A 25-year-old female asked:
frustrated but not depressed. lots of test results with little things wrong led my gi to diagnosis ibs & suggest different psych rx. should i take this as a hint - it's all in my head? sick of feeling sick.
3 doctor answers
Dr. Donald Jacobson answered
39 years experience Psychiatry
IBS is real illness: Ibs is thought to occur because of changes in chemical receptors that line your gut. You GI tract forms from the lowest layer of your brain as a fetus. This layer sloughs off and heads south, carrying all the nerve transmitters and receptors with it that are in our brains. This has led to a new name for the gut, namely the third brain. This is why psych meds are often used in ibs.
Answered on May 23, 2016
Dr. Petros Ayele answered
28 years experience General Practice
PLEASE TAKE MEDICINE: Yes you have to take medication to allieviate your stress, anxiety which are contributing for ibs. Make sure you should get follow up with your gi.
Answered on Jun 22, 2014
Dr. Jonathan Shedler answered
13 years experience Clinical Psychology
Not all in your head: If you are feeling sick, it's not "all in your head." you are having real symptoms. But mind and body are interdependent, and it is possible that emotional factors are contributing to/exacerbating your symptoms. If you are sick of feeling sick and normal medical treatments are not helping, consider seeing a psychologist to find out whether/how emotional factors may be contributing.
Answered on Nov 12, 2013
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