can stress cause?

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can stress cause indigestion problems? since i’ve had severe anxiety and stress i have literally had so many symptoms! symptoms which convince me i’ve got something physically wrong but i’ve had numerous tests from ekgs, urine test, stool test, blood tests to check all my organs, full blood count blood test, examined physically by doctors which all have come back normal and healthy. however i am still not convinced because of all the symptoms i am experiencing! it’s axtually crazy! my main ones at the monent are constant stomach pain in top left abdomen like a burning, sharp or dull pain almost after everything i eat! sometimes pain in my back too and my chest also a lot of burps and trapped burps! like massive ones and hiccups all the time too! could it be a hernia or stomach ulcer? or could this all be caused by stress? anybody with stress experienced anything similar? 

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    Jak I think I have spoken to you before, you said you didn't want to take your anti depressants prescribed to you? If so you seriously need to take them for your anxiety or you will end up having a breakdown like me. There is only so much stress your body can take before it breaks. Please take my advice and get well soon x

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      hi verity yes you did reply to me before! i guess i’m just seeking reassurance because of my obsession which i know feeds it but it’s so hard not to! especially past couple of weeks my heart beat and pulse feels so weird too! like one minutes it’s hard and fast then hard and slow then normal and feint then normal then palpitations etc etc! thinking i’ve got heart disease again it’s driving me mad lol i will take the pills but i go to the gym often and like to stay in shape and i have heard that they make you gain weight is that true? 
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    Hi Jak

    I wonder whether you have IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome) which can be triggered by stress and also certain foods. 

    It’s maybe worth looking into or speaking to your GP about. 

    Antidepressants may help with the stress and anxiety but you also need to get to the root cause and find a way of managing it through counseling like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) which can really help. Don’t just rely on the medication- get some therapy so you can manage the stress/anxiety too. 

    Good luck x

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      hi claire, 

      yea the doctors have already said ibs but i know i suffer with health anxiety so i’m always thinking they are wrong and it’s something else but i though ibs was just bowel and belly? not the actual stomach itself and reflux, hiccups and burping? or is that common amongst ibs too? 

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    I have IBS that's how it all started for me I constantly needed the toilet so didn't want to leave the house long journeys etc. Anti depressants do make you put weight on but only because they make you "happier" so you comfort eat but depends what you put in your mouth. Anti depressants also help a lot with IBS. I agree with above comment you need cbs. But there is a waiting list and from the sounds of it you are not coping it fixes the imbalance in the brain that you don't have. They should be no shame in taking them. You need help and this is the first step. What would you prefer gaining a bit of extra weight that you would be able to work harder in the gym for . Or living a life of constant worry. Anti depressants saved my life 😁 xx

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    Stress is the number one killer get it under control. You might want to see a shrink for your mental health which is just as important as physical health. They can give you meds to calm down before you have a stoke. I went through this last year and had terrible chest pain and my back was killing me. I would keep a close watch on your symptoms

    I got rid of the stress and feel much better.

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