Do you know anyone with Emetophobia-The fear of vomiting?

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  1. Jenniferfields10 profile image60
    Jenniferfields10posted 14 years ago

    I've had a severe and crippling case of emetophobia for 30 years. Although I've found a disturbingly high concentration of people like me in Europe, I'm curious to see how many people in the U.S. suffer from this affliction. I'd also like to know if they got over it and how.

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      cosetteposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      i think i have that.

      i will go to any length to avoid throwing up, even if i know it will make me feel better. if i see it on tv omgsh....just the other day i was watching 'space cowboys' and close-up shot a guy starts blowing chunks all over it about made me die, blechh.

    2. fishtiger58 profile image68
      fishtiger58posted 14 years agoin reply to this

      I am 51 and don't think I will ever get over it. I simply don't want to be around it or have anything to do with it. However when I was younger and was going to start a family, I asked my mom what I was going to do about this problem and she told me that when it's your kid it's different. And she was right, I was so upset that my kid was sick that I just wanted to help him and I dealt with the fact that he was vomiting. I still was very uncomfortable but when it's your kid it seems to take a less important role. When my hubby is sick however I sleep on the couch.

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        jensheart110377posted 14 years agoin reply to this

        Me too!  Our son vomited for the first time about 2 weeks ago, he is 3. And I found myself staying in the room with him, but making a loud, "Ooh" sound every time he did it. My husband said to me, "honey, you can't do that, you will scare him"  So just when I thought that I was doing a good thing by staying, I felt that I still looked like more of an idiot than my usual running out of the room, or the house for that matter. I pace downstairs when my husband is getting sick and I turn the dryer on. My head and heart wants to help him but I physically can't move.. It's awful..

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          cosetteposted 13 years agoin reply to this

          you know what's strange... i can't stand the sight or sound of people vomiting but when my son was two, he had pneumonia really bad. so i was sitting on the couch about to take his temperature and he projectile vomited all over me and i didn't even flinch. which proves these phobias are all in the mind. i still can't stand the idea of vomiting and haven't in years. i cringe at the thought of Ancient Rome and their vomitoriums yikes gaaah!

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      Justine76posted 14 years agoin reply to this

      yup. I got over it when I was pregnant, and had sever morning sickness. I threw up a minimum of 7 times a day every day for the entire nine months. Most days it was more. I was hospitalized twice due to dehydration, at the beginning of my pregnancy, I lost 15 pounds...I learned to choose what to eat based on how bad I knew it would hurt coming back up.
      Since then, I am not so worried about it. I still hate it, but the fear is gone. I honestly didnt know anybody else was deathly afraid of vomit....I thought I was just wierd...I guess I got lucky, sort of, I dont have any ideas how I would have gotten over it wihtout the whole pregnancy thing. sorry.

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        jensheart110377posted 14 years agoin reply to this

        This is my 2nd pregnancy and I was actually hoping to have morning sickness, and never did. I actually idolize people who do have it and can function, because to me, throwing up is the worst possible thing that can happen ever!

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      jensheart110377posted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Hi, I'm 32 years old and am emetephobic. I haven't vomited in 26 years. It's an awful feeling, to have something like vomit take over your life.

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      Panicposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Contrary to the popular misperception, emetophobia is not at all uncommon. It is, in fact, the sixth most common phobia. Given this fact, it really is surprising how little this fear is discussed.

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    sneakorocksolidposted 14 years ago

    What kind of problem is it?

    1. Jenniferfields10 profile image60
      Jenniferfields10posted 14 years agoin reply to this

      The fear of vomiting.

  3. fishtiger58 profile image68
    fishtiger58posted 14 years ago

    Omg, is that what it's called. I call it pukeaphobia. I have run out of schools and churches and home when someone is vomiting. I don't want to hear it, see it, smell it, and certainly don't want to clean it up. Thought I was the only one in the world with this problem.

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      jensheart110377posted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Nope, i have it too, although I can clean it and see it after. I did stay w/ my son when he threw up for the 1st time 2 weeks ago, he is 3. I was TERRIFIED but I knew that I couldn't leave him.. But like you, I have run out of many places, people looking at me funny.. It's so embarassing!

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    sneakorocksolidposted 14 years ago

    I thought you got a queasy feeling and you knew it was time to head to the head. I never really had a choice if it was coming it was coming.

    My wife has a weak stomach. One time I was driving along and I sneezed and blew snot all over the steering wheel. My wife threw-up. Well I stoped and cleaned the truck and was ready to start over. We drove about two miles and she threw up again! I said what now and she said she thought about it again!

    1. Sara Tonyn profile image60
      Sara Tonynposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      That's really gross but it's also hilarious! lol lol lol

  5. Greg Cremia profile image60
    Greg Cremiaposted 14 years ago

    I had a friend who felt sick to his stomach so he put his finger down his throat to induce vomiting. He tore his esophagus while throwing up. He was on steroids and his tissues were too thin to handle the pressure.

    The stomach bile leaked onto his internal organs and killed him.

    I have always done whatever it took to avoid vomiting and after this I feel justified in doing so.

  6. easybusinesslinks profile image57
    easybusinesslinksposted 14 years ago

    I can understand how someone would fear being pukey, all them chunks bursting forth from your stomach and spraying out your nose and mouth, I was sick on my birthday a few weeks ago, not fun at all!

  7. Michaelle profile image59
    Michaelleposted 14 years ago

    Hi Jennifer,
                   I used to feel that way, but there are a number of effective cures for this. The best is an acupressure treatment. Place your thumb on the inside of your wrist and measure about 4 thumb widths up the arm, sliding your thumb up and holding it there. It is in the midle of the inside of the arm. ( 4 - 5 inches from the wrist fold)
          Now press very firmly and hold for a slow count of 30. Repeat on the other arm. Then repeat both. This works.

          I recommend obtaining a small handbook on acupressure for more tips and to see exactly where the point I have referred you to here is
    (it is called the Heart Governor/Constrictor/Pericardium/ no 6)
          Best wishes!

  8. lelliottxx profile image57
    lelliottxxposted 13 years ago

    <snipped link - do not promote your hubs in the forums>

    i know excacily how you feel hmm


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