Always feel sick at parties? Watch

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Okay so I am a 17 year old girl and I often go to parties. However, every single party I have ever been to (except for one), I have ended the night feeling incredibly sick and often even vomiting.
It is important to note that I do not drink alcohol and I don't do drugs for the very reason that I don't want to increase the nausea.
Last night was a prime example of this. I went to a party and felt sick halfway through. I tried to surpress it with water and breaths and fresh air, but it hardly worked. I went to a second party, which is when I really started to feel sick. The whole night I felt awful, and the night was topped off with me throwing up in a bin.
When I finally got home, I lay in bed all night shivering and feeling sick.
I have another party coming up soon and I honestly don't know what causes this. I thought it could be anxiety, which would make sense, but if anyone has suggestions or similar stories please share!
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Anonymous #2
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Were you unwell before going to the parties?

Assuming you were well on the days leading up to and after these occasions it sounds like social anxiety. Some things to ask yourself:
How do you feel before a party? How do you feel just thinking about a party?
What else is going on when you started to feel nauseous - and Is it always the same? (i.e. is there anything obvious that unsettles you)
You said there was one party this didn't happen at...think about what was different about that one to the rest.

Also, does this happen in other situations? More generally, do you feel nauseous when nervous?

I have had (and still have) similar situations. Sometimes, once I feel nauseous, the fear of the vomiting makes my nausea worse! (for this reason, I have bee known to give up on suppressing it).
As a teenager, I couldn't meet up with my "friends" for a day...I recall trying to go ice skating: the first attempt at going, I woke up early feeling nauseous - and just as it was time to leave the house, vomited, which meant, ice skating cancelled. I had no idea what was causing this - I really wanted to go! When we rearranged to go the following week, the same thing happened - but I insisted on going anyway...all was going ok - and I was feeling better when my friend produced the house keys she was suppose to leave for her brother...cue me vomiting. (We did still ice skate)

My best advice would be to see your GP. If it is anxiety, they can give you something to counteract the symptoms and refer you for CBT (counselling which helps you work out what is causing you to be anxious and for you to make the appropriate changes...). They will also be able to advise you on coping mechanisms / subtle relaxation methods.

When at a party and feeling nauseous....don't panic. Take deep breaths - make sure your breath out for longer than you breathe in (e.g. in for 5, ou for 7). Try clenching your fist really tight for 5 seconds - and really focus on the feeling of tension in your hands. You can also do this with your toes. [this is based on something called Progressive Muscle Relaxation - where you spend 10 mins slowly going around your body clenching and releasing the muscles]. Find something to distract your mind: describe the room to yourself (in detail!); play an A-Z game (e.g. name fruit beginning with each letter of the alphabet) with a couple of friends; run through the times-tables. Most importantly, whatever you do, KEEP DOING THIS - don't stop just because you have felt better for 10 seconds because if you do, the anxiety will rush back and you will vomit! (Experience talking here...) This is where getting other people involved in distracting you helps (doesn't have to be obvious btw) as hopefully, the conversation will naturally progress and help you feel better.


I hope this post is of some help. If nothing else, know that someone else (and there will be others) have similar experiences. And however horrible the feeling nauseous at parties is, please don't let it stop you from going - because it just allows anxiety to grow, and affect other situations. Also, it will make you feel low because you miss out on socialising with your friends. (Equally, try not to leave a party because of it! [practicalities permitting of course]) If not going to a party because of feeling nauseous like this, is ever a consideration, it is DEFINITLEY get help from your GP.

I hope this issue? (not sure that's the right word!) improves for you. Take care.
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(Original post by Anonymous)
Were you unwell before going to the parties?

Assuming you were well on the days leading up to and after these occasions it sounds like social anxiety. Some things to ask yourself:
How do you feel before a party? How do you feel just thinking about a party?
What else is going on when you started to feel nauseous - and Is it always the same? (i.e. is there anything obvious that unsettles you)
You said there was one party this didn't happen at...think about what was different about that one to the rest.

Also, does this happen in other situations? More generally, do you feel nauseous when nervous?

I have had (and still have) similar situations. Sometimes, once I feel nauseous, the fear of the vomiting makes my nausea worse! (for this reason, I have bee known to give up on suppressing it).
As a teenager, I couldn't meet up with my "friends" for a day...I recall trying to go ice skating: the first attempt at going, I woke up early feeling nauseous - and just as it was time to leave the house, vomited, which meant, ice skating cancelled. I had no idea what was causing this - I really wanted to go! When we rearranged to go the following week, the same thing happened - but I insisted on going anyway...all was going ok - and I was feeling better when my friend produced the house keys she was suppose to leave for her brother...cue me vomiting. (We did still ice skate)

My best advice would be to see your GP. If it is anxiety, they can give you something to counteract the symptoms and refer you for CBT (counselling which helps you work out what is causing you to be anxious and for you to make the appropriate changes...). They will also be able to advise you on coping mechanisms / subtle relaxation methods.

When at a party and feeling nauseous....don't panic. Take deep breaths - make sure your breath out for longer than you breathe in (e.g. in for 5, ou for 7). Try clenching your fist really tight for 5 seconds - and really focus on the feeling of tension in your hands. You can also do this with your toes. [this is based on something called Progressive Muscle Relaxation - where you spend 10 mins slowly going around your body clenching and releasing the muscles]. Find something to distract your mind: describe the room to yourself (in detail!); play an A-Z game (e.g. name fruit beginning with each letter of the alphabet) with a couple of friends; run through the times-tables. Most importantly, whatever you do, KEEP DOING THIS - don't stop just because you have felt better for 10 seconds because if you do, the anxiety will rush back and you will vomit! (Experience talking here...) This is where getting other people involved in distracting you helps (doesn't have to be obvious btw) as hopefully, the conversation will naturally progress and help you feel better.


I hope this post is of some help. If nothing else, know that someone else (and there will be others) have similar experiences. And however horrible the feeling nauseous at parties is, please don't let it stop you from going - because it just allows anxiety to grow, and affect other situations. Also, it will make you feel low because you miss out on socialising with your friends. (Equally, try not to leave a party because of it! [practicalities permitting of course]) If not going to a party because of feeling nauseous like this, is ever a consideration, it is DEFINITLEY get help from your GP.

I hope this issue? (not sure that's the right word!) improves for you. Take care.
I have literally just seen this (4 months later!) but I wanted to reply to let you know that I really appreciate it!
I have actually been researching relaxation techniques and the last party I went to I did not feel sick at all!
Thank you for your help though, if this continues I will follow your advice
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(Original post by Anonymous)
I have literally just seen this (4 months later!) but I wanted to reply to let you know that I really appreciate it!
I have actually been researching relaxation techniques and the last party I went to I did not feel sick at all!
Thank you for your help though, if this continues I will follow your advice
Thanks for sharing as I thought I was the only one in the world with this problem. As a kid I loved parties and social events but after a couple of nausea/vomiting episodes i began to develop anxiety and that only made the whole thing worse. I have tried all the relaxation methods I know, it never worked. I recently adopted taking anti nausea drugs ahead of going for my last two outings(not parties) and I ate well. I am planning to use it for my next party and hoping it works. I will also try to read about relaxation techniques and hope it works. All the best
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I've had the same experience a couple of times. It's crazy, frustrating and makes one feel anxiety which in turn makes it worse. I have done all sorts of medical tests and they say nothing is wrong with me 🙂 . I wish I had a solution to share. I currently use Omeprazole to reduce acid production and gravol to stop nausea feeling. I can't really say for sure if it is really working cause I have tried to avoid parties altogether. I wish you luck in your quest for solution.
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Anonymous #1
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(Original post by Babayemo)
I've had the same experience a couple of times. It's crazy, frustrating and makes one feel anxiety which in turn makes it worse. I have done all sorts of medical tests and they say nothing is wrong with me 🙂 . I wish I had a solution to share. I currently use Omeprazole to reduce acid production and gravol to stop nausea feeling. I can't really say for sure if it is really working cause I have tried to avoid parties altogether. I wish you luck in your quest for solution.
Since I wrote that post I have stopped experiencing the feeling (for now at least, it's been winter so I've only been to like 2 parties since I wrote that).
Just a question, did you have to get a prescription to get that medication, or do you think I'd be able to get it if it happens again?
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Anonymous #3
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(Original post by Anonymous)
Since I wrote that post I have stopped experiencing the feeling (for now at least, it's been winter so I've only been to like 2 parties since I wrote that).
Just a question, did you have to get a prescription to get that medication, or do you think I'd be able to get it if it happens again?
I am glad to hear about your improvement. I got a prescription for the acid production inhibitor (omeprazole) although one can buy over the counter too by asking the pharmacist. The anti nausea (gravol) is over the counter. Don't take my message as a prescription, I am just sharing my experience.
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(Original post by Anonymous)
I am glad to hear about your improvement. I got a prescription for the acid production inhibitor (omeprazole) although one can buy over the counter too by asking the pharmacist. The anti nausea (gravol) is over the counter. Don't take my message as a prescription, I am just sharing my experience.
That's great thank you. If it carries on I will probably go to the doctors and mention if they think that that medication would be helpful.
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