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Upset Stomach Anxiety - anyone else experience this?

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Hi, I stumbled across this forum during a google search about having upset stomach anxiety - I have never heard anyone else speak about it and I struggle to think I could be the only one who suffers with this.

Long story short, I have generalised anxiety and I am on anti-depressants for this at present but well before being told I have anxiety I have always had issues with my stomach but there is no rhyme or reason. I used to take really bad stomachs a few years ago due to potentially having lactose intolerance and I was given Amytripyline to combat the cramping when I would have a sore stomach and it does okay up until now but I feel like I am almost back to square one. It feels like it could be just my anxiety causing me to be so anxious that it upsets my stomach (I am never sick with it, its just the other delightful part).

For as long as I can remember, I have had a fear of being out somewhere other than my home or other places I am comfortable (certain friends/families house) and ending up with an upset stomach alongside the cramps, sweats, light headedness etc. It isn't down to anything I am eating at all it can come out of nowhere and I think its just excess anxiety with nowhere to go.

However, this is causing me to limit what I do in my normal, I will cancel plans/not attend places if I don't feel comfortable being able to tell the company that I am in that I need to go to the bathroom (hypothetically, I go through all of the possibilities before I even get anywhere). I am on loperamide from the doctor alongside my anti-depressant as I used to take Imodium as a precaution every single morning before my work - knowing I would be okay but in my head if I had the Imodium in my system my stomach would be okay all day, the doctor was happy to prescribe this as I told them it was almost like a "compulsion" that I had to take Imodium before leaving the house or I would have an upset stomach. I do full body mental scans in my head to make sure I don't feel any slight cramps or pains in my stomach that could potentially lead to having an upset. This sounds mad as I am writing this all down but it's even worse living with it.

I am really driving myself up the wall with it, I am perfectly fine if I am in my house or in the house of people I am comfortable enough around to admit if I needed to go to the toilet. I do believe that the more I am obsessing over the fact I could POTENTIALLY have a upset and sore stomach, the more it makes me anxious, which is obviously going to lead to the inevitable.

I do think I may have some form of health anxiety, but it is all revolved around having a sore stomach, upset stomach, cramps and all the great things that follow. I just really wanted to know if there was anyone else that experiences this, or has any helpful advice on how to tackle this head on? I am 22 and I love life otherwise, but I feel like I'm wasting so much of my life worrying about my stomach every day and what could happen, even though 95% of the time it never happens.

Thanks for reading this long post, I have typed and retyped numerous things because I can't help but think it doesn't make sense when it's written down. Any help is so appreciated - thank you!
 
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Hi and welcome,

No worries, it makes sense. Your symptoms are valid, IBS both can be the cause and the result of your anxiety. I belive if something causes you discomfort, then there is a problem and you should not be dismissed with just meds. Do you see a therapist for this anxiety?
 
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