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Unread 01-10-2012, 09:33 PM   #1
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I've had nervous stomach since I was in my teens. It's come back, in disguise. It affects my worry, anxiety, feeling troubled, feeling stressed out,... I am also bipolar and experience regular anxiety from depression. How many of you have nervous stomach, and how do you effectively treat it?
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Unread 01-11-2012, 12:02 AM   #2
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I've been diagnosed with IBS. I can't figure out if it's stress-related or just some malfunction of my intestines. I take klonopin for anxiety and I still have problems. I usually just take Pepto-Bismol. A prescription drug for it didn't seem to do much but make me drowsy.

Have you tried relaxation techniques and cognitive-behavioral therapy (working on thinking processes)? I do them, but I still get IBS. Some folks say it can be part of fibromyalgia, which I have.....

I know my son gets lots of stomach aches, etc. He's 20. I think his stress hits that part of his body, and mine, too, sometimes, I do think.

I don't know if I've really answered your question, but I tried.....
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I've had nervous stomach since I was in my teens. It's come back, in disguise. It affects my worry, anxiety, feeling troubled, feeling stressed out,... I am also bipolar and experience regular anxiety from depression. How many of you have nervous stomach, and how do you effectively treat it?
IBS can present with abdominal cramping, constipation, diarrhea or combination of all of the above. There are different ways to address each. Dicyclomine is a antispasmodic medication that many people with ibs find helpful for intestinal cramping. Metamucil can be helpful for both constipation and diarrhea. Most people know that metamucil is useful for relieving constipation but it turns out it is also useful for diarrhea because it acts as a bulking agent for loose stools. Lifestyle strategies are also important. Exercise, proper sleep, and avoiding dietary triggers such as caffeine, dairy, spicy foods, greasy foods, alcohol, etc. Adjusting psychiatric medications to better treat underlying anxiety or depression can also be helpful.
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I have ibs x 100. I went to gi doc and he rx'd me amitza.
It works, but it's expensive. 30 pills cost me $45 with ins, $200 something without!!!
Thankfully he gave me 6 months of samples.

Anyways I won't go for weeks. It turned out for a month one time and sometimes it's opposite. When I don't go I take those pills for a couple days and boom! Back on track (till next time :/).

I can feel the pill working on day 2 or 3 cause I stRt getting cramps and pain kind of similar to beg labor pains lol. I actually need to go back to gi doc and follow up....I been too busy trying to fix my head everything is falling on the back burner!
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I've had nervous stomach since I was in my teens. It's come back, in disguise. It affects my worry, anxiety, feeling troubled, feeling stressed out,... I am also bipolar and experience regular anxiety from depression. How many of you have nervous stomach, and how do you effectively treat it?
I have a nervous stomach as well. The dr dx me with IBS but figured it wasn't it since if I go to the bathroom my stomach would hurt worse at times. When I get stressed & anxious it affects my stomach. My abdomen always seem to hurt. I don't have any treatment for it...just kinda deal with it. I go to this free clinic on Sunday & will mention it to see if I can get some kind of help because lately my stomach has been hurting worse.
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I try not to think about my tummy issues. Diarrhea sucks so i try not to stress or it will get worse.


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I used to have it real bad, I had my medication adjusted and things changed also I eat lots and lots of yogurt and no fried foods!
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I find peppermint tea is best for my IBS I get 2 sorts. Nervous/stressed IBS results in bathroom visits, food related IBS is bloating and cramp, peppermint tea fixes the food related IBS almost instantly but takes longer to settle an anxious stomach.
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I have both anxiety issues and IBS. For my IBS, I have to avoid all dairy products, all high fiber products, all deep fried foods and most acidic foods. If I watch my diet, I am fine. I find that exercise helps treat both my IBS and anxiety. My favorites are long walks, cycling and weight training. I don't do these exercises competitively because that would cause stress. Listening to relaxing music is also a treatment that works well for me.
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I used to have IBS. I'm sure when I look back on it it was all due to anxiety.
I never took any medicine for it I just put up with it.
I don't have it anymore because I take several medicines now that cause constipation. I have to drink coffee now to help me go to the bathroom. I also try to drink more water. When I had IBS I wouldn't drink too much fluids before I went somewhere. I also wouldn't eat before I went out.
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