Stressed out stomach

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-07-2007
Stressed out stomach
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Thu, 02-24-2011 - 11:24am

I was chatting with an iVillage member on another message board about how stress can really do a number on our stomachs... For me it comes with cramping, diarrhea and bloating.

Community Leader
Registered: 07-25-2000
Sun, 02-27-2011 - 9:32am

I guess I am pretty lucky. Except for that "butterfly" feeling, stress does not seem to affect my stomach too much. Taking some time to do a bit of yoga breathing usually helps with that.

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-07-2007
Mon, 02-28-2011 - 11:45am
Oh, you are lucky!

I've been thinking of starting up a little yoga, I'm glad to hear that it can help with this issue.

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-27-2000
Wed, 09-28-2011 - 12:38pm

Yes, yes, and yes.

 


~~joannaran~~

Community Leader
Registered: 07-25-2000
Thu, 09-29-2011 - 5:45pm

Glad to hear your new GI is working out well for you, as well as helping you to identify stress as part of your problem.

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-27-2000
Fri, 10-07-2011 - 4:21am

Exercise is supposed to be good, esp. active stuff, since it gets things moving in there.

 


~~joannaran~~

Community Leader
Registered: 07-25-2000
Mon, 10-10-2011 - 3:33pm

I agree that there is nothing that makes you feel worse than stomach problems. I hope you can get the Zofran problem resolved. I know that insurance companies need to try to keep their costs down, but it is too bad that people like you end up suffering as a result.

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-02-2003
Fri, 10-14-2011 - 1:07pm
Hey Amy, because I was diagnosed with UC and IBS last year, I do find that increased stress does a number on not really my stomach, but my intestines for sure. Increased stress can also result in an increase in acid production which can cause stomach upset.

When my IBS is really acting up I used a heating pad on my abdomen, if it's really bad (and I've had a few bad flares) I use a laxative, warm tea, and a heating pad.

But exercise is good, and anything that you find will help to lower your stress levels - meditation, wine ... LOL. I've also heard that swimming can be great - just being in the water, and having your body stretched out can really relieve gastro discomfort. Plus there's always the hot tub afterwards! :-)