we did, etc. Very exhausting! The worst part is the fear of waiting to see if I get sick or not. I've only been sick a handful of times in my life (I'm 25) and to date, have not thrown up for 11 years! Knock on wood.

I'm married to my wonderful husband and he seems to get sick a bit more often and has had a vomiting bug several times in our 4 years of marriage. The first time he came down with it, I packed up the kids and left the house for the day! How awful am I?! I was just so paranoid of one of them (then 3 months old and 2 years old) getting it and we only have one bathroom in our house so I couldn't stand the thought of sharing with a sick person. Gah. The second time he got it, I just cleaned the house like a mad woman and kept my distance. Our toddler had a stomach bug once and I was just very careful around him and made sure he always had his 'sick' bucket with him and tried to explain the importance of using it. I wish I was more cuddly and caring with him but at this point in my life, the fear is too strong. Hoping to get over it one day. During the winter months, I definitely don't take my kids to their usual germ-infested play groups; I opt for walks outside with plenty of fresh air!!

Anonymous said...

Hi, I am also very afraid of vomiting and have been for as long as I can remember. Anyway I feel your pain. My anxiety became pretty well controlled with Lexapro, which kept me from even needing the occasional Xanax like I used to. Well now I am 31 weeks pregnant and off the Lexapro (as well as of course the Xanax or God forbid alcohol which used to help too) for the past maybe month and I was doing ok until my sister and brother in law went to the ER from vomiting last night (Christmas eve). Christmas day I went to my parents to help with my niece (1 yr) and nephew (2 1/2 yrs).... Stayed til 4pm- neice began to vomit around 6 and nephew followed at about 830Pm. Sooo I have been up all night (its now 630am) panicking that I will be next. I am supposed to "get up" for work in about ten mins. Not sure whether to call in and continue attempting sleep or go in for the distraction... It really feels like hell on earth sitting here with this sense of impending doom... Feels like I know I will probably vomit.. Just don't know when... I keep thinking about my loves ones vomiting too. I hate it and I can't wait to finish Wong pregnant so I can get back on Lexapro AND zonk myself into an ignorant bliss when these anxiety provoking things happen... If u r not pregnant I highly recommend medication, life is too short to sit around prisoner to fear of something we just can't control. Anyway best of luck to you all.....

Sarah said...

Hello all, so glad I have found others who suffer with this, this is reassurance in itself.

I am a 17 year old girl and have been terrified of vomiting since before I can remember. I can just about handle it when I'm with my parents in my house but anywhere else, I have panic attacks. I was on a school trip over 300 miles away and I had to go home because a bug was going around and I was hysterical. I can take diarrhea any day. Yeah it stings and is annoying but for me vomiting feels like I'm choking and I can't breathe. When I ask to meet up with my friends they joke, saying "Should we send a stool sample and throat cultures 48 hours in advance so you can check us out first" and I laugh but can't help but think "I would feel so much more comfortable if I could do that!" Doesn't help that my nan works in a hospital either.

However I take some comfort in the fact that I defeated swine flu AND food poisoning AT THE SAME TIME! Whenever I feel nauseated I think, look what I did. And swine flu and food poisoning together was awful. I vaguely remember passing out in my own vomit not being able to move. I had to be held up.

I seem to have a good immune system when it comes to stomach bugs. I only get roughly 1 every 3 years. Colds is a different story, I've always got a cold!

I hope everyone takes some comfort that Xmas has passed now and if you get the norovirus it cannot ruin your festivities.

All the best!

profplum said...

In reading each post I found myself saying, "oh my God, that is exactly how I feel" at least once. Of course no one else gets it when I've expressed these same fears and thoughts to my friends and family, so I do find comfort here. However, I would really love to hear some possible solutions from people...there aren't many here unfortunately and I really need to fix this. Now that I have 2 kids, ages 2 and 5, the winters are full of fear and dread and all I do is worry about if and when someone will catch a bug. It is debilitating and I don't want to socialize with people and only feel safe during the week of Christmas when we can hibernate, of course, alienating ourselves from family and friends at the same time. Please post some solutions if anyone has any. I'm considering a therapist but don't even know where to begin...wishing you all the best. Thanks.

Anonymous said...


I decided I couldn't live like this anymore. My phobia has always been there, but until I had my 2nd child, it was totally not a problem. I coped. But now its got really bad and the anxiety has been thru the roof! So I was referred by my Dr and started CBT = Cognitive behaviour therapy. It rewires your thinking, and so far, I feel its helping a lot. My family all had a bug just before Christmas and I coped, maybe because I wasn't sick, was close to it though! but I coped. One technique my therapist told me to do was to repeatedly think of my fear, over and over again" I'm going to get the sickness bug" I'm going to get the sickness bug" etc.
it soon it gets boring and just another thought, thus taking the fear out of that thought....try it, it might bring a little relief or make it worse! (Sorry if it does...)Anyway its small steps, but I'm determined to get over this worry, this fear, this anxiety and get on with my life. People are sick, we can't get away from it,but what we must try to do is not let it rule our lives. Life is too short as it is!I want to enjoy my kids, my husband and my life.

Natalie said...

Hi! I am so glad I found this blog! I have had emetophobia as long as I can remember. It is reassuring to know I am not alone! The recent GI virus outbreaks have really freaked me out, and I just recently read that regular handsanitizer does not prevent norovirus (whatt????) so Im a bit flipped out about that. I get such bad anxeity when someone even mentions getting sick, its just horrible. I just wish emetophobia didnt take over my life so much :(

kelaw86 said...

I must say, thank God I'm not alone. I've had issues with catching gastrointestinal viruses and v-ting in general since I was 7. Currently 26 and have been working as a certified pharmacy technician for the past 7 years. I feel as though this issue has progressively gotten worse. I never seemed to worry as much while I lived alone. Now, I have a fiance and a soon to be step son who just started kindergarten last year and I'm always terrified when Friday comes to pick up the little guy. I have been in recovery from alcohol for the past 61/2 years and I have noticed this panic and need for control in my life which seems to be tied to this emet. Can anyone relate?
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carla said...

i have had this fear since i was 4,and im now 33,now the nuro virus is around it has gotten a lot worse,all of my family came over newyears eve for a party and the next day they were all sick with the virus,when i found this out i top to toe cleaned the house,door handles light switches everything,its getting a bit ocd now though,i feel as though my 2 boys have picked up on my fear as my eldest is 15 and hes terrified of v,i belive though that throughout the years i have trained my brain so that i am not sick,i get cramps and dioria but when it comes to the v i dont think my brain allows me because of the fear,you can control a lot with your brain,just carnt wait till march then i can carry on with my life!!!

Anonymous said...

Just found this, and the timing is great. Norovirus is ALL OVER the news,and it makes me crazy! I've been emetophobic as long as I can remember, but have never told anyone before now. So, thanks to all here. For the time being, I'm just hoarding the few Zofran I have, hoping that it's effective against the dreaded stomach bug, in case it finds me. All of this anxiety is miserable.

Anonymous said...

Wow. Glad to see so many others with the same phobia! I've never met anyone who is terrified of vomiting or, worse, others vomiting. I've been like this since I can remember, but once my son started kindergarten, it got much, much worse. All I need to do is hear about another kid at school and the obsessing begins. This new strain of norovirus has me freaked out! Hand sanitizer was my savior and it doesn't work?? If I could put my family in masks and gloves everywhere we went, I would. I would carry a mini Lysol (has to be Lysol III) with me and send one with my son, but my husband would have me committed. I have a stash of Zofran ... does that work for this virus?

Anonymous said...

OMG! I am so relieved that they're are sooooo many others that have this same (i refer to as seasonal) fear as i do. PLEEEASE get here April or even more safely May. I'll take those springtime allergies over that gut garbage ANYTIME!

Anonymous said...

Hello, I just wanted to 'bump' your request for anyone who knows of a med that can stop vomiting caused by a bug. I am so scared of this noro v and have three children at three different schools. Sometimes wish I was buyer alive. Wish I could get away from this terror!
Please post if you know of any med...

Jenna said...

After reading all of these posts, I've felt the same way. I work in a childcare setting and the stomach bug has been going around through the staff (thankfully not the kids) and I'm so terrified that I've barely been eating. Its been a week since I was first exposed but others have been coming down with it all week. I get paranoid to the point where I can't sleep. I take anxiety meds every day but it doesn't help in this situation. I just want to live a normal life without the constant worry!

Anonymous said...

How do you get these scripts from you doc to have on hand?

Anonymous said...

Reading your post make me literally cry! I feel the same way and when I look ahead at the years of dealing with this and the desperation it has caused between my son and I.. I am always afraid he will get ill so I don't cuddle, or take him anywhere that other kids play all because of this fear.. He just got the stomach flu tonight while at his grandmas, where he usually goes during the winter months because of my fears, and I'm a wreak not only in if he was contagious before he went there but also for him. I would do anything to be able to be a real mom to him.. No a distant paranoid person who asks how many kids are out of class each day or how's he feeling all the time. And here I sit pregnant with baby #2. This baby will get the same from me and I feel there are times they deserve better., they will both never have that cuddle while feeling so sick from the one person who should be there.. I'm so sad that this has ruined my whole life. Each winter kills me and it seems to get harder and harder each year. I wish there was anything that 100% gave me my life back. It's literally killing me. Just wanted to send you a hug.. Cause I know how you feel.

Anonymous said...

Hi. I'm 18 and suffer from emetophobia too. I have had it since I had an awful stomach virus when I was 9 years old. I was sick for two weeks straight and lost over a stone. Since then, I've become an emetophobic. Good thing is that I haven't had it or been sick since then although in the past several months I've been close to loads of times. My phobia was dormant until last year in August when I was deathly nauseous for a week straight for no reason whatsoever. Since then, my emet has been SO bad. And I mean BAD.

I have a problem with my esophagus or stomach it seems as I'm constantly bringing up what feels like food/drink/vomit. I get it all day and mostly everyday now and since I'm an emet, well... you can guess how I'm feeling everyday... I even get burps that taste like vomit a lot and it really scares me and puts me into panic mode. However, I've had them so much now that I don't get anxious over them anymore, but that's only because I know I've never thrown up from them or anything. But the thing I still worry about constantly is feeling what feels like vomit travel up to the back of my throat. I don't know what it is and that's what is scaring me.... I keep getting told that it's only reflux but I don't believe them. No one has ever told me that they get what I get everyday. Plus, I never get heartburn or the acidic feeling. Just the sick taste after burping and feeling vomit come up... I'm feeling extremely suicidal because no one knows what is causing these awful but weird symptoms. I've been to several doctors and been prescribed medication but they don't work. So I'm scheduled to have an endoscopy on the 1st May to see what's going on in my stomach. Thing is, it's still so far away and don't thing I can cope till then.... I want to die because I'm feeling sick everyday and worrying if I'm going to throw up or not... I just can't cope with this anymore...

scaredy_Kyra said...

I know exactly how you are all feeling. I have been suffering from emetophobia for a while, as well as anxiety depression and chronic nausea. I constantly feel sick and my weight has dropped dramatically. Because I constantly feel nauseous I never know if I'm coming down with something which makes me feel so much worse. I could maybe handle the cramps and diarrhea that comes with bugs but I can't handle v-ing. I'm scared to play with any of my nieces and nephews, in case they have it. I don't let my boyfriend or anyone touch me and I'm scared to leave the house. I hate that this fear controls my life and it's worse because none of my family understand it, they think I'm crazy. And maybe I am but I know because of everything else in my life I wouldn't be strong enough to cope with a bug. I'm even scared to take any of my medications because they might make me sick. I just hate my life and hate been prisoner in my own house and head. It's a small comfort to know I'm not alone in this :'(

Sara W. said...

My daughter is sick tonight again after having (and passing on) norovirus for the second time in a month. It being almost June, I thought we were safe to go outside. Guess I was wrong. I feel as if I'm absolutely going to lose my mind.

Anonymous said...

This is the best site for ways of preventing it:

www.stopthestomachflu.com

The woman is also an emetophobe and has a PhD in biology.

williams said...




I am this kinda person who never believe in all these spiritual/horoscope/psychic things, i just think its bullshit but my desperation and loneliness got a better of me one day when i finally decided i don't want to be lonely again, i want my wife back, our divorce was entirely my fault in the first place which was due to my cheating but you never know the value of what you have until you lose it, my ex already remarried but i know i can never ever meet someone like her again, i went to this this spell caster at priestandrew91@yahoo.com and everything changes for me in just 4days, i am with my wife now and but when it first worked out i was so scared i was expecting something bad to happen, but its been 6months now and Priest Andrew assured me nothing bad will happen to me. I know there are lot of people out there facing the same thing, please give it a trial, its your best shot, some people will never understand wanting an ex back, but some do and its for these people who cry in their pillow at night before sleeping.

Anonymous said...

Recipe for Bleach Disinfecting Solution(For use in bathrooms, diapering areas, etc.)1/4 cup bleach1 gallon of cool waterOR1 tablespoon bleach1 quart cool waterAdd the household bleach (5.25%sodium hypochlorite) to the water.Recipe for Weaker Bleach Disinfecting Solution(For use on toys, eating utensils, etc.)1 tablespoon bleach1 gallon cool water thought this would be helpful for us I for hope comfort in our struggles

Anonymous said...

I've also been an emetic for my entire life. I rarely throw up and have actually only done so maybe 3 times total. My mother was an alcoholic when I was a kid and she was always throwing up from it, so I'm pretty sure that's where it stemmed from. But my fear is the feeling, the smell, the look, the wretching of the stomach and chest. I know it doesn't last long and it's not the end of the world, but I am absolutely terrified to go through it. I pace back and forth when I'm nauseous, need ice cold water on me, cold air and I just have to get up and make sure moving and focusing on something else.

I tried cognitive behavioral therapy but I wasn't happy with my Dr so I stopped going. I would like to try again and maybe try the eft someone else mentioned earlier in this blog.

I wish there were people around me who had the same problem. I wish there was someone near me who understood and confiding on each other would help.

I'm petrified of catching the bug..someone was at my house last night who was at someone else's house where their 2 year old has had the bug for 5 days now. And now I'm paranoid that I will get it even if my friend didn't. I feel like whether they get sick or not, they're carrying the virus and I'm sure to get it.

Does anyone know of a blog or something where we can actually contact other emetics to try and help each other?

This has consumed my life and ever since I found out there's a bad bug going around, I'm in panic mode full swing. :-(

My email address is Amie.lynn.Sershen at gmail .com

Anonymous said...

Zofran or Pepto-Bismol flat coke is good to line the stomach too ��

dreaf said...


Greetings to everybody that is reading.
Me and my girlfriend was seriously in love for 4 years,already we were planning to get married but on day she came to my house,she told me she was no longer interested in me,in our relationship,simply because she was dating already rich divorced man who promise to buy her a car,house and to sponsor their wedding abroad. I suffer SO MUCH PAIN FROM MY heartbreak for months AND STILL i was not tired of loving HER,i was very happy with the bold step i took by contacting a spell caster who help me bring my girlfriend back which i am still suprise how he did it. This man Therapist Oniha is so powerful and great,you can make a step his contact is winexbackspell@gmail.com if you are in similar issues.

Anonymous said...

I am 17 years old, female. Ive had emt since I can remember, its ruined my life. It gradually got worse over the years, from not eating, to not leaving the house, to self harming to take my mind off it, I havent thrown uo in 5 ywars and just 2 days ago my sister and her boyfriend came down with the stomach flu:( constant puking, ive barely left my room, I have legit been washing my hands with pure bleach, im so scared, my sisters boyfriend had it tuessay, he felt fine then woke up at 3am puking, then he settled down and thursday morning my sister woke up T 4am puking. It seems to be just a 24 hour bug, but it ould be my turn next, im terrified. If you see this please pray for me.... im staying yp all night ....im so scared

Anonymous said...

Hi everyone! I just want to say that it can and does get better :) i am 32, 2 kids and have been emetophobe since i was very little. I know what it is do ridiculously revolve your life around it. At one point i would not eat in restanrants or ppl's houses for years, i even reached a point i would only eat toast! I dropped to 102 pounds and looked so gross. I got help, funny but my therspist made me watch videos of ppl throwing up over and over. The first few times i would in panic mode but after 12 times of seeing the same video i was like "what the hell did he eat to be that color" with no fear. My oldest son when little i could not go near him if he was sick and now, last night my toddler barfed violently all over me and my bed. Of course i am worried of gettin

james pitt said...

I feel the same and I don't know what to do about it