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   Posted 8/17/2008 9:55 PM (GMT -6)   
My MD found on examing abdomen a hard edge on my stomach. C-T scan is negative for any tumors thankfully.
Has anyone with anxiety ever had this? I've been under a lot of stress for over a year.
Tomorrow I'm having a stomach emptying test. My diagnosis is that stress is causing this.
None of this has been a problem for me, except for loss of appetite and weight loss.

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   Posted 8/17/2008 11:19 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Korissa,

I've never heard of that specific condition "a hard edge"..but I know that my anxiety causes me ALL kinds of stomach woes. I hope your test goes well tomorrow. Stomach emptying eh? Sounds a bit unpleasant, but if it gets results it's worth it.

Have you been dx with IBS or anything specific or is it just deemed as a "stress" reaction? Let us know how you go.


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   Posted 8/17/2008 11:37 PM (GMT -6)   
What exactly is a hard edge? I do know that when I get all anxious my stomach hurts badly and I can sometimes make myslef really sick by just worrying. Hopefully your doctor will be able to give you some relief with a medicine or something. I hope it all goes well tommorow. Keep us posted. Love to you!
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   Posted 8/18/2008 7:20 AM (GMT -6)   
good luck with your test! Let us know how it turns out.
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   Posted 8/18/2008 6:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi.  I hope your test went okay.  I've had the stomach emptying test and it is not bad at all.  I suffer with a lot of stomach problems and my doctors have found gastritis and yeh, it is made much worse with anxiety.  My anxiety causes all kinds of other stomach problems as well.  Let us know how your test goes.  By the way, never heard of the "hard edge" thing you mention.

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   Posted 9/2/2008 6:07 AM (GMT -6)   
I suffer from IBD/Colitis and I know that stress definitely exacerbates it. Stress can cause constipation and many other horrible things. It is important to have a good support network and stay strong. I find that it really helps to talk about the obstacles I'm makes them seem a little less large and scary. It is also good to know that you're not alone, not that misery loves company but that there is someone else out there in the world that can relate to you. I think it's important to try to be as hopeful as you can be because we don't have any idea how long we have here on this earth so let's make the most of it...even through trying and what feels like unreasonable times. I'm sure that you'll be ok...try stress relievers...I'm thinking of taking up yoga myself. Good luck!

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   Posted 9/2/2008 7:56 AM (GMT -6)   


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   Posted 9/2/2008 8:19 AM (GMT -6)   
I haven't heard of "Hard Edge" either, but it sounds just like what I've felt in the pit of my stomach since I was a teenager,
I always referred to it as a "petrified log" in my stomach.  As far as anxiety causing stomach issues - abso-bloomin-lootly!
I've suffered from Colitis (years ago), GERD (still), IBS and a myriad of issues from the large colon to the top of the esophogus
which is all -- all related to stress.  The only way I've been able to handle it is some form of exercise (which right now is
exercising dogs) and "mindful breathing" which has helped immensely, not only with the stomach issues, but also with
chronic pain and anxiety.  I've found over the years that I hold my stress in my stomach and shoulders.  It causes pain in
my shoulders, but causes illness in my stomach/esophogus.  Oh, writing and speaking things I'm grateful for every day
is a big plus for me - turns me right around.

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   Posted 9/2/2008 8:28 AM (GMT -6)   
I actually stumbled upon the anxiety forum while scouring healingwell about IBD. I am practically convinced that my IBD is anxiety/panic induced and am addressing this. My mind/body connection is haywire right now! I think my outward appearance of keeping it together is actually manifesting in physical symptoms!

Good luck with your test.

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   Posted 9/2/2008 10:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi - I second...or is it tenth now (LOL) the anxiety/stomach connection.  I suffer from anxiety every morning prior to work, wake up with nausea and sometimes can't eat until 10am.  My intestines also flair.  Start getting blood in the BMs from inflammation and the 'roids also.  I used to have colitis - I used to have colitis, so I really have to watch how my anxiety level affects my health.  A panic attack in itself! 
I'm practicing meditation and trying to see the whole of my life instead of just the anxiety.  There are nice things I want to do in my life - I try to think about how if I let this anxiety Get to me, how that will affect hte rest of my life.  Trying to pull the reigns in on the anxiety.  Doesn't work sometimes, but its getting better.  I'm also in the middle of analyzing life to see Why I suffer from this.  Shouldn't be a normal thing people have to deal with - there has to be something I can change either in my life or how I look at and deal with it. 
Best wishes, K

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   Posted 9/2/2008 11:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I suffer with Crohns disease myself and anxiety always stirs things up in my guts something fierce. I have learned to take my Xanax at the first hint of anxiousness and I am able to stop it in its tracks within about an hour. Good luck and welcome to Healingwell.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.

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