The reason I ask is I've had soreheads, breathing problems, gasping, general health worries, sore chests and now my stomach is playing havoc with me..
I had a fleixble sidmiodoscopy about 2 weeks ago but for the last 3/4 days my bowels and stomach just don't feel right. I'm worrying about it, worrying I might have got an infection from the scope and I don't know if my anxiety has taken over and made me feel this way.
Does anyone else exp stomach problems related to anxiety?
cc123 - yes, anxiety can cause stomach problems. I have acid reflux and ever since my anxiety kicked up, my reflux is so much worse. When my anxiety is really bad, I get abdominal pain, nausea and diarrhea...the works. Hope you feel better soon!
I've been really anxious lately and my stomach has been killing me. I constantly feel like I'm in pain...when I try to go to the bathroom I can't. But, lately, when I touch the left side of my stomach in a certain spot, it feels almost black and blue and sore to touch it. Does anyone else have this problem?
In my own opinion I think Anxiety can mess your whole body up, I am tired all the time, my stomach is in knots and I feel sick to my stomach most days. Oh by the way my name is Shannon, I am new to the boards I was diagosed with ADD/Depression/Anxeity, Panic Disorder/ and personality disorder. In other words' I am a emotinal wreck, I have lost alot of my dear friends over these problems, I am hoping to talk with ppl who go through the same things i am going through.
These boards have been a massive help and relief for me. To know I'm not the only one going through this.
Stomach has been the lastest thing to prey on my mind. I never have 2 anxiety symptoms going on at the same time, only the ony thing. Right now I feel bloated and stuffed, like I'm going to pop. I'm put off my food. Other days I've felt like my insides where on fire, its very weird.
to the initial question, yes, i believe anxiety can completely mess up your whole system!!! if you have a physical problem in that aspect in the first place, i think being anxious makes it even more unbearable. i'm sorry for anyone who has to endure this nightmare....
welcome to the board! i'm truly sorry about what you're going through!!!
i also have depresssion, anxiety, and used to have panic attacks (before these were brought under control by various meds tried over the years)...so, i can really relate. my anxiety was so bad, that it led to panic attacks with agoraphobia (i was afraid of leaving my house alone, b/c i thought i was going to faint or die or something on the streets, and nobody in my family would know where i was). it was the most horrendous experience (besides migraines, which i also suffer from) that i went through in my whole life--related to health.... the thing that helped was meds (talk therapy took too long, and my psychologist/therapist whom i'd been seeing at that time though i needed to be "stabilized" first, before we could even start talking...), so i thanked God when they placed me on Effexor (they chose this one b/c it has both antidepressant and antianxiety effects), and a benzodiazepine (Klonopin)--that's how bad things were.
after a while, i swear, i couldn't believe the change. i mean, it was like i was a different person. i used to keep journals before i got help, where i wrote all about my feelings of rage, anger, loneliness, hopelessness, hatred, anything and everything i felt. once i was "better" i stumbled onto those journals one day, almost by chance, and re-read some of the entries i had made. i thought to myself, "oh my god, i can't believe that person is/was me!!!!!. i wanted to help that person in those journals so much, i wanted to tell her not to worry, there's help out there, not to be so miserable, not to suffer so much, that it was going to be ok....
i'm still battling my "demons" so to speak, since we all know there is no cure for our ails, but i've learned more over the years, and i know that the dark abyss that comes, it comes in cycles, and it eventually passess....no matter how dark and hellish it gets!!!!!!
i was 25 when i was diagnosed with having had a major depressive episode and anxiety/ panic disorder. i'm 36 now and i still struggle with it on a day to day basis. we all know these things don't go away. i believe i have dysthymia as well (a chronic, low energy, low motivation, low self-esteem, low or no desire to socialize with others, low desire to do much at all, except work, since i NEED to do that--basically "low" everything, on a daily basis).....i asked my boyfriend to buy me one of those SAD lamps for my birthday, since i've noticed over the past two winters that the depressive symptoms get much worse over the fall-winter months. i hope it'll be of some help.
anyway, i'm truly sorry for my rambling....if i can be of any help to you (or anyone else here) please do not hesitate to ask any questions, or just to vent.
wishing you all a relatively good and peaceful day.
I have major stomach problems when I am anxious. Xanax is the only med that fixes the anxiety and stomach problems for me. I would recommend you try it. It is also useful for IBS which is essentially a physical manifestation of stress anyway.
I have had stomach aches and discomfort for about 6 months. every day. all day. its horrible and I wouldnt wish this on anyone. but I have been to the doctor a few times, as well as a GI specialist (who did an endoscopy) and everything checks out normal. so, they all seemed to think it was an anxiety/depression thing. I just started taking wellbutrin 5 days ago, and I hope to god it helps with my stomach. if this is all in my head, meds have got to help right? I hope your stomach feels better soon.
I too suffer from stomach problems. I go from one extreme to another. One day I'll be constipated and the next I'll have diarrhea. Like you, shaunsgirl, I get soar spots that really hurt to touch. Both of my sisters have IBS so I'm betting that I have this as well. I find that Immodium really helps with the cramps and diarrhea. It helps with the soar spots too. At least it does for me.
Oh yea, Zantac can really help along with some Gas-x a couple times a day. This will help with some of the symptoms, but it will not help with the anxiety and the stomach contractions that are caused by the chemical imbalance in your brain. This can only be helped by medicine that targets the brain. I was surprised one day that when I toom a mild muscle relaxer all of my stomach pain dissappeared. I was amazed. Of course my anxiety symtpoms didn't, but it unclenched my stomach and I had relief for the few hours that it worked for me. I then decided I needed medicine for the anxiety because the problem was caused by internal stomach contractions which is not a voluntary reflex. It is all controlled upstairs. The only way to help with that problem is medication and Xanax works wonders for me. Since day one I have had almost zero stomach issues. I am regular again for the first time in years and it does a pretty damn good job on the anxiety problem too. I would suggest you guys give it a go. It is used sometimes for IBS and it really works.