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Date Joined Jun 2007
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   Posted 9/15/2007 4:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I wanted to just ask a silly question.  Does anyone's anxiety ever make them feel like they have abdominal pressure that effects their breathing?  This is a fairly common occurance for me when I'm anxious but I always have trouble deciding whether I feel the pressure because I'm anxious or if I'm anxious because I feel the pressure...
I had an abdominal CT a year ago and it was fine.  I'm also convincing myself that I have colon/rectal cancer because I'm having narrow stools and lots of gas. I have been told that I have IBS... does anyone else have problems with their tummy when they are anxious?

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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 9/15/2007 6:01 PM (GMT -6)   

Dear Liz,

Hi, this is Kitt.  Lots of members experience shortness of breath when anxious and IBS frquently goes along with anxiety. I am sure if you read through some of the posts you will see many topics re symptoms.

Also the IBS Forum is a great forum for information too.

Keep posting and we will support you. :)

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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 9/15/2007 8:39 PM (GMT -6)   
   The symptoms you mention are very common when it comes to anxiety.  I once became very worried about having an upcoming physical - and low and behold I began to have abdominal pain.  The pain confirmed my worry and justified my anxiety - I was sure that I had cancer.  The anxiety helped sustain the pain in my gut which fed my anxiety and on and on.  I had a bunch of tests before a specialist decided that the abdominal discomfort was the result of colon spasms - and a symptom of the anxiety I felt.
   Our bodies weren't meant to stay in a state of high arousal for long periods of time.  The body's automatic reaction to perceived danger is swift and intense.  Think about the last time something startled you - or you had a nightmare.  For the digestion process to function, lot's of things have to work just so - with just the right mixture of the right chemicals.  When you're in the midst of real or perceived danger, the importance of the digestion of your latest meal is preempted by the "fight or flight" response.  Stay in this state for an extended period and you'll have an assorted array of symptoms and sensations - including fever like chills, gas, diarrhea, constipation, loss of appetite, GERD, insomnia, vision dysfunction, muscle tension head aches, heart palpitations, etc...the list is long.
   That doesn't mean you can attribute every ache and pain to anxiety.  Let your doctor help you sort that out.  When your left arm goes numb accompanied by chest pain, get to a hospital - don't turn to CBT and try to talk yourself through it.
   Welcome to the anxiety club.  :  )

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Date Joined Jun 2007
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   Posted 9/15/2007 8:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks you guys, sometimes I need to hear that there are rational reasons for my irrational fears :)
Have a great night!!!

at wit's end
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Date Joined Jun 2007
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   Posted 9/16/2007 7:57 AM (GMT -6)   
I haven't been on here much in a good while. Now I'm all anxious and nervous again. Had gotten somewhat better. Had made myself quit thinking I had things wrong with my heart, etc, whatever. Now that is all back, just over the past couple of weeks. Went on vacation. Had a bad day the first Saturday as I started experiencing more tightening and tightening in my chest climbing these steps on this battleship we went on, after consuming a soda. Big mistake. Took two days to get over that, then felt great totally until this past week. Now my chest is tight again, tense in my back again. Worrying about whether there is something wrong with my heart again. If I don't get this stress and anxiety back under control there will be. I read you can develop angina from stress, and that also thyroid conditions can cause heart disease in women. I need to make sure that my gyno has mine checked when I go back in December. I've had to many things since January that put me in this state for so long term and then when my pooch got sick in March and died in April it extended into long term anxiety and stress after that. I know people remember me. My chest feels very stressed again. How likely is it for someone to develop permanent heart disease from stress and anxiety or heart disease from a thyroid condition if they had it? Thanks.
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