Studies have shown that your emotions have a huge influence on every aspect of your body, including your digestive system. The responses can be pretty intense sometimes if you are under stress, causing acute abdominal pain. It can result in stomach aches, nausea, vomiting, bloated feeling, flatulence and even diarrhea.
If you experience frequent abdominal pain, you need to check with your doctor to see if it could be the sign of an underlying medical condition. In case you do not have any medical condition that may cause abdominal pain, you will need to analyze your reaction to stressors. When you are sure your pain stem from anxiety, there are measures you can take to control it.
Many people choose to go through therapy. That is a good choice, but not the only one. In fact, you can absolutely learn to manage stress on your own. Here are some tips to help you ease your emotions:
- Take a deep breath, then let the air out slowly. Do it until you calm down.
- Try exercising or meditation.
- Do something pleasant to distract your mind.
- Talk to your friend or family.
- Plan on how you will handle your problem, step by step.
- Adopt a healthy diet.
- Get plenty of rest.
If you are already in pain, you can try to relieve it by:
- Stay hydrated, especially if your pain causes you to vomit.
- Go for home remedies with soothing effects peppermint or ginger tea.
- Take medications if your condition gets worse, but remember to consult with your doctor first.
- Stay away from strong odors such as smoke or perfumes because they will make your stomach even sicker.
On the other hand, you should know when to go to see a doctor. If you have a vague, nagging abdominal pain, without any other physical symptoms, for over 2 weeks, go to the hospital for a check is a necessary thing to do.
Abdominal pain from stress may be very annoying. Fortunately, they do not usually require treatment. The cure lies in your lifestyle itself. Good management of stress will probably reduce your chance of getting abdominal pain. You may also learn to detect what trigger the stress and try to avoid it if possible. A change in lifestyle helps, too since people with a healthy lifestyle have less stress.
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Review Date: September 28, 2016 | Last Modified: December 6, 2019
Anxiety, Stress, and Stomachaches. http://www.webmd.com/parenting/features/anxiety-stress-and-stomachaches#1 Assessed September 18, 2016
Why stress may cause abdominal pain, from the Harvard Mental Health Letter. http://www.health.harvard.edu/press_releases/why-stress-may-cause-abdominal-pain Assessed September 18, 2016