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Anxiety Tips, Questions, and News - March 28, 2007

Marilyn Folk BScN medical reviewer
Written by: Jim Folk.
Medically reviewed by: Marilyn Folk, BScN.
Last updated: April 3, 2019

QUESTION: Can anxiety cause stomach problems?

Yes, anxiety can cause stomach problems and symptoms. In fact, stomach distress is a very common symptom of anxiety.

Stomach distress can present itself in a variety of ways, such as nausea, bloating, tightness, diarrhea, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), and muscle cramping, to name a few.

Eating smaller more frequent meals and drinking plenty of water can help to reduce these symptoms, but the best strategies for long-term relief is to apply physiological strategies to reduce hormone overstimulation (as listed in the members area of our web site in Chapter Four) and addressing the underlying factors associated with your anxiety.

Once done, as with all anxiety related symptoms, the body will have no need to send symptoms and therefore they will diminish over time and eventually disappear.

For more information on stomach related symptoms, members can visit the “Frequent Questions,” “All About Symptoms,” Chapter Three, and Chapter Four sections in the Recovery Support area.

Have a great week.

For more information about anxiety symptoms, see our Anxiety Symptoms section.


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