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I visit this forum every day and am alway reassured by the different posts and advice I read so thank you all so much for that. This is my first time actually posting but I feel so scared and suicidal at the moment so I thought it's finally time to.
I'm 23 and suffer from emetephobia, anxiety and depression. I have for a long time but have always been able to function on the outside and go work, shopping etc. The past few months however have been horrible. I've had stomach pain, GERD, nausea, bloating, difficulty swallwing, sinus problems and lost my appetite. I used to eat healthy, exercise, drink loads of water, was doing everything right but now I just feel like I'm dying. It's been especially tough because food is a source of great pleasure for me. I don't have any friends or a partner or go on extravagant holidays but I like my food. To feel uncomfortablly full after 1 slice of toast and not have any chocolate for fear of reflux has made me cry many times. I've gone to A&E twice in the past month, did a stool test and today was told I tested positive for H.pylori. I've been given 2 antibiotics and a ppi to take for 1 week.
Well that's good and bad news.
Good to have a diagnosis and a hopefully simple cure. I'm trying to be positive that this will be eradicated and I'll feel happy and be able to breathe again.
Bad because I have difficulty swallowing tablets. At the moment I can just about swallow my own mine saliva, a result of the silent reflux and probably anxiety, so to have to take 6 pills a day for a week is frightening. I'm also extremely worried about the side effects, one of the reasons I didn't take antidepressants when I was prescribed them last year.
Therefore, I was wondering if anyone had any positive success stories of this triple therapy treatment or overcoming difficulty with swallowing tablets?
?Any words of encouragement would be lovely really. I'm constantly imagining jumping out of my bedroom window or running in front of a moving bus. Anything to stop this pain.
Thank you for reading
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