Upset stomach with anxiety

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Hi I'm 48 and have had various peri symptoms particularly dizziness for years now sad probably at least 7 anyway,  in the last 3 months anxiety has hit me hard sad I get so uptight about appointments that have been prescribed diazepam for occasional use (not daily and only 2mg) 

The worst symtom is an upset stomach every morning and I really hate it sad just wondered if anyone else has experienced this ? 

Thank you Deb x

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    Hi, my tummy was upset for a while too. I cut back on wheat which seemed to help a bit. Maybe you're a bit intolerant to something. Worth a try. Xx
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      Hi thanks for your reply smile I don't think I am,  I always get this symtom with anxiety but just really understand why ?  It's the thing I hate the most feeling physically unwell.   I just wish it would go away.

      take care x

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    Hi Debbie,

    sorry you're feeling so bad, sure the anxiety makes your stomach worse, but the stomach issues are also a symptom of peri due to dropping estrogen. I was also on Diazepam last year but I quit it because my body wanted more of the stuff and in the end you take it daily just to feel normal. When the drug wears off your anxiety levels soar so you take some more etc, etc. I've switched to natural remedies. I take oil of evening primrose, omega 3, vit E (a lot of women here swear by B vits but my stomach won't take them, maybe you can) I do breathing exercises which work very well, check out cardiac coherance on the net. I also eat well. No caffeine, no alcohol, no sugar, loads of veggies! It's trial and error and everyone is different, good luck!   

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      Hi Kerry,  thnak you for your reply 😊 if you don't mind me asking how often did you take the diazepam ?  I only take it occasionally say 2 tablets a month and think it's a life saver ? It gives me some comfort to know I have it to be honest.  I have bought b6 and 12 but not tried them yet ! Will start probably today.  It's kind of worried and upset me that you say you need more ?  Debbie x
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      Hi debbie,

      I didn't want to worry you! that's not the point of this forum. I was just telling you about my experience which could serve as a warning. I  had a huge anxiety problem last year when doctors were looking for cancer (which wasn't there thank God) but it sent me into a spiral I was taking up to 6 a day! so two a month is not a problem, just be aware that they are addictive and your needs can increase. 

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      Hi deb

      my Gyno in Spain gave me diazepam 2.5mg ..

      For if anxiety came .. But he said if required take only one 30 minutes before bed .

      his reckoning was for a good sleep and body rest as i have insomnia .

      not for day time use .. And only for the odd occassion ..

      i have only ever had one and had them since August ..

      jay xx

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      Hi Kerry,

      No that's fine,  I'm not surprised you were experiencing huge anxiety under theses circumstances ! I hope you are well now 😊🙏 yes up to 6 a day could cause addiction I would imagine ! So I think my low use and dosage should be fine ! It's such a shame it can be addictive because it has really calmed me down on occasions.  Thank again ! Deb

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    Hi Debbie.

    I also suffer with anxiety. I think you will find that it is just an off shoot of anxiety. Mornings are always the worst because while you have been asleep your mind has been busy racing around with anxieties. Do you wake up feeling tired?

    If it's any help my doctor said it was IBS when I used to get the same in the mornings caused by anxiety. I tend to get a bad stomach as a wave of anxiety hits nowadays. As the adrenaline wears off then the stomach settles.

    Anxiety is a horrible thing and if you are like me it hits completely out of the blue.

    My advice is to take those afternoon naps and rest when you can because anxiety can seem worse when you are tired. I have learned to rest and sleep when I need to and it does help.

    Hope this helps. And remember you are not alone.

    Always happy to chat.

    Helen x

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      Hi Helen,  thank you for your reply,  yes every time I have an appointment my anxiety goes mad,  I really hate it 😢 I will try and rest in the afternoon like you suggest.  I just hope that at some point in the near future it will go away.   Thnak again for your kind reply so nice to speak to you

      hugs debbie x

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    Hi debs

    I too use to have an upset tummy every morning.

    Turned out to be the magnesium i was taking.

    Dont know if you take it in any vits 

    But magnesium citrate ot magnesium oxide acts like a laxactive. 

    Since i now take solgar chelated magnesium and i am back to normal now, it doesnt upset stomach.

    If you take supplements check the bottles

    Jay xx

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      Hi again Jay,

      No I don't take magnesium ! I bought the B6 and 12 at the weekend as you suggested though but haven't taken them yet, I think it's just what anxiety does to me . . . Just a horrible side effect of it ! Like I said appointments make me worry then I get all the symptoms sad

      hugs to you Deb x

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      Hi Deb

      yes also anxiety can upset tummy and make you feel sweaty 😞

      Start your B6 & B12 Deb, take in the mornings and i am sure it will help you.

      totally changed my life ..

      like little drops of heaven 😊

      big hugs 

      jay xx

       

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    Hi Debbie,

    Sorry to hear you are experiencing anxiety.  

    I too get the dizziness with mine, it's such a horrible feeling isn't it.

    I suffered anxiety for years on and off.  I was much better for a long time.  I have been going through peri for quite a few years now,  this time I haven't had a period for nine months, so I am hoping it will carry on to go over the year and not have periods anymore.  Just hoping things will settle down then.

    I had a couple of weeks where I had an upset stomach every morning, I didn't think of it being due to the anxiety, but that was probably what it was.

    I had been suffering recent with gastritis so I put it down to that.

    Hope you feel well soon,all the best x

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      I also get the dizziness and more recently an set tummy but that has settled now. Almost finished my current b vits so going to try the mega Bs from Holland and Barrett. Xx
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      Hi Tina,

      Thank you for your reply 🙏😊 yes it's really vile isn't it it get so often when I'm out or have to stand in a que at the shops !  Did you take anything for the anxiety at all ?  Yes if you haven't had a period for 9 months that sounds very promising . . . Wish I could say the same ! I'm 48 and still have fairly regular cycles although did go 50 days a couple of months back !  Thank again and take care x

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      Hi Mooma 

      how are you 😊

      Holland and Barret do the Mega B100 time release ..

      that has 100mg of B6 etc ..

      also they do Busy B that also has 100mg B6 etc

      have a nice day Mooma 

      i have a pile of ironing 😏 to contend with 

      jay xx

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      I have taken Prozac years ago, they did help at the time.  My dr also prescribes me Diazapam 2ml to take if I get really panicky, I only take them if it is absolutely necessary cos I do not want to rely on them.

      I am taking vitamin b6, vitamin d, magnesium with calcium and zinc, omega 3 capsules and menopace.

      I am going out today to get myself some vitamin b12 as this is also really good.

      I hope I do not have a repeat of yesterday when I go out,  I had to get off the train as I had such a bad hot flush and felt really faint with a wet back and neck 😔 I did continue to go shopping but closer to home, I had four more of these episodes !   

      I have noticed lately that I do not want to venture too far from home because of these feelings and the anxiety.

      Take care Hun,  Tina x

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      Dear Tina,

      Sorry to hear you had a bad day yesterday, I hope today Is better.  If you don't mind me asking how long have you been able to get repeat prescriptions for diazepam ? I just worry my doctor might say I can't have any more ? Then I would be in trouble ! I have only had 2 prescriptions for 10 tablets so far and still have 12 tablets left,  but I would just like to know I can get more in the future 😊🙏. Many thanks and take care x

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      Hi deb 

      dont different countries vary ..

      i got a prescription here from Gyno .. Took it to farmacia ..

      they are boxes of 40 tablets cost me a couple of euros ..

      jay xx 

       

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      Haha me too Jay. Should be doing it now instead of typing on here, but any excuse......I'll have a look at those busy b's. Thanks. Had a reasonable couple of days so enjoying it while it lasts. Although got a problem with my foot now! Plantar fasciitis the physio says. Think things will start dropping off soon😀 have a good day. Xx
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      Haha me too Jay. Should be doing it now instead of typing on here, but any excuse......I'll have a look at those busy b's. Thanks. Had a reasonable couple of days so enjoying it while it lasts. Although got a problem with my foot now! Plantar fasciitis the physio says. Think things will start dropping off soon😀 have a good day. Xx
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      Me with those meds increase my anxiety levels  I'd even say it was those meds given me some 9 yrs ago set my anxiety off in first place,I went to dr for un be known allergies at the time. 

        Didn't have it prior ,some are fine on them ,no probs at all and they can help,once been on them a while ,try cutting them back ,see if your anxiety has dropped on its own with less.We react different to these meds ,Trial and effort,as with all things ,yes anxiety will play havoc with your stomach .think that's hormones doing that for lots in menopause .

         I'm okay on B12 but not B6 weird or what ,the 6 gives me a jippy tum ,but not the 12 .Why again is a mystery .So when Jay said give them a go ,go for it ,the Bs may settle anxiety down .

        Jays well read up on these Vits ,so it's always good to read what's she's found out about them .

        Plenty of deep breaths .Anxiety is the pits .,it does go with menopause ,hormones running riot ,but it will gradually drop ,to where days you will not notice any anxiety around you .

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      Hello Debbie ,think it was either of these 2 as I was put on these at different times .Sertaline ,and Fluoxtine .

        What I will add is if you do go on them ,give them a chance to get to work ,but after that you find not helped. Then go have word with dr ,then try another ,some say Citalopram for menopause have helped them best ,but took a while to work .Why struggle ,if short term these help,get past this anxiety .

        I'm just unlucky they increase my anxiety,so I don't take any ,just keep natural ones from health food shop in drawer .there a good source to look at . Lots women try them first ,again it's what works for you .

       You on anything at present ? Best wishes 

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      hello Marlene

      what a shame they didnt work for you sad I'm a bit confused what medication did you say made your anxiety worse ? 

      I have Dizazepam 2mg to take as and when I need to ! But not on a daily basis just on odd occassions.  What natural tablets do you currently take ?

      Best wishes Debbie x

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      Hi debs 

      i dont like antidepressants at all .. Only my personal opinion .. It may work well for some i know,

      they made me ( years ago ) feel sleepy, spaces out, and driving feeling like that is wrong... i had dry mouth. Thicj fuzzy head and couldnt function.

      anxiety awful iin menopause .. But its anxiety... Not deep depression ..

      there are supplements to assist that ..

      i had a awful doc here in jan, gave me antidepressants again for menopause , when clearly i am not depressed, just dealing with the hormonal anxiety.

      in my opinion Gps are clueless, Gynos are the ones who know whats what.

      anyway he gave me the similar one to Citalopram mine was escitalopram 20mg, i took one, hours later i felt sick, dizzy, spaced out, unbalanced, couldnt judge the door way, banged into the door frame.. 

      no thank you.

      i then started B6 & B12 and never felt better 

      jay xx

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      Hi Jay,

      One Doctor wanted to give me anti depressants but I said no ! But I have to say the Diazepam (Valium) are for good for occasional use.  I know it's just anxiety from peri menopause but sometimes it just gets too much and I find it very difficult to calm down.  The Dotor was useless when I asked if there was anything natural I could take to help, he said 'I'm a Doctor not a herbalist' how useful was that.  

      Will be be trying the B6 and B12 ASAP.

      thnak you for all your replies xx

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      Debbie didn't know which one I was first put on either the Fluoxtine or the Sertaline ,I'm going back 9 yrs ago .Think the 2 most go on is Citalopram ,and  Diazapam .Citalopram you take daily ,but Diazapram you can take when needed.It depends on the individual.

       I keep handy the Rescue mouth spray ,or Rhodiola ,get that Holland and Barrett,or off of Amazon cheaper .there organic ,Glutten free to .

         Look up natural anti anxiety ,if meds a problem ,I did in the end .

       Some can't take these,so if on certain meds for other things ,so look for interactions with any Drs meds your on ,Drs can't tell you they say I've asked,so had to check this out for myself as I'm on a BP med .Bit of a minefield to getting what's right for you .Maybe others can shed some light on what's helped them you can try ,exercise can decrease it alone ,burns the excess adrenalin out of you.i even went and got an exercise cycle for those such days,use that more in the winter .

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      Hi Deb

      good luck hun..

      yes GPs are stupid sometimes, fancy saying that to you..

      my old UK GP actually gave me B6 prescribed in early peri ..

      he wasnt a herbalist either, he just had a brain 😊

      Mind you he did also do homepathic meds too 

      jay xx

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      I'm with you Jay ,I never had depression just rhinitis ( allergy ) so I wasent up on those meds ,so I never understood why a dr put me on them period .

       Those meds set anxiety off big way ,just one packet done it ,didn't have it till that packet ,another dr and his ignorance to just me and allergy ,a nasal med was what was needed .To this very day I regret seeing a dr ,I now wish I'd dropped into a chemist shop,had a word of my symptoms to pharmacist ,hey he would have told me a nasal spray was what I needed.

      To late now ,wish I could turn clock back,not a day passes I don't think that ,if anxiety around me .Those meds are my menace ,just not cut out for them period myself ,again it's been a learning curve,since menopause began .

        Some they help ,yes ,but some they don't I'm the latter to Jay .

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      I'd say try those B Vits to ,see if they do it ,nothing to loose .

       I see by your post to Jay  you were told by your Dr same as I was ,they no nothing about herbal ,How come then a surgeon told me to do Reiki for anxiety 2 yrs ago ,came away from hospital ,said to my husband how come he knew about Reiki as an alternative,where as doctors don't tell patients this .Got to wonder .Give my dr due ,did say about hypnotherapy .but hey she is a female ,earlier dr was the one who said they didn't know about herbal ,so my female dr I stay with trust her .

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      Hi Jay.

      I don't know what you suggest or what you know about anti depressants but I have been on them for 14 years now. I have tried to wean off them and every time I do i crash about 3 months later. When I say crash I mean have a nervous break down and end up back at the docs and put back on them again. It was so bad once that I had to give up my job.

      I'm interested to know your thoughts on this as I feel completely trapped in taking them. The doctor suggested trying again but I don't want to have an experience like that again. Ever.

      Helen x

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      Hi Helen

      i cant help you on this one hun ..

      i can only speak for my own experiences ..

      i am talking way before menopause in my case , i was put on them, several types, for many yeats, nothing suited me, made me worse, out my face, slow reaction, agressive towards my partner, weight gain, some made me feel like i wanted to end my life .. 

      Thats just my experience ..

      I couldnt just stop taking them due to withdrawal symptoms, so i halved them and took half for three weeks, then Quarter for two weeks. ( need a pill splitter) then a quarter every other day .. Until no more 

      and never again for me .. For me they masked the root cause of the problem that was making me unhappy, once off them i could focus, think clearly and life began again..

      cant advise anyone - this is based on my experience.. Everyone different and maybe has deeper problems inside than they explain .

      good luck

      jay xx

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