I have been studying and learnng a lot about what the doctors think my problems is. Since i was a kid, I suffered from fear of people I do not know and speaking in public. Very shy, and I ate Tums daily in High School for nerveous stomach. I came a long way after graduation, but still would occasionally fear going to places like the laudromat, where I just knew people were watching me, and feared men or rather, groups of men/boys. But, things have really come to a head int he last few years, since my gall bladder removal and cyst removal in I think it was 2003. I have always had OCD issues as well. Anyway, I wake up a lot, choking, and I attribute that to the fact that I had that tube down my throat when aI was under in surgery. The last few years I like to go to chicken shows, and usually feel a bit sick for the first half of the mornings of the show. But, the sickness has gotten really bad, enough that I have had someone drive me to one of the last shows cause I was afraid I would vomit the whole way there. I was like that for all three days. Cannot eat food etc. I have started to not be able to even go to my bird swaps as I usually have nausea and diarrhea then so bad I am sick all morning. I also suffer from IBS, which they seem to go hand in hand. I lost my job in January and my husband has been on the verge of being laid off now for months...they have new lay offs every few weeks. Plus, we had to drain out our entire savings to replace our septic system and I worried for weeks that they would not be about to replace it. I started a new job in March, and I LOVE it, however, the stress of working in a new place with people I do not know made me sick daily. I finally went to the doctor in tears after being sick/nausea/diarrhea daily for weeks. I am not supposed to miss work for the first six months and that stress has added to the already full load as I had to leave one morning. The doctor is thinking that the problem is I have a very sensitive stomach to stress and anxiety and that aggrevates my IBS, which is aggrevated by the Anxiety and Stress. He said I am stuck in a vicious cycle really. I have started on some anxiety meds which do seem to help and a pill I can take (samples) to fight the nausea. Also a acid reducer and one for intestinal/stomach ulcers. Was working good for 5 days until I came down with a severe stomach flu and had to miss work for 2 dyas (again, did not help my stress about potentially losing my job). Have not hardly taken any pills since getting over the stomach flue and I am being paranoid I will recatch it as everyone at work is getting it now. I work at Walmart so in cantact with a lot of people daily. I had a chicken show in which i was the show secretary and I took my anxiety pills the whole time and one pill each morning for nausea as I still felt a bit sick but could pretty well handle it. Had anyone any stories about their anxiety,symptoms, any like mine? I see a lot of discussion forums, but, they are all old and not much traffic for people to talk to about things or how I feel.