Virtually all types of anxiety, from Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) to Panic Disorder, include physical symptoms, such as stomach problems.
Stomach problems can include:
These problems can be mild to severe. For some, a feeling of butterflies in the stomach may precede social events or situations that may produce anxiety. For others stomachaches and nausea may interfere with the ability to carry out daily tasks, rendering someone incapacitated.
Obviously, treatment to help would first and foremost include treatment for the anxiety disorder. By effectively treating the underlying cause of stomach problems, symptoms such as nausea and diarrhea should be reduced or disappear. However, beginning treatment for anxiety does not immediately relieve symptoms and stomach problems may continue for months.
Diarrhea is characterized by loose or watery stools. It can also include abdominal cramping, bloating...
I have a 13 year old daughter that gets nauseated and sometimes stomach cramping with it about 4 times a year that usually lasts 2 days. She won't eat and can't go to school. She feels miserable during these times. i usually give her medicine for acid reflux (Nexium or Prilosec) with Mylanta and it has no positive effect. Could these be abdominal migraines? She has had nausea for the last day and a half with no stomach pain. She has a chronic condition of some sort. What do you suggest? Sara.
Yes, this could be abdominal Migraine. For more information, see Abdominal Migraine - The Basics .
Our suggestion? Take your daughter to the doctor to find out if this is abdominal Migraine or something else and what to do for her when these episodes occur.
Good luck, John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert
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Abdominal ultrasound is an imaging procedure used to examine the internal organs of the abdomen, including the liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, and kidneys. The blood vessels that lead to some of these organs can also be looked at with ultrasound.
Ultrasound - abdomen; Abdominal sonogram
How the test is performed
An ultrasound machine creates images that allow various organs in the body to be examined. The machine sends out high-frequency sound waves, which reflect off body structures to create a picture. A computer receives these reflected waves and uses them to create a picture. Unlike with x-rays or CT scans, there is no ionizing radiation exposure with this test.
You will be lying down for the procedure. A clear, water-based conducting gel is applied to the skin over the abdomen. This helps with the transmission of the sound waves. A handheld probe called a transducer is then moved over the abdomen.
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