Many gastrointestinal (GI) problems are closely linked to anxiety and stress. If you commonly experience a “nervous feeling” in your stomach, talk to your doctor about underlying issues that may be causing the problem.
“Irritable bowel syndrome is a condition that involves inflammation of the intestinal wall,” says Michael R. Freeman, MD, gastroenterologist at Saint Francis Medical Center. “It can cause diarrhea and abdominal pain and worsens in stressful situations.”
Another common GI problem is celiac disease, an autoimmune and digestive disorder in which a person cannot tolerate gluten, a protein found in rye, barley and wheat. Diarrhea, bloating, vomiting, constipation are all common symptoms.
“For these diseases and many others, it can be difficult to tell what is wrong,” Freeman says. “All you may know is that something does not feel right in your stomach. Your doctor can help you find answers.”
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