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Ok. I have something wrong with my abdomen. I can only describe it as being from the stomach and up to my chest. I get severe panic attacks, I get a uncomfortable feeling, not a pain as such, but as if something feels "wrong" in my stomach sometimes to the right under the ribs, (my gallbladder is fine by the way), the symptoms get worse on my back, with a sense of pressure in my upper body, but it gets better when I lie on my stomach. I get prickly pains in my chest. I have gone for a stress ecg and my heart is perfect. One doctor says gastritis caused by stress, another says ibs caused by stress. I am on omez 40mg. Oddly enough sucking on a local anesthetic throat lozenge makes it feel better. Any ideas?

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Have you tried Meclizine? It’s commonly found in motion sickness meds but can be used in other forms. I get stomach aches often and it seems to help. God bless!

David

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JieMoer, I had most of those symptoms you described a few years ago. I had an Ultrascan, CT scan, endoscopy and blood tests and they couldn't find anything wrong. I found the CT scan reassuring and stopped worrying about the aches and pains as it confirmed what I really knew - it was anxiety probably triggered by the death of a friend. Then I forgot about the aches and pains completely and they all went. All except the aches in my back. Bought a new good quality mattress and those aches went to.

Claire Weekes who wrote 'Self help for your nerves' used to say that the stomach is the organ of the body that is most sympathetic to anxiety. Which means it's the organ that most frequently complains when our anxiety is high.

Weekes' treatment is to suggest that we accept the bad feelings for the time being. Stop fighting them, surrender completely to them and agree to co-exist with them FOR THE TIME BEING. Fighting the symptoms of anxiety only causes more strain and tension which generates even more fear hormone that keeps our nervous system over sensitised.

So live with them and ACCEPT them calmly and with the minimum of fear and give your nerves a break. In other words enough time to recover. And when by accepting the symptoms our nervous system returns to normal all the bad feelings resolve.

If you attach less importance to the aches and pains and don't stress and obsess about them then they die of neglect and you will recover.

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It sounds so easy but I can't stop fearing. It's obsessive in my head

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Maybe acid reflux. I get stomach pain also

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I would ask to be tested for acid reflux or a hiatal hernia.

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Hiatel hernias have a lot to answer for and are often overlooked as a cause of chest pain. My wife has one, they are easily diagnosed by a scope down the throat and can be corrected by micro surgery.

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Thanks everyone for your replies. I appreciate it.

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I have gastrointestinal problems like acid reflux and GERD. I get pains in my stomach and I also get a tight feeling in my chest and I can’t eat certain foods. My doc put me on omeprazole 20mg for a month and I am feeling so much better.

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