09 Apr How to Distinguish When a Stomach Problem is Actually a Nerve Problem
If you’ve ever felt like nerves have triggered your stomach causing it to hurt almost instantly, you’re not alone, and you more than likely have stomach problems that are related to nerves and anxiety.
Today, your caring McAllen chiropractors at Hendrick Wellness Center will shed light on how to determine if your stomach issues could actually be caused by a problem with your nerve(s).
What Is a Nervous Stomach?
A nervous stomach is caused by your emotions affecting your body. When doctors see that someone is experiencing nausea and stomach pain with no related gastrointestinal issue, they often relate it to a nervous stomach.
Everyone feels the effects of stress and anxiety differently, and it is not uncommon for it to trigger symptoms like abdominal cramps that make you feel sick to your stomach.
Symptoms of a Nervous Stomach
The symptoms of a nervous stomach may include:
- The feeling of “butterflies” in your stomach
- Tightness, churning, cramping, and knots in your stomach
- Feeling nervous or anxious
- Frequent flatulence
- Loss of appetite
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
What Can Trigger a Nervous Stomach?
The nerve endings in your stomach are designed to respond to the stress hormones transmitted from the brain. This is part of the “flight or fight” response. This causes stress hormones to signal to the stomach that it needs to slow down and make way for more blood to pump to the heart, lungs, and muscles.
People who experience constant stress can mimic the “flight or fight” response on a regular basis. Some things that may trigger a nervous stomach include:
- An upcoming presentation or test
- Relationship problems
- Changes at work
- Death of a loved one
- Financial issues
How to Treat a Nervous Stomach
If you believe you suffer from a nervous stomach, it is a good idea to see a doctor for a professional opinion. A doctor will begin by identifying the stressors in your life that might be the source of the nervous stomach and go from there.
Some treatments for a nervous stomach include:
- Therapy: Being able to identify what is contributing to your stress and being able to talk about it can usually help reduce your stress levels. Seeing a therapist gives you the opportunity to learn how to manage your stress and figure out the best coping mechanisms when caught in stressful situations.
- Medications: Anxiety and depression medicine can also help treat a nervous stomach. By taking these medications, you are able to keep your anxiety under control, which in return will more than likely lower your stress level.
- Meditation: Meditation can help reduce stress and anxiety by enhancing peacefulness, mindfulness, and focus on your life. Allowing for 10-15 minutes of meditation a day could significantly improve the effects of a nervous stomach.
- Change in diet: Certain foods such as dairy products and caffeinated beverages (e.g. coffee and soda) can worsen anxiety. If you are suffering from a nervous stomach, it is in your best interest to avoid these.
- Stress-relieving activities: Participating in activities that relieve your stress can also help ease a nervous stomach. Whether it’s hanging out with friends, reading, listening to music, or exercising, try to figure out which activities help you the most with staying calm.
- Natural remedies: Natural remedies can also be used to ease a nervous stomach. Ginger is popular when treating a nervous stomach and can be dissolved in tea, chewed on, or taken as a supplement. Drinking peppermint tea or smelling peppermint oil is also another way thought to calm a nervous stomach.
How Chiropractic Care Can Help
Our chiropractic experts can help those who suffer from a nervous stomach by recommending specific treatments for every individual. There are various chiropractic benefits to your digestive system.
Your digestive and nervous systems are all connected, meaning that the nerves located in your spine can affect your digestion. Our chiropractors can reduce the need for medication and reduce digestive issues by guiding your spinal vertebrae into the correct places. By doing this, your chiropractor is easing your digestive issues as well as other pains.
Calm your nervous stomach when you stop by Hendrick Wellness Center.
Everyone deserves the opportunity to live a stress-free, pain-free life and Hendrick Wellness Center can help make that possible.