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Mount Sinai, NY
A 30-year-old male asked:

Could stress cause you to tighten your stomach muscles? they tend to seem to tense up when i get upset.

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Beth Howlett
26 years experience
Stress: Stress can produce a variety of symptoms. Muscle tension is very common if you are aware of experiencing stress in your life. If you also notice that when you are relaxed, your stomach muscles also relax it is most likely stress. Exercise and breathing exercises can help reduce tension but is also important to address the source of the stress.
Dr. Tamara Modilevsky
Internal Medicine 55 years experience
Stress symptoms: Stress can certainly cause abdominal muscles tightening. There are many individual reactions to mental stress, muscle tightening in any areas of your body is one of physical responses to stress

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