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belly warm phobia

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homebythesea

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I guess I have a mild phobia regarding feeling the stomach area too hot. I wonder if that one has been catalogued and has a proper name.

Since I was a kid, I used to feel too much heat on the area between the chest and the belly button. I think there’s even a photo of me, 5 years old, sleeping with my belly uncovered. Back then it was only a physical sensation, I don’t recall feeling fear or anything like it.

When I was a kid, my bed was about fifteen inches from the closet, and one of my older siblings sometimes teased me and cornered me in that gap between the bed and the closet, so to my left there was the closet, to my right the bed, and above there were my brother, blocking my exit. I'd probably stayed in a space of 15 cubic inches. I felt the heat, screamed and he would stop not much after. Nothing too serious. I don't blame my brother for this, we're best friends, and in my judgement he was not old enough to know better. It started like a joke, and after a while my brother noticed there was a problem and even thought that keep doing this from time to time might help me overcome it. Bad decision, but again I don’t blame him, I was 5 or 6, and he was 13 or 14.

Well, some 30 years after, during a difficult time in my life, that warm sensation came back as a night fear. I would wake up with that, hyperventilating and feeling some mild panic. At that time, I might have had a mild apnea as well. My life situation back then and the physical sensation would be somehow the same. Bad thoughts would also appear, like feeling my life was a failure, and having some strange thoughts about infinity and eternity, as if something had been lost in time forever.

After that period, the warm sensation on the stomach was always a mild to not so mild worry to me. It has never left me. I am again in not such good times, so it’s annoying me more than usual again. I feel it specially in colder days, when there’s a lot of blankets being used. It has nothing to do with weather heat, I don’t feel it during the summer.

It affects my life as a husband, as I just cannot sleep spooning my wife. If I stay like that, no matter how cold is the night, in 60 seconds I’ll feel like running.

Most of the time I have to sleep on my back, pijama partially up. I can sleep on my side, but there might be issues. I loved sleeping on my stomach, but for more than 10 years I don’t dare to do it.

I am not sure, but I would guess that this phobia resembles a bit claustrophoby. But i’m not sure if that makes sense. There’s a imprisoning feeling to it.

Has this phobia been catalogued?
If it hasn’t, an uncatalogued phobia is harder to be dealt with (considering treatment) than a well known one?
 
Lunar Lady

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Hi Homebythesea

Not heard of this........you seem to describe it more as a warmth rather than internal burning but I would still get it checked out by the GP.

Had a bit of a google and there seems to be an online thread with lots of people describing similar symptoms.

HEAT FEELING INSIDE BODY AROUND WAISTLINE/STOMACH | Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases (COPD) discussions | Body & Health Conditions center | SteadyHealth.com

Why Does My Stomach Burn? Causes and Treatments

Chat with your GP - this could be an important marker for an undiagnosed condition.

Would it be worth getting one of these cooling pads just to stay comfortable at night in the meantime?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cooling-Orthopedic-Mattress-Topper-Pillow/dp/B073FYYPPG/ref=asc_df_B073FYYPPG/?tag=googshopuk-21&linkCode=df0&hvadid=340043329878&hvpos=1o3&hvnetw=g&hvrand=4241448262302043677&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9046111&hvtargid=pla-701588459257&psc=1
 
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Thanks a lot Lunar Lady!
Yes, it's more like a warmth rather than internal burning. As if there was a soft "oven" inside my belly. When I was a kid it was just that, so I would lift the lower part of my T-shirt and would sleep well. When I was in my '30s, it started to had psychological tints, some anguish, some relation to life situation, failures, and so on.
 
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To be honest, I always sleep with one foot on top of the covers.

I can't give you a rational explanation but it's become an ingrained behaviour and I'm not comfortable or relaxed unless I do :confused:

Complex creatures, us humans....
 
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