It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....



Anxiety Message Board


Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 10-26-2006, 02:10 PM   #1
Junior Member
(male)
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 41
cc123 HB User
Can anxiety mess with your stomach too?

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?

 
Old 10-26-2006, 02:31 PM   #2
Senior Member
(female)
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: PA
Posts: 163
smurfy33 HB User
Re: Can anxiety mess with your stomach too?

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!

 
Sponsors Lightbulb
   
Old 10-26-2006, 06:28 PM   #3
Senior Veteran
(male)
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: ontario
Posts: 3,776
Blog Entries: 1
trg247 HB Usertrg247 HB Usertrg247 HB User
Re: Can anxiety mess with your stomach too?

Yep. Anxiety and stress can play havoc on your whole body. Muscle aches and pains, ulcers and exatra

trg247
__________________
Major Depressive Disorder With Psychotic Features
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Borderline Personality Disorder
Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Current Meds
Pristiq
Cymbalta
Seroquel
Temazapam

 
Old 10-26-2006, 08:03 PM   #4
Senior Member
(female)
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: johnstown, pa, usa
Posts: 163
shaunsgrl HB User
Re: Can anxiety mess with your stomach too?

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?

 
Old 10-26-2006, 09:34 PM   #5
Newbie
(male)
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 3
HarryAngel HB User
Re: Can anxiety mess with your stomach too?

As it says in the Good Book, "As you think, so whall you be." I have seen it in my own life, that your negative thoughts can manifest themselves into physical symptoms in the body.

 
Old 10-27-2006, 02:51 AM   #6
Newbie
(female)
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Dayton, Ohio
Posts: 3
KillerQueen318 HB User
Re: Can anxiety mess with your stomach too?

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.

 
Old 10-27-2006, 07:43 AM   #7
Junior Member
(male)
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 41
cc123 HB User
Re: Can anxiety mess with your stomach too?

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.

 
Old 10-27-2006, 11:23 AM   #8
Junior Member
(female)
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 44
ravadelia HB User
Re: Can anxiety mess with your stomach too?

You might consider being checked for IBS. That problem can also bring on anxiety-like attacks.

 
Old 10-27-2006, 12:07 PM   #9
Senior Veteran
(female)
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: New York
Posts: 1,464
Dakota_Skye HB User
Re: Can anxiety mess with your stomach too?

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....

to killerqueen/shannon.

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.

 
Old 10-27-2006, 05:19 PM   #10
Inactive
(male)
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 786
ocdengineer HB User
Re: Can anxiety mess with your stomach too?

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.

Good luck.

 
Old 10-27-2006, 06:37 PM   #11
Newbie
(male)
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Washington DC
Posts: 7
jcka HB User
Re: Can anxiety mess with your stomach too?

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.

 
Old 10-28-2006, 07:08 AM   #12
Junior Member
(female)
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Canada
Posts: 39
stacygee HB User
Re: Can anxiety mess with your stomach too?

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.

 
Old 10-28-2006, 07:26 AM   #13
Inactive
(male)
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 786
ocdengineer HB User
Re: Can anxiety mess with your stomach too?

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.

 
Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
Acid Reflux and Anxiety?!? jns1022 Acid Reflux / GERD 2 04-01-2010 10:12 PM
Im 20, severe anxiety, in a real mess :'( Nadine7 Anxiety 3 01-20-2010 10:42 AM
Guys help Im having really horrible anxiety right now or acid reflux!!! (scared) lpr guy Acid Reflux / GERD 8 07-21-2009 05:23 AM
Anxiety Sucks!!! ruby92173 Anxiety 3 09-14-2007 08:41 PM
Still get anxiety on medication? RedMan1972 Anxiety 3 08-24-2007 07:55 AM




Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




Join Our Newsletter

Stay healthy through tips curated by our health experts.

Whoops,

There was a problem adding your email Try again

Thank You

Your email has been added




Top 10 Drugs Discussed on this Board.
(Go to DrugTalk.com for complete list)
Ativan
Celexa Effexor
Klonopin
Lexapro
  Paxil
Prozac
Valium
Xanax
Zoloft




TOP THANKED CONTRIBUTORS



ms_mod (56), Foxxii (26), d0ink (25), Frank Furter (16), Jagraal (15), Shae794 (9), iluv (9), Skip4 (9), slenderella (8), tygriff (8)

Site Wide Totals

teteri66 (1180), MSJayhawk (1004), Apollo123 (905), Titchou (848), janewhite1 (823), Gabriel (759), ladybud (754), midwest1 (669), sammy64 (668), BlueSkies14 (610)



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 12:41 AM.



Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
Terms of Use © 1998-2014 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!