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#1 Red Dragon

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 10:27 PM

I've come to think that these extremely painful abdominal episodes which last for many hours must be stress related.
It feels like my internals have shut down. Anybody else ever had this problem and did you find a treatment.
I cant be the only one??? HELP?!!! :( I'm on Zoloft and Klonopin. The abdominal pain comes without warning. No trigger foods. If the doctors don't know what it is, they just say I.B.S. = It's. bull. shit. if it is ibs are there any steps/meds I can take to treat this? Also nauseous quit often..

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 11:21 PM

(((red dragon)))

I have IBS and it IS treatable - not saying this is what you have. It could certainly be anxiety related. Have you been going through a lot of stress lately?

My only suggestions are taking an antacid or something for stomach pain. Try to stay away from heavy foods like dairy and fat for a little while as it might irritate you more (and if its IBS it will definitely irritate you!) Just general suggestions that might relieve the pain.

My stomach does act up when I'm anxious - not usually abdominal though.

Hope things get better and you figure out what's causing the pain soon! I'm sending my best wishes your way! :?:

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 11:29 PM

Serotonin is the most common modulator of the functioning of the stomach and intestines. This is why gastrointestinal disorders are the most common side effects of anti-depressants. I always take my SSRI with food.

Your's may be totally anxiety related, I really have no idea. It's also unfortunate that your doc won't take you seriously.

If all else fails, throw up on his/her shoes.

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 12:21 AM

What treatments are there for ibs? / I take my meds with food too. (Doc's shoes lol)

I think that my problem is stress/anxiety, causing me to clench up my stomach/Abdomin.
It's so PAINFUL!!! It has ruined my life and is still working on what little bit of life I have left in me.
Anybody else have my problem?

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Posted 17 January 2009 - 02:32 AM

What treatments are there for ibs? / I take my meds with food too. (Doc's shoes lol)

I think that my problem is stress/anxiety, causing me to clench up my stomach/Abdomin.
It's so PAINFUL!!! It has ruined my life and is still working on what little bit of life I have left in me.
Anybody else have my problem?


My IBS is often triggered by anxiety and stress. When I worry my stomach gets all tied up in knots and I have very severe abdominal pain, among other stomach problems. When I am anxious I tense up/clench all my muscles, especially those in my abdomen. And since the same brain chemicals cause depression, are associated with digestive functions, and cause the abdominal/stomach related antidepressant side effects, those things would all tie in to each other and occur together. I just had my worst IBS episode the week of Christmas, when I was under the most stress I've been under I think in my life(retail at Christmas, what was I thinking?) and the episode just ended on January 9th. Definitely anxiety and stress is at least partially causing the problem.

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Posted 17 January 2009 - 07:45 PM

I too have problems around stress and my abdomen, etc. Its bad at the moment, and I am scared to go out in case I have to run to the toilet. I am in the cramping and going phase. Bloody hate it.

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Posted 18 January 2009 - 08:38 AM

maybe you should see another doc, get another opinion. if you are still having the anxiety attacks to this degree, your meds arent doing the job to control or prevent them. have you thought of other medication options? i have had about every symptom of anxiety attacks, dry heaves, i tend to get the tenseness in the muscles but more so in my neck and face thab stomach though which cause terrible headaches. ive tried many things to combat the anxiety attacks. benzos dont help me much, put me to sleep i wake up more irritated than i was. ive been using clomipramine, an older tricyclic med for the anxiety. it can be combined with an ssri if needed and is cheap medication to purchase. its been the best thing to stop the attacks once they start. i dont know about meds for ibs treatments but i have read that aloe vera juice is very good for the digestive tract. you may want to read up on that. its pretty cheap, i buy mine at walmart and take about a 4 oz cup a day. i know coping with that can be quite a problem as well. good luck to ya.

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Posted 20 January 2009 - 02:17 AM

I don't have anything to add to what's been said already...just want you to know my thoughts are with you and I hope you feel better :hug:

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Posted 15 July 2009 - 10:39 AM

have had unexplained abdo pain for years, lots of tests, nothing come up, doctors prescribed PPI's (somac, nexium, pariet) which do nothing, get sick of taking heaps of pill with no real relif, am a beer drinker, have found recently, by giving up tap beer, and only drinking bottled beer, (possible allergic reaction to gas in tap beer), symptoms have been reduced but anxiety and stress, with a 15yr old son, do aggravate the symptoms, have now resorted to herbal remedies, tried aloe vera juice, degas (simethecone) by the thousands, of $$$,and have recently found, consuming GINGER root tea (homemade) and ginger powder to be of a benefit (slighlty, but tastes like shit but heaps of sugar makes a difference :lol: ), waiting for, i think, an unessecary endoscopy which specialist has requested, do think i need a new doctor, doctors definitly dont understand or care, actually starting to think it could be H Pylori treated with nexium and anti-biotics H Pylori Description
if interested also google Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, there are symptom similarities. if you read too much into it all it can spook you out

this has all been a process of elimination without doctors help,
Does anyone have similar problems

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Posted 10 August 2011 - 12:49 AM

Wow, I thought I was the only one! I have experienced the same mysterious "attacks" for about nine years now. The absolute most Painful thing I have ever felt!

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 01:43 AM

For anyone with uncontrollable "D", I would suggest getting tested for c-diff.

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 04:17 PM

I've gotten that my whole life.

 

I get the worst gas that the world has ever known to the point that my stomach feels like it's eating itself. Mine is definitely stress related. 

 

It  was at it's worse when I was 12 or so. My mom used to send me off on a school bus every Wednesday to some church cities over and I had to ride for an hour plus with screaming people who all made fun of or hated me. I dreaded Wednesdays  Now it only happens if I'm in a large crowd for too long.

 

Funnily enough...it never happens when I'm a a concert. 



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Posted 08 April 2013 - 08:41 PM

Well mostly abdominal pain due to the poor eating routine and eating junk food carelessly.. But dear don't be worried about that you have to deal it with great patience because you need to proper medication.... and please don't leave this treatment uncompleted.