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Does anyone else get nauseated and nervous when flare ups happen

Whenever I have a flare up, I go into a bit of an anxiety attack. I’m always getting nauseous, and after the flare, it is normal that I’m so weak in the knees (or should I say weak in the legs).. And It’s like I’m in a brain fog for a couple of days. Is this normal??


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  • CaptainGeronimo
    4 months ago

    You’re in good company, hang in there 🙂 My last flare had me dry-heaving whenever I tried moving around. That was the last straw before my wife took me to my 6 day spa treatment (ER + hospitalization). I was nauseous and vomited while there. It’s all part of the process. Anxiety has been a part of my life since I was diagnosed with UC 7 years ago (I am a 37yo m). I would go so far as to call it “obsessive anxiety” because my entire mental space is consumed by “what ifs” and desperately searching for new ways to prevent/manage the inevitable. Have been diagnosed with PTSD as a result. Marijuana helps significantly. I have a medical card which has made a world of difference on the anxiety and personally, on UC symptoms + appetite loss as well.

    I wish you the best.

  • thedancingcrohnie moderator
    4 months ago

    I can so relate to this. The dry-heaving and anxiety are so real. I love that you refer to the ER as “spa treatment.” Very funny. It truly can be spa-like with all the noise, chaos and waking you up every hour to check vitals and take blood. Just dreamy.

    I use hemp oil and it has been absolutely incredible. I swear by it.

    I hope you are doing well these days.

    Always dancing,
    Elizabeth (team member)

  • Pam.Kingsland moderator
    4 months ago

    Hi @captaingeronimo, thanks so much for your response and your words of encouragement. I just wanted to tag the author, @jm702, so they can see your response. Wishing you well! – Pam (team member)

  • Andrea-Cali
    4 months ago

    As I sit in bed, after work, in the middle of a flare up, nauseated and crying from Anxiety more than the pain itself….I’m just glad I’m not alone. I haven’t ate solid food in 2 days, living off bananas, yogurt cause I’m afraid to eat anything anymore…and restarted my Chrons antibiotics I stopped taking two months ago cause I was doing so well and plus they made me get sick and catch Shingles at age 40…while the hospital told me nothing was wrong and to get a PC doc….I feel defeated and have a new found appreciation for FB groups! I’ve always been a happy, outgoing, type A personality until I was diagnosed in August of last year…I just am having trouble with the Anxiety most of all and not being the free spirited person I used to be…so I got a new Doc I get to see in 10 days, but I’m assuming I will also have to get recommended to a GI specialist…the stress of waiting for docs, the stress of the flares, the stress of the unknown and the worst case scenarios…I just hope others get me and feel my struggle!

  • Pam.Kingsland moderator
    4 months ago

    Thanks so much for sharing, @andrea-cali! You certainly are NOT alone here. I know there are many who understand what you’re going through. A diagnosis can be devastating, but please know we’re all here for each other and we’re here for you! Here’s an article from one of our advocates. @shawnbethea talks about not losing yourself to your diagnosis. I thought it might be uplifting for you to read.

    Please reach out anytime for support. <3 Sending hugs and well wishes -Pam (team member)

  • Brooke Abbott moderator
    4 months ago

    Hi @JM702,

    You are not alone! My anxiety skyrockets after I red vines or beets! From talking to other patients, I’ve realized that most of us have an automatic knee jerk reaction at the first signs of a flare. We just never get use to it. Yes, nausea is very common. I try to add an Oral Rehydration Supplement to my system. Preggie pops, ginger candies, peppermint tea all help me get through those moments. I also do cold towels and try to lay down when I can. I know it seems like we just can’t rest or take a moment. But we need to do so. You can’t pour from an empty cup.
    -Brooke
    (inflammatoryboweldisease.net Team Member)

  • Natali Marti
    4 months ago

    Hi @jm702,

    I definitely get nauseous when I go into a flare, which causes my anxiety to spike drastically because I am constantly fighting it. It is completely draining and leaves me physically spent for days. The brain fog is real as well, and if I didn’t write everything down in my planner I would be lost! I have found some temporary relief from the nausea by putting peppermint essential oils in my diffuser and drinking peppermint tea. It helps settle my stomach and I try to do a calming activity at the same time, like coloring or crocheting while listening to an audio book or music. I also talked to my therapist, and she gave me some “tools” to help reduce the anxiety so I don’t make my flare worse. I hope you can find something similar to help when you feel this way so you can find some relief!

    Best of luck,
    Natali (team member)

  • thedancingcrohnie moderator
    5 months ago

    I certainly get nauseous and vomit quite often during a flare. My anxiety also increases. You are definitely not alone in feeling this.

    Always dancing,
    Elizabeth (team member)

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