kind of serious – stress leading to getting sick?

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

Stress response can seriously screw with your body and can manifest as physical illness. Removing stress,  stress management and medication can all help reduce the ill effects of stress on your body. You just have to find something that works for you.

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

Yup, my stomach definitely gets worse during times of stress/change/etc. Same with a number of people I know. I think it’s pretty normal, actually.

I too have to run to the bathroom when I am feeling intense stress.. like before a big work presentation or before flying.

I feel better in general when I am not ridiculously stressed. I too am an anxious person.

I wouldn’t go on drugs for it, though. I’ve considered anti-anxiety meds, but I’ve also seen how hard it is to get off of them. I don’t think I’m at the point where I need them to function. Instead I am focusing on things like exercising more, reducing stress where I can, controlling anxious thoughts etc.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I can always tell when I’m too stressed because my stomach hurts and I start to feel run down.

Post # 6
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Honey bee

@rumpunch712:  In Feb this year I was so stressed with money worries / job stress/ life stress etc I ended up in A&E with a super mega migraine, not being able to see, throwing up, got hooked up to a drip, kept in over night, had a head scan. LISTEN TO YOUR BODY. I DIDNT! I thought I couple cope/ was coping because I am big and and strong and generally good at coping, but my body was telling me otherwise. Go speak to your Dr ASAP if you are worried. Better to be safe than sorry. Hope you find something to help.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I’d strongly reccomend looking into various stress reduction techniques and see which one works best for you. I think it’s always good to avoid meds unles you really end up needing them as other stuff isn’t working. Also, even if you do end up needing anti-anxiety meds, its really, really important that you still find healthy stress reduction techniques that work for you so you don’t become entirely reliant on the meds and can hopefully wean off of them.

 

You could look into cognitive behavioral therapy (really helpful for many people with stress, and even people with IBS who wouldn’t think to attribute it to stress!), yoga, mediation, progressive muscle relaxation, etc. Progressive muscle relaxation works really well for me- I think it’s easier than basic meditation because people with anxiety often have difficulty just “quieting their mind.” Progressive muscle relaxation shares some similiar qualities but it’s guided, and gives you concrete things to focus on (your muscles). I have the set of tapes from Thomas H. Budzynski’s Relaxation Training Program (you can probably find it online), but you can also look on youtube for examples- some are better than others of course.

 

Good luck finding something that works best for you!

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@rumpunch712:  I had a sick stomach for 9 months while planning my wedding. I was under so much stress from planning, selling my house, moving into an apt, and switching jobs that I could barely sleep because the pain was terrible. On days where I didn’t have anything to do (mostly weekends) I felt terrific.

I drank a lot of water (and spinach, yogurt, fruit smoothies so I wouldn’t get sick) and it may interest you to go to the natural health food store and pick up some stress stuff there. They have lilac rice packs and a bunch of stuff. I have some anit-stress pills that you put under your tongue that help calm me down. I also got some antacid ones too for after I tae because it was worse after I ate. They are all natural and safe so you don’t have to worry about becoming dependant on them. I would also suggest walking every night to destress 🙂

Good luck!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

When I get stressed, I stop eating. I just get so wrapped up in whatever is stressing me out (99% of the time it’s school) and just totally forget about food. So pair the stress of studying for finals with a serious lack of food, you betcha I get sick! I get really bad migraines and even sometimes will actually catch a virus.

You don’t have the food issue, so I won’t focus on that, but to cope with my stress I do a couple things. Lavender works wonders for me. I burn a lavender candle any time I need to study. I also have a bottle of lavender essential oil that I rub on my wrists, temples, and dab on the inside of my bra (near where my heart is). It’s so calming. If you get a headache, mix lavender essential oil with a little bit of peppermint essential oil and massage into your temples. If it’s a bad headache, I’ll also put a little of both on a rag and smell it or lay it over my face.

Also, minimize caffeine and drink a lot of water! Water is so good for your body in so many ways. If you don’t like water or think you’ll get sick of water, try slicing up fruit and letting it sit in your water. Apples, strawberries, oranges, lemons, cucumbers, mint leaves are all really yummy! Strawberries and apples together are my favorite.

Before you go to bed every night, take 30 minutes to “unplug” yourself. Put away your phone, computer, and tv and just get in bed and relax. Read a book, flip through magazines, or just lay down and relax. I like to make a cup of hot herbal tea and enjoy it in bed while reading a book. 

One more thing, which sounds TOTALLY crazy but really helps me. When you’re stressed, your muscles get tense and tight. I’ve found that one of the best ways to help me is to lay on my back on the ground (yes, the floor), and reach my arms up over my head, still flat on the ground. I stay there for about 10 minutes and repeat whenever I feel tense. It really helps me.

I hope you find something that helps! Good luck!

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@rumpunch712:  None of the natural stuff should interfere. I asked my doctor about the stuff I took and she wasn’t concerned (I was on BC at the time).

I hope you find a good solution. This sucks so much. Just a small personal story to know you aren’t alone this weekend we drove 12 hours to get my puppy, and it horrible, horrible weather, and I was so nauseous and my stomnach felt like it was being stabbed. As soon as we got home it was fine. When I am put into situations that I feel are unsafe or uncomfortable I get terrible sick. I don’t throw up but I couldn’t eat.

 

Post # 13
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Busy bee

@rumpunch712:  I asked my doctor once, why I felt the need to use the toilet when I was stressed, anxious or worried. He said ‘that’s your body responding to the stress. It’s also where the saying ‘I was so scared, I shit myself’ came from’!

I have been hyper-stressed lately, aching muscles, feeling worked up, feeling flat. What helped was seeing a psychologist to help me manage my stress – just to have a ‘safe’ place to talk about my worries. She also gave me her ‘pep talk’ stress cards which have tips on how to reduce stress levels. She also recommended taking time to stretch, breathe deeply, and not be disturbed by anyone. She also recommended fresh, unrefined foods – trying to eat healthy is good for your body, which in turn is good for your mind. 

I think seeing your doctor is a very good place to start. They can refer you to someone that can help you manage your stress. Meditation is good also – if you have a smart phone, you could download a meditation app to help you unwind. There are lots of things that can help you – don’t suffer through this alone! Best of luck.

Post # 14
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Busy bee

@rumpunch712:  Oh, some natural stuff can interfere with BC. Particularly St Johns Wort – can cause bleeding. I took it for 2 days when I was on the pill, and started bleeding. Always check with a pharmacist before trying anything natural – they can have odd side effects. 

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My Husband and I refer to this as, “Nervous butt”.  Any time I get nervous, stressed, or scared…I get physically ill.

It’s very very normal.

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@rumpunch712:  I have IBS Irritabel Bowel Syndrome and any change in weather, stress or nervousness causes me to run to the bathroom. I think its pretty normal to have this happen mine is just worse because of my condition

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