Anxiety symptoms after eating

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Hi.  I was wondering if anyone else has anxiety symptoms after eating.  

I have been diagnosed as having an anxiety disorder but I think more than that I have some sort of digestive disorder.  Often after eating my heart races, my stomach bloats and I sometimes feel a bit breathless.  This is enough to make anyone feel anxious smile  The doctors have always said there is no connection.  I have been experiencing this for many years and keep getting fobbed off by the medical world telling me that it is just anxiety.  

It has affected my life enormously, leading to becoming housebound for days, sometimes weeks on end.

 

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    I have the same exact thing going on. I can't figure it out. I have alot of foods I can't eat but the thing is I don't eat them. Dairy wheat and eggs. So I've always had digestive issues but lately 20 mins after I eat anything my breathing shallows and I start getting anxiety real bad. I hate having to take xanax but sometimes I just have to. I've been drinking breathe easy tea also which help a little bit. But not enough. I wish I knew a solution for us both but was just sharing that you are not alone. I've been dreading eating anything lately.

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    Sue, have you tried probiotics yet? If not give them a whirl, I have all these exact same symptoms and after my third visit to the docs, my doctor said to just try a probiotic drink. Ive been using for about a week and symptoms have definitely decreased. We'll see what happens after about a month. 

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    Hello...I have the exact same thing.  Dr.'s can't give me an explanation.  I was wondering if you ever found out anything.  Tammy

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    Need some advise, I suffer with anxiety unfortunately mine flares pain. Yesterday sat and eat a whole peperoni pizza and garlic break half hour later everything went mental, heart rate was 100 plus took hours to settle and yes back stomach. How can I help this, people mention pro biotics? I generally suffer with my stomach and even some tomato soup set it off a bit today. Thankyou 
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      What?   Your case is not anxiety, is your food.  Stop eating so much pizza and tomato.  Even Garlic!  Eat healthy and you will get better and this includes your anxiety.
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      I have GERD and they're getting to the bottom of it just now. I ate pizza the other day and was so sick! I've also been feeling sick with anxiety. I didnt understand it at first but there are definitely food triggers for me, and if the reflux is particularly bad (thankfully not that often for me) my heart goes nuts. It's a horrible feeling.

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    I also have that. It is digestive related to the Vagas nerve. Eat small frequent meals. Anxiety also plays a role in it too.

    I hope this helps 😊

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    My 18 year old daughter has been struggling with bizarre issues for a year and a half now, we're still chasing some down but have solved others.  She has had anxiety all her life (not particularly related to eating), finally saw a cardiologist who diagnosed Dysautonomia, which is malfunction of the autonomic nervous system (ANS).  His take (as he specializes with the heart) is that if the heart has a higher than normal resting rate, or an unpredictable resting rate, or an unpredictable reaction to something (like eating), it will cause fight/flight signals to the ANS which can then manifest as anxiety & panic attacks.  He prescribed a low dose of heart med called propranolol to stabilize her heart rate, and her anxiety totally went away.  She had been on Zoloft for anxiety and truly didn't need it any more.  Since then she's also been dianosed Celiac, her gallbladder needed to be removed (biliary dyskinesia), and now has anxiety which responds well to, of all things, Benedryl, so we're now looking into Histamine Intolerance, SIBO, etc. as well as trying an elimination diet.  The ANS doesn't fit neatly into the little boxes that MD specialists live in, not even neurologists, and I was surprised that those who know most about it are a few cardiologists.

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    I'm becoming more and more convinced that anxiety and panic attacks are not "all in our heads" but rather a conscious end result of the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) signalling to us that there is something not quite right with the digestive system and/or immune system and/or circulatory system.  When we noticed my daughter's anxiety totally melted away after a big dose of Benadryl, we started looking at histamines and are now looking at an emerging concept in the medical field called Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS).  She is now taking Zantac (not for acid reflux, but to control H2 histamines in the gut), and Claritin for H1 histamines.  She is also Celiac and we also discovered a soy allergy.  We still have more work to do but a lot of pieces are falling into place and she's starting to feel better, all without needing psych meds.  Also look into something called Dysautonomia, which is malfunctions in the ANS that can cause heart irregularities (and can bring on anxiety and panic attacks), a cardiologist familiar with Dysautonomia can help there.

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    Just had a similar experience just had bacon on toast then all of a sudden my hearts racing struggling to breath how strange not a nice feeling i was gonna drive to hospital but its calmed down now
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    I have just experienced this even though i do suffer with anxiety already and it did scare me i should be use to all the symptoms from anxiety but the sudden onset of a racing heart and feeling like u cant breath am just reassured that am not the only one feeling this thanks
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    I don't feel as though I get much anxiety after eating, but I do feel like I get really hot after eating. This has been an issue for me the past year or so. Do you ever feel hot, like sweaty hot? I hope you figure out the cause. My psychologist strongly believes that the gut can create anxiety - google the "gut brain".

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    I have similar problems. My take on it is, when you eat the body will need to use a lot of energy to disgest the food which puts a lot of stress on your body. Stress easily agrivates someones anxiety. Maybe try eating smaller portions, that`s at least something I will try to do. 
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