Stomach Issues Shouldn’t be Linked Automatically to Anxiety, Stress

Stomach Issues Shouldn’t be Linked Automatically to Anxiety, Stress
Recently, a friend asked me to accompany her to an appointment with a new gastroenterologist. An internist diagnosed her with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) about a year ago, and since then she had been taking an over-the-counter medication that helped significantly. But her internist was concerned that she still needed the medication to feel okay.

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2 comments

  1. Maud says:

    Having lived with both UC and Crohn’s for over 15 years now, I can relate to the frustration you feel; it’s an extremely frustrating, unfair and socially debilitating illness. I don’t however agree with your statement that it isn’t stress related and we would somehow be weaker than people without IBD as we couldn’t control it…. I firmly believe that stress is very harmful and does make my stomach feel worse. Controlling stress, with mindfulness and meditation has made a massive difference for me. Together with altering my diet, my lifestyle change has changed my quality of life and the feelings of unfairness and anger have gone. That is the solution I think, rather than just relying on medicine to make you better, change your life. It is in your control to make your situation better, and a lot of it has to do with how your body (not your mind) deals with stress. Wishing you good health and positive thoughts!

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