What's the medical problem that's not resolved? My anxiety started getting bad when I had a medical problem that I thought wasn't resolved when it actually was. It took so long to diagnose, though, that I started getting really bad anxiety issues (atypical panic attacks) that sound not unlike yours. I had bloating, nausea, a total loss of appetite, etc. And when you don't eat, of course your stomach's not going to feel comfortable and that WILL add to your anxiety. It becomes something of a vicious circle. Those were some bad days. At the beginning of it I went through a two month period in which I could only eat saltine crackers and lost 40 pounds during that time.
I think what Harry says is true, but the problem is it's almost impossible to ignore nausea. Well, at least for me it was. Sure, I can ignore mild nausea but anything more than that and it's pretty much un-ignorable. Other than your brain, that's the core of your body right there.
Anyway, what Ali says mirrored what my doctor finally said to me: There are a LOT of nerves in the stomach/GI system and anxiety loves to make a home there. They finally stopped running tests on my GI tract and eventually I was treated for anxiety/panic. I haven't had a really bad stomach episode since. I've had some minor episodes but they've been pretty easy to talk myself out of, and by that I mean once I could clear my mind my stomach would feel better. I didn't ignore it, exactly...I just tell myself that it's anxiety and the discomfort quickly - or sometimes gradually - disappears.
Since I'm not sure what your unresolved problem is (and since I'm not a doctor), I don't know what to tell you. You may consider asking your doctor for an anxiety med and see what he says. My lay opinion would be that decreasing your anxiety level would help your stomach problem at least a little, and if your "unresolved" issue isn't stomach related it may actually help you a lot.
Post Edited (debaser) : 4/15/2007 12:16:05 PM (GMT-6)