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at wit's end
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   Posted 7/21/2007 8:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Does anyone else on here experience the symptoms of a knotted feeling in their abdomen or a problem with belching when their anxiety flares up? Or their stress I should say. Mine does. I was fine all yesterday evening until my husband and I got into it on the phone last night when he called from work. Immediately I started getting the tightening up in my abdomen. And it goes to my back, you can feel a tightness in my back muscles right in line with the tightness in my upper gut. And because I went to bed with it last night, I was immediately tense in the same spots this morning as I woke up thinking about things from the night before. Thanks.
 


oakley
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   Posted 7/21/2007 9:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there
Good morning....Yes I have had those same symptoms....I wonder if you have a bit of gerd,or acid reflux, you know? I think alot of what you describe is stress induced tension, especially in your back. When something stresses me I get tense. May I offer a suggestion for the next time....close your eyes and say    " Jesus , I give this moment to you, I need your strength...With you nothing is impossible. Take the fear out of me.
Amen               Do come to the chat rooms...lots of love there, lots of hope and peace. Annie
 

stkitt
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   Posted 7/21/2007 10:14 AM (GMT -7)   

Good Afternon,

Many of our members get the abdominal symptoms and GERD is another problem that a lot of our members have including myself.

I am on Prilosec twice daily and that has worked wonders for the Gerd.  Also I never eat after 8 PM if I can help it.  Ice Cream in the evening is a huge no for me.

If you continue to have the stomach problem, you may want to have it evaluated by a physician.

Gentle Hugs for you. Stay with us and keep posting.:)


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at wit's end
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   Posted 7/21/2007 11:40 AM (GMT -7)   
oakley said...
Hi there
Good morning....Yes I have had those same symptoms....I wonder if you have a bit of gerd,or acid reflux, you know? I think alot of what you describe is stress induced tension, especially in your back. When something stresses me I get tense. May I offer a suggestion for the next time....close your eyes and say    " Jesus , I give this moment to you, I need your strength...With you nothing is impossible. Take the fear out of me.
Amen               Do come to the chat rooms...lots of love there, lots of hope and peace. Annie
 
Hi oakley, I think mine is something other than reflux related as I am always feeling alot of gas in my upper abdomen, not to mention being able to hear it not only with a stethoscope but hear it audibly without also, and when I belch the pressure is gone. These gastro doctors fail to make note that gas in the upper abdomen comes out through belches, not the other direction. I am on protonix 40mg daily. I will get on the chat later this evening. Is the chat by category like the forum??? Thanks. Lisa

Post Edited (at wit's end) : 8/4/2007 9:33:16 PM (GMT-6)


stkitt
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   Posted 7/21/2007 11:54 AM (GMT -7)   

Lisa,

Well if your on Protonix and the Zantac, that should cover GERD if you have it. Your right depending where the gas is will dterminate where it escapes from.

If you look to the right under forum links you  will see Chat schedules, click on that and the calendar comes up so you can see the chats and times. You can also access the chat at the top of this page right below search site is Chat in white letters on dark blue background. yeah

I wish you peace and hope you get to the root of your problem.

Bless you

Kitt

 



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Post Edited (stkitt) : 7/21/2007 12:57:23 PM (GMT-6)


at wit's end
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   Posted 7/22/2007 2:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I just saw a chat schedule for UC, Bipolar Disorder, Prostate issues, MS, and Lyme disease. None for Anxiety and Panic. sad
 


stkitt
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   Posted 7/22/2007 2:31 PM (GMT -7)   

Anxiety and panic members have not, to my knowledge, been big users of the chat forum but perhaps Lyn or AK will have more info re that subject.

If members showed an interest in having a scheduled chat I am sure it could be arranged.

We are glad your with us.


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debaser
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   Posted 7/22/2007 5:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I have the gas/belching problem in a big, big way. When I used to get panic attacks they weren't like most of the panic attacks you read about on here. What would happen is that my abdomen would bloat up as if I were a pregnant man! There'd be so much pressure in there I'd get very nauseated.

Piecing together what a couple of doctors told me, it seems that when a panic comes on the body diverts blood flow from the digestive tract and into the brain, limbs, and elsewhere. Fight or flight, you know. So I guess the gas just gets trapped in there and with your digestive tract shut down it just sits there and makes you uncomfortable.

I found that most of the time simethicone would help. That's Gas-X, basically. It's not really a drug, but a chemical that when ingested causes the gas to coalesce so that it may be expelled easier. A lot of antacids also contain simethicone. Once you get that going, if you're lucky you'll burp.

I also have GERD and gas is also a symptom of that. I was on Prevacid throughout the entire time I was having these panic attacks and it never helped much. When I started Klonopin, my GERD went away! It was really something. So naturally I quit taking the Prevacid and then the GERD came back (though not as bad as before). It seems I need both drugs to keep that under control. I very seldom have GERD problems anymore. I have to eat three bad meals in a day and just sit around to get it to act up.

It should be noted that there MAY be an interaction problem between Klonopin (should you decide to ask your doc about that) and H2 blockers (zantac, pepcid). PPI's like Prevacid, Nexium, etc. are safe. I think Protonix is a PPI but I'm not sure.
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at wit's end
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   Posted 7/22/2007 7:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Debaser, that is exactly what happens to me. My gas and digestive issues come on when I am highly anxious or stressed. My stomach stays in a knot from the gas and anxiety and stress and when the belching starts it is 4 or 5 times in a row. But the funny thing is that if I do have reflux from what? And reflux is where you belch acid up into your esophagus supposedly and I do not do that, never have but maybe one time. I eat no spice, no pizza, no chili, no tomatoes or spaghetti, no ketchup, I eat yogurt, salads, grilled chicken, don't even eat onions. I don't eat fried foods like french fries. I occasionally have a hamburger out but take the tomato off and wipe off as much of the ketchup as possible. I don't even eat barbecue. But one habit I have that is a bad one is the fact I know I eat too fast. And that causes people to swallow air which causes gas. I have tried slowing down my eating and have managed to some. But more of my symptoms occur when stressed and lately that has been a daily thing so it is hanging around a good bit, and this has been on and off for months. I am sure some people are sick of me on here and I probably cannot blame them. But I am finding that I worry and stress over the most minor of weird feelings. I need to get control of myself and get this back under control. I did once before, I can again.  
 


debaser
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   Posted 7/23/2007 7:14 AM (GMT -7)   
I cannot tell you what caused your GERD or whether you even have it or not. Eating too fast is bad, indeed, and that's something I'm often guilty of too since I regularly go long periods between meals.

Discussing "modified" or "atypical" panic attacks with your doctor may be a good idea.
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stkitt
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   Posted 7/23/2007 7:34 AM (GMT -7)   

Good Morning Liz,

I am glad you have found some good advice from Debaser.

I am just checking in to let you know we are here to support you.

Keep posting.


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brit-in-usa
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   Posted 5/18/2008 8:05 AM (GMT -7)   
I just found this forum ... thanks to all.
I have no idea what I have - except the usual Panic / Anxiety.
But my symptoms sound just like yours ... for no (evident) reason at all ... my nervous system kicks in (for fun - though it's NOT fun) and for anywhere from an hour to hours - I have this described KNOT in my abdomen - hard to tell if it's something being tied like a knot or bloating discomfort.
But the BELCHING ... OMG ... I can belch literally every 10 seconds ... non stop ... for hours. My kids think I am messing with them - rudely I might add. I keep telling them - Dad is not showing off!
I try all the OTC anti-gas meds - little use.
Eventually - and I do not like drugs - I take a PRN dose of Xanax. Seems to calm me down ... but I've had to increase the dose over the years from 0.25 to 1.25.
My girlfriends - one a time - have been GREAT - had nicknamed me "burpy" and "bubble butt" (even though it's strictly belching). But it's embarrassing. It always come on during apprehension anxiety - driving to a client - burp all the way in the car. Then get there and it (has to) stop.
The bit I don't get - the bloating feels abdominal - so why indeed is the flatulence NOT farting - why is it belching?
I'm in my early 50's (had it for 20 years - GAD MD thinks) and if there are any notes I can share with anyone here ... let me know.
Rob

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   Posted 5/18/2008 8:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Brit-In-USA,
 
First of all, welcome to Healing Well.  You have found a great community with members who are very caring towards one another and are very supportive.  Although we cannot give medical advice, we are always willing to give our personal experiences.
 
I too get the knot in the abdomin when stressed or very anxious and feel like it will never go away.  I however do not get the belching, gas problem with it - probably because I'm on meds for GERD, not sure about that one.
 
May I suggest that you start a new thread to introduce yourself to us, tell us about yourself and what sorts of problems you experience.  We are very happy that you have joined us and look forward to getting to know you better.
 
Take care,
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Littlea
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   Posted 10/12/2011 8:53 AM (GMT -7)   
I have noticed a direct correlation between stress / anxiety and digestive issues. If I have a big presentation my gut knots up and I belch a lot. If I have something very stressful like firing someone, I can get debilitating pains. The doctors thought I had a recurring bout of salmonella. My son had gotten salmonella and they thought it spread it to me. Turns out I was just freaked about my 6 month old being so sick. This however, was the first was indication that I have a condition between my head and gut.

I have to go see my GI doctor today. Been belching like crazy and my side is all knotted up again. Can't say I am too awful stressed though. Family is well and work is busy. Really don't think I have too much to be upset about. Maybe its these big projects I am working on. This being said, they are all going extremely well. In fact I am kind of ashamed I cant control my own anxiety.

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   Posted 10/12/2011 9:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Littlea and welcome! I am sorry that you are having anxiety/stomach issues. As you can see from our posts, it is a common problem and you are not alone!

One other reason for having gas build up that I don't think was mentioned here is air gulping! It may sound strange, but when a person is anxious, he/she may unknowingly over-breathe, and swallow air, which then builds in the stomach causing bloating and belching.

Please don't ever feel ashamed for not being in control of anxiety! It is just and issue that has to be addressed and treated, like any other health concern.

I encourage you to keep posting here with us...and even start your own thread of introduction here if you feel comfortable. (this is a rather old thread, and you may get more responses if you start a new one!)

Take care, and look forward to getting to know you better:)
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Carol57
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   Posted 4/19/2013 5:35 PM (GMT -7)   
My stomach knotted up 3 times a year ago, felt like pressure in my stomach and about knocked the wind out of me. It happened while driving and I felt like my head would explore, I was red faced and knew something was wrong. Drove to the dr, had an ekg, everything was fine, told it was panic attack. I didn't feel panicky at all, but had been under a lot of stress with my husbands job loss, my adult daughter divorcing and moving home with no job or money, and my son moving out. I also went through menopause, had knee and leg pain, couldn't find the right shoes...and my horse went lame. I couldn't ride my horse for stress relief, my husband went to north Dakota to try and find work, and I felt lonely and scared as I live outside of a small town in the middle of nowhere. My daughter has depression and can't drive due to health issues, my marriage was suffering, and I basically have had anxiety off and on for the past 10 months. I wondered if anyone else has had stomach knots like that that knock the wind out of you.

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   Posted 4/19/2013 5:50 PM (GMT -7)   
There's a very common saying (UK wise anyway)  "My heart is in my stomach" (referring to stressful sitiuations)
 
When my stomach becomes involved...the tightening, the knot in the stomach...it means I'm very anxious and stressed.
 
I don't actually think it helps to look into the why's.  I think we have to accept that this is just another symptom of raised anxiety, acknowledge that and move forward despite the symptoms...dealing with the false messages anxiety provokes and working past them.  Dealing with the anxiety (despite the symptoms) will show a reduction in the stomach problems.
 
I know it'sdifficult....but rarely are the physical sensations a real cause for concern
 
Jintie :)

Carol57
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   Posted 4/19/2013 6:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I have heard that saying, and for me it must be true. I am trying to focus on exercise for stress relief at my Drs suggestion. When I was younger my heart would pound. Now it's my stomach.

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   Posted 4/19/2013 6:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I use to get the football in my belly also, as I mentioned once before I take anything with Simethicone in it
seems to give relief in minutes. Peace!

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