In the United States, the practice of medicine is disjointed. Dermatologists deal with the skin, gastroenterologists deal with the stomach, and psychiatrists deal with the mind. Through specialization, doctors have been able to become educated on the details of their chosen field. But the reality of health is that it is holistic. What goes on inside our bodies profoundly affects our mental and emotional state. An unfortunately, though doctors know the details about research being done in their field, they often (but not always) lack intuition about what might be going on within the body as a whole.
A stomach problem can bring on some strange emotions. The digestive system is nothing but a long tube that extends from the mouth to the anus. Swelling in the digestive system can impact the rest of the organs in the body in a negative way. An infection or other issues with the intestines of the stomach can cause a person to feel “uneasy” and anxious. Indeed, this feeling of anxiety can be chronic and may be caused by stomach problems, believe it or not.
Many of the headaches that people experience are actually caused by stomach problems. Sometimes the headache may come on because blood vessels in the body are being compressed by the excess gas or feces in the digestive system. The compression of blood vessels in one area of the body can cause high blood pressure in the brain which can lead to headaches. Referred pain from the stomach or the liver can manifest in the shoulders as well. Everything within the body is connected to everything else. Diseases and disorders are rarely isolated to a particular “system” of the body the way we’ve been lead to believe. Consider the role of nutrition and digestion on the heart and cardiovascular system for example. Not eating right can lead to a variety of cardiac and vascular issues over time.
It isn’t unusual for people with stomach problems to have anxiety. Stomach problems and anxiety go together very well in fact. It may take some introspection and careful journaling to discover which came first, the anxiety or the digestive problems, but once you figure that out, you can start to develop a treatment plan. Though there are probably some times when taking pharmaceuticals for anxiety or digestive upsets is warranted, but most of the time, it’s best to stay off of the drug treadmill. Changing your diet may be the easiest and best course of action for someone who is experiencing either anxiety or digestive problems that seem to be related. Drinking chamomile tea is a good place to start to get you started doing research and finding answers to your problem. Chamomile is an herb that specifically targets both anxiety and upset stomach. And you can drink as much as you want.
Be aware that stomach problems in adults can often be obscured by other health issues. And doctors can only offer patients drugs to cover up the problem. There are no drugs available to fix digestive disorders. Indeed, many of the foods we consume every day are designed to create stomach upsets that will lead people to doctors who will then prescribe expensive medications. Those expensive medications will then cause side effects that will necessitate yet another prescription medication and suddenly, the patient is on the drug treadmill, feeling low and totally dependent on their doctor for help. Seeking out acupuncturists, herbalists, hypnotherapists, or other alternative practitioners is your best bet if things don’t seem right with your tummy.
Lots of ill-defined stomach problems like Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Celiac Disease are actually not diseases at all, but merely a reflection of how unhealthy the American diet really is. According to one source, for example, 1 in 105 people could be diagnosed with Celiac Disease. Having studied medicine my whole life, I had never heard of this disorder until a medical intuitive told me that I had it. The revelation changed my life (after I changed my diet). Once my body felt better, my mind did as well. It’s amazing how humans can get used to feeling terrible if it comes on very slowly.
If you’ve already made the connection between anxiety and stomach problems, you’re probably on the right track, but every person is unique. Visit http://www.everydiet.org/diets.htm to learn about the various nutritional problems that are out there. Or peruse Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_diets for information about nutritional changes that you could make to get rid of anxiety. Most importantly, take responsibility for finding the answers to your health problems. Don’t rely on your doctor or other professionals to find the answers for you. You have to pursue health if you really want it.