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Old 08-14-2003, 03:24 AM   #1
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Question I'm embarassed by my stomach. Please help!!!

Beginning a few months ago, my stomach started making really embarassing noises during class. But it only happened when I thought about it. It made me nervous and that was the reason why my stomach started to make noises. I know it's all in my mind, but I seriously can not get it to stop. Whenever I'm alone with someone, in a quiet place like class, or just watching tv next to someone, the second I think about my stomach it will start making those horrible noises again. And it also gives me gas and makes me have to go #2. I've tried everything from meditating to simply trying not to think about it. But of course, once I do think about it my stomach takes over from there. I haven't always had this problem. A lot of the time I also feel like I have this empty hunger feeling in my stomach, even though I know I'm not hungry. This problem is getting in the way of so much in my life. I now dread just sitting next to someone, and I have no idea what I'm going to do when school starts next month. I don't want to go through the embarassment of having my classmates look at me with disgust when my stomach makes loud gurgling noises.
Any advice at all would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

 
Old 08-15-2003, 05:19 PM   #2
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It could be many things, so you should ask your doctor. Because you mentioned an "empty hunger" and also because you mentioned you didn't like to sit near others because of this noise, I have an idea that it could possibly be caused by anxiety. Also, you could have irritable bowel syndrome (read up on that). Many times, especially in women, IBS flares up when our anxiety level increases. Also, when some people have an anxiety/depression situation, they tend to feel that sort of strange hunger, even though they have already eaten. Just a thought, but you should speak to your doctor if this is a constant problem.

 
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Old 08-15-2003, 11:08 PM   #3
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Thank you so much for the advice. I'm definitely going to make a doctor's appointment to find out for sure. Thanks!

 
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