What is abdominal pain caused by stress
Abdominal pain caused by stress doesn't have a physical cause. The complaints are caused by mental or emotional stress, which the body translates into physical symptoms, just like the knot in your stomach when you have a big test or an important meeting. Abdominal pain is a common physical symptom of mental or emotional stress.
What are symptoms of abdominal pain caused by stress
- Nagging, vague abdominal pain
- Bloated feeling
- Irregular consistency of stool
Is abdominal pain caused by stress serious and should I see a doctor
Abdominal pain caused by stress isn't serious, but can be very bothersome. The cause isn't physical and it usually isn't necessary to contact a doctor. Everyone has an important deadline, test or meeting once in a while, which makes you a bit nauseated and causes a knot in your stomach. Know when to contact a doctor
Contact a doctor:
- When you have a vague, nagging abdominal pain, without any other physical symptoms, for over 2 weeks
What can I do about abdominal pain caused by stress myself
- Find the cause of the stress
- Keep a diary documenting the abdominal pain
- Try to relieve tensions at work or in your private life
- Talk to friends about high pressure, stress or tension you're experiencing
- Relaxation exercises
How does abdominal pain caused by stress affect my body
With abdominal pain caused by stress the body translates emotional or mental stress to physical symptoms. This happens in a lot more situations for example burn-out and stage fright , but it can also happen with positive emotions think of the knot in your stomach when you're in love or goosebumps you get when hearing beautiful music.
Because abdominal pain caused by stress doesn't have a physical cause, it usually can't be treated with medication. When there's a long period of stress, that doesn't go away doing relaxation exercises, talking to friends or discussing tensions with the people causing them, it can be good to talk to a psychologist. A doctor can refer you to an appropriate psychologist.