Has anyone else had unexplained SEVERE abdominal pain caused by depression?

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my partner is suffering from un-diagnosed Abdo pain for over a year now.

they say they think its IBS however its not a clear answer for us.

does anyone else go though this?



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    Hi Lisa.  Being stressed or depressed can really affect the digestive system so it's certainly possible it's IBS, which causes the gut to go into spasm particular after eating certain types of food.  Anti spasmodic meds such as Colefac or Buscopan can help as well as seeing if its possible to identify triggers (ie emotional factors or certain foodstuffs).  It's also possible that it could be related to diverticular disease - another problem caused by stress and/or dietary circumstances.  Depression is stressful and stress causes the body to produce unwanted hormones such as higher levels of cortisol (adrenal gland over activity) well known as a contributory factor in unwanted weight gain as it can disrupt the body's response to hunger etc.  If your partner is taking medication for depression or stress, those medications themselves can sometimes cause digestive side effects.  All worth exploring.  If they have had the problem for a year and tests haven't discovered anything more serious, you can at least relax a little that it's not life threatening although it's very uncomfortable.  Hope that helps.
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    My GP has sent me for a Endoscopy to check my stomach and gut, as I have had abdo pain. I have to be careful as last October I had issue with Kidneys and sepsis so yes al sort of things can happen
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