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anxiety-top-banner-012417If there is one thing we can count on human beings to be, it’s different from one another. Keeping this in mind, it’s no surprise that some people go their entire life dealing with extreme stomach issues while never seeking a remedy or knowing the cause of them. One of the most common causes of stomach pain that people tend to just ignore is anxiety. We’re sure you can remember being a child and complaining of a tummy-ache, to which your parents would respond by asking you if there was something that was worrying you. This is because your parents were likely familiar with the negative effects stress can have on your digestive tract.

It is a well-known fact in the medical community that human emotion can play a huge role in provoking negative physical responses in the body. Just about anything that causes your heart rate to speed up can manifest itself in physical symptoms.

Symptoms of Anxiety-Spawned Stomach Pain

When you have an upset stomach that is caused by anxiety, it is likely that you will experience the following symptoms, particularly if your stomach is relatively sensitive:

  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Ingestion
  • Gas/Bloating

What To Do When You Discover Your Symptoms Flare Up At Times Of Stress

When you begin to notice that your stomach issues are occurring almost exclusively during times you are experiencing stress or anxiety, it is important that you speak with your gastroenterologist sooner rather than later. Your doctor will be able to determine whether you are right about the cause of your stomach problems or if there is actually an underlying issue that is causing them.

What Might Your Doctor Suggest?

If your doctor discovers that it is your anxiety is having a negative effect on your digestive system, he/she will likely suggest you do one or more of the following:

  1. Change your diet: Eating healthier and more well-balanced meals can help to make your overall healthier which in turn can actually lessen the amount of anxiety you feel on a daily basis.
  2. Exercise: When you move your body, it is proven that your stress levels dissipate. Experience less stress by participating in some sort of physical activity throughout the day.
  3. Do breathing exercises: Breathing in slowly and deeply can cause you to relax. Doing this will allow for you to stop fixating on the things that are causing your anxiety.
  4. Make a list of the things that are bothering you: Often when we write out our worries, they don’t seem to be as looming as we once considered them to be. Organizing your thoughts will likely make you feel less uptight about the many responsibilities and problems you think about throughout the day.

Come See A Specialist Today

If you think that your anxiety is causing you to experience stomach issues but you do not have a gastroenterologist to see, you should stop into West Gastro in Los Angeles today. We can uncover the true cause behind your stomach pain or discomfort. Call for an appointment right now!

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