How can stress cause stomach pain?
There is a connection between the brain and your stomach. When you're stressed, the brain sets off alarms that can cause the activity of your stomach to be disturbed, and this could cause pain.
Getting cramps when you least expect it can be uncomfortable. And while it's not serious, it can make you feel unwell.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Being under stress can increase IBS-related symptoms like stomach pain.
Stress increases the production of certain hormones, which can make you overeat and cause stomach cramps.
Drinking and smoking
Cigarette and alcohol can harm your stomach. Additionally, these habits could influence discomforts that increase stress.
- Why does it affect me?
Stress: common enemy of your body and mind
Did you know that your brain is connected to your belly? This connection is called the Gut-Brain axis where both, the brain and the belly, exchange signals when either of them is not okay. Stress can become so intense that it creates a vicious emotional and physical cycle, which can lead to discomfort or stomach pain. Break this cycle to feel better.
Tips and suggestions
Habits to manage your stress
Get back behind the wheel of your life by making changes that will help you reduce the pain caused by stress on your body and mind.
Going for a run or riding a bike will help distract you and make you feel good.
Improve your gut flora
Having the right intestinal flora will help you manage stress. Include fruits, vegetables, and fiber in your diet.
Meditate for better sleep
Meditating before going to bed will help you relax and avoid sleepless nights.
Live in the moment
Laugh out loud, watch a movie with your partner, or take your pet for a walk. Enjoy every moment.
Connect with loved ones
Getting together or talking with your family and friends will help distract you from your problems and feel supported.
Do you have additional questions about your stomach and stress?
If you have IBS, stress can be a factor that causes pain due to the alteration of the stomach's nervous system during stressful moments. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, which includes exercise and healthy foods, can help control this pain.
Buscopan® can help you relieve stomach pain because it relaxes the muscles in your stomach and relieves cramps. If you have more symptoms, consult your doctor.
Stressful situations can affect mobility in the intestine and impact the sensitivity of your stomach, making it more prone to feeling pain.
The brain and the stomach are linked by the gut-brain axis. This connection allows the stress that affects one area to impact the other. For example, being stressed can make you feel hilab, ipit, tusok (cramping, tightening and pricking) in your stomach, while on the other hand the pain you feel in your stomach can make you stressed.
Stress can happen for different reasons that depend on each person. It can occur due to work situations, conflicts with a partner, the death of a loved one, everyday life problems, or even physical discomfort.
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