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17 Jul 2005

Stomach ache - is it related to anxiety?
Hi, I sometimes find myself worrying excessively about the passed. Sometimes about what might have happened at that moment and at times about my future financial stability.

Can such worrying cause stomach problems?

If so, what should I do.

With previous cases of stomach aches (more of a burning sensation now, had severe cramps in the past with that), my doctor had me on antibiotics. There was odd occasions where she did pick up urinary infection though. Sometimes she said it was just stomach cramps. I had spastic colon about 2 years ago, and my stomach problems has not gone since that time. sometimes I am fine, other times I am not.
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

Hi Sonar,
Well, from this distance, I can't tell if it IS related to anxiety, but I know that it certainly CAN be related to anxiety.
Sadly, some of us get a bit misfocussed, worrying about the past ( which we cannot change-- w can only change what we chose to feel about the past, not what acually happened ) ; and worry about the future ( which hasn't got here yet ), rather than concentrating on the present. In the present, we can draw the best conclusions from the past and leave the rest of it behind, and can prepare to ensure that the future becomes as good as possible, while managing the present.
Stres, anxiety and worrying can cause a range of symptoms, and, by causing tension and cramp in any of te many muscles we have all over the body, they can cause pains of various types, including Spastic Colon. It could be well worth your while to see a good local psychologist for an assessment of your situation, and to learn techniques for relaxing whenever you need to, and for leading a more peaceful and calm life, which could relieve many of the symptoms you describe
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