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Can managing stress prevent belly pain?

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Some people feel their hearts race or their palms sweat when they’re stressed or anxious. And plenty of people have stomach pain. They may feel their stomachs churn or seem to tie up in knots.

The obvious answer is to stay out of stressful situations when you can. Since that’s not always possible, you can ease stress with things like exercise, meditation, hobbies, or hanging out with friends. If those don’t work, it might help to talk with your doctor or a therapist about ways to manage it.

From: How Can I Prevent Belly Pain? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Stomach virus (gastroenteritis).”

American College of Gastroenterology: “Abdominal pain syndrome.”

Mayo Clinic: “Food allergy vs. food intolerance: What’s the difference?” “Nonulcer stomach pain.”

Nemours Foundation: “Digestive system,” “Stomachaches.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 7, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Stomach virus (gastroenteritis).”

American College of Gastroenterology: “Abdominal pain syndrome.”

Mayo Clinic: “Food allergy vs. food intolerance: What’s the difference?” “Nonulcer stomach pain.”

Nemours Foundation: “Digestive system,” “Stomachaches.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 7, 2019

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