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My final bellyache
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cleanskies From: cleanskies Date: June 9th, 2009 04:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

oh, not at all

-- if you've had the blood tests, been poked to check that nothing's damaged or broken, aren't obviously leaking blood or other fluids, and had an ultrasound for the gall bladder stuff, you've probably got it covered -- very small gallstones *can* hide from an ultrasound but you wouldn't expect it to happen.

So, onto the stress, I have a history of stress related pain myself, and take the following tack with Doctors; yes, stress may be causing it, but I still need to stop it, what can I do? They can be very unhelpful (stop having such a stressful life? Er, right...), but occasionally I get something useful.

So, stomach pain -- I went to a Doctor when I was getting very bad persistent pain in my stomach. He poked me around a bit and agreed that the whole area would be tender, yes, because I had hurt myself by repeatedly tensing my muscles in anxiety. Then the pain had started worrying me, leading to me getting more stressed, leading to me tensing up more, which made it more painful, and more worrying, and so on. He suggested I try consciously relaxing the muscles, which I probably should have figured out for myself, but I'd been thinking the pain was coming from my internal organs or something. I found that helpful (certainly more helpful than counselling*, anyway, which always left me feeling more stressed -- but that was later and for something entirely different) and while I still get stomach pain, I don't get it as bad as I used to -- because if I'm awake I can step in and force myself to relax.

House stress at the moment, though, and you can't really turn that off, it's too fundamental. It feels like someone's kicked me in a flying rib. Thanks so much to our buyer's exchange anxiety. I can stop myself during the day, but at night the stresses all come out. Could be worse, though -- my little sister grinds her teeth!

*I have friends and family who have benefited from therapy which concentrates on methods for breaking cycles of stress like the one you describe ("being in pain makes people more tired and stressed and cross than usual")
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