Stomach cramps / heartburn / anxiety?

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Hi all,

Just a quick summary. I have had stomach cramps and bloating issues for about 2 months now, about which I have made a separate post in the past. Long story short have seen a GP, had my bloods and urine tested and all came back clear. Was suggested it could be a diet thing so have experimented by cutting different foods out of my diet, and found that cutting our dairy products seemed to help. This helped for about 2 weeks and I felt close to pain free at that point. Now the pains have returned, but rather than this being in my lower stomach the majority of the pain is now heartburn and in my upper chest (mainly the right side). Bloating and being gassy has gotten less, although does still seem to occur from time to time. I also seem to have some symptoms of anxiety (i.e. feeling like I'm in panic mode when surrounded by loud noises, seeing fast-movement etc, which is something that I have never had before). Apart from that I feel like it is more difficult to breathe than normally and seem quite short of breath. Thinking of seeing the GP again tomorrow and see what else can be suggested.. but was wondering if anyone here has any clue? I'm not even sure if both issues are related at all, but my whole chest and stomach area have been a mess in the last two months. Any ideas or advice are greatly appreciated 😃.

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    Typical symptom of IBS. Try to relax your mind and do not think or analyze unnecessarily as this will disturb your mind and runs to your gut. When you relax do not think, just empty your mind. Anxiety is bad for gut for some people.

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    Have your bowel movements changed? Does the pain move about and does it come on when you are stressed? Have you done a food diary to see if any other foods are a problem other than dairy? Ask your doctor about IBS which can cause the symptoms you are having. I was diagnosed with IBS based on my anxiety. You may need other tests to rule out other causes.

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      I have had some bowel issues but no major issues I would say. The pain does move about, although for the last 4 days it has been particularly in the top middle and right side of the body, where as weeks before it was move in the lower part.

      Will see what the doctor says (tried to make an appointment today but unsuccessful, hopefully get one tomorrow morning!)

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      The symptoms you are describing sound like IBS. Sometimes, the bowel habit change is very subtle with IBS or it can be a major change. My IBS began with constipation which I am prone to anyway. So I didn't notice anything different at the start. The real change for me was that the constipation kept coming back when previously I had managed to clear it up. What got me running, panicking to my doctor was my shifting abdominal pain and nausea. My pain had also been subtle. It started with a short bout of two weeks of abdominal pain which went away and so I forgot about it. The following month, it came back, did not subside and was followed by bowel habit change and nausea.. Then I started getting loose bowel movements as my panic took over.

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    Chest and stomach are related. Gastritis causes more hotter gas, that affects the chest muscles. This makes your heart beat faster, and you feel like you are anxious, in sweat, in fear or tired. That's why many a times gas problems are confused with heart issues. I am not a doctor, but just sharing my thoughts with my personal experience.

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