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I have been getting a tightness in my upper stomach and it feels like I need to take more cleansing breaths. Can it be anxiety?

I have been getting a tightness in my upper stomach and it feels like I need to take more cleansing breaths. Can it be anxiety?

Probably: It certainly can, shortness of breath, tightness in stomach, nausea, sweating, dry mouth, headache, hot flashes and chills among other symptoms are concomitant physical symptoms of anxiety. However, other physical problems have to be ruled out first even if you have anxiety. So please check with primary care physician for a proper evaluation. ...Read more

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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


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Why does GAD cause my stomach to be so tight and wake me every morning and start the anxiety cycle all over again? Any OTC med might help??

Why does GAD cause my stomach to be so tight and wake me every morning and start the anxiety cycle all over again? Any OTC med might help??

No OTC med: There are no non-prescription meds that reliably treat generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). In addition to tranquilizers such as Lorazepam (listed on your profile), there are also buspirone (Buspar) & the SSRI antidepressants, which treat GAD & are non-addictive. They are not OTC. Psychotherapy can help as well. ...Read more

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Hi I've had that anxiety for a while now but today I had a tight chest and loads of butterflies in my stomach all day very severe i's there any. Cure?

Hi I've had that anxiety for a while now but today I had a tight chest and loads of butterflies in my stomach all day very severe i's there any. Cure?

Yes: How did you sleep last night? Exhaustion often triggers anxiety. Anxiety comes and goes and has to do with our general health and with our perceptions. Yoga, meditation, regular sleep and a nutritious diet are all antidotes for anxiety. Journaling can also be helpful and cognitive behavioral therapy is also helpful. ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause my stomach to feel VERY tight and anxious and cause me to wake up in the morning? I also feel like adrenaline is rushing thru me?

Can anxiety cause my stomach to feel VERY tight and anxious and cause me to wake up in the morning? I also feel like adrenaline is rushing thru me?

Yes: Yes, these are common symptoms of anxiety. It sounds like your anxiety needs to be treated with therapy and/or additional medication. ...Read more

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I suffer from severe anxiety and hold tension in my stomach and jaw. I have TMJ and recently tighten my stomach muscles I have no clue why?

I suffer from severe anxiety and hold tension in my stomach and jaw. I have TMJ and recently tighten my stomach muscles I have no clue why?

Anxiety: Sounds like you have been suffering for some time and I am sorry. Psychotherapy can be helpful for the treatment of anxiety, ask your doctor for a referral to a clinical psychologist who specializes in the treatment of this difficulty and try to perceive accurately as misperceptions often drive anxiety higher. Best. ...Read more

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Pain in my feet legs ankles tights arms abdominal gases semtimes headache heartbeats heartburn urine body itch are these sypmtops of my anxeity?

Pain in my feet legs ankles tights arms abdominal gases semtimes headache heartbeats heartburn urine body itch are these sypmtops of my anxeity?

Yep: Sounds like you do have multiple complaints. They may be related to underlying stress and anxiety. Please consult a psychologist or a psychiatrist. ...Read more

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I feel a weird tightness or bloating on the right side of my Stomach, it’s been like it for like 2 weeks now.

I feel a weird tightness or bloating on the right side of my Stomach, it’s been like it for like 2 weeks now.

Right side bloating: Could be gastritis with or without H pylori a bacteria or could be gall bladder or constipation.If lower right side could be appendix.. Rarely could be kidney or pneumonia, Follow up with doc over next 24 hours ...Read more

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Stomach tightens so bad hard to take breaths. I relax, breathing comes around; stomach still feels tight inside. Like I am tightening and holding. Y?

Stomach tightens so bad hard to take breaths. I relax, breathing comes around; stomach still feels tight inside. Like I am tightening and holding. Y?

Best to get checked: Sounds like you're in significant distress, but there are so many things that can cause your symptoms--infectious, inflammatory, hemorrhage, ischemia, functional (ibs, esophageal spasm), biliary problems; but also heart, lungs, panic, etc. If worsening or associated with systemic signs, get to your doctor or er for evaluation ; treatment now please. ...Read more

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Can tightness in stomach be pregnacy?

Can tightness in stomach be pregnacy?

Test for Pregnancy: If you are sexually active and have missed your period, test for pregnancy. Tightness in the stomach usually comes later in pregnancy, mostly during the third trimester. ...Read more

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Sudden tightness in mid stomach, cause?

Sudden tightness in mid stomach, cause?

Pain: Could be ulcer or gallbladder problems. This pain get worse with eating or better with eating. ...Read more

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Tightness in mid stomach, what could this be?

Tightness in mid stomach, what could this be?

Pain: Could be something simple as gastritis peptic ulcer course more serious like cardiac symptoms he should have it evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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My stomach feels tight and bloated, how do I treat this?

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My stomach feels tight and bloated, how do I treat this?

Don't worry: Take 4 dulcolax tablets at night (all 4 as one dose). Next morning you will have good bm. And will clean your system. Then take Reglan (metoclopramide) 10 mg, one tablet every night for 2 weeks. ...Read more

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I have loose stomach as I have loose my weight so I want to make it tight how can I do this?

I have loose stomach as I have loose my weight so I want to make it tight how can I do this?

Tummy tuck: If you have lost a lot of weight and you have loose skin on your belly, usually the only way to get rid of it is to remove it surgically.
I recommend that you seek out a consultation from a board certified plastic surgeon to explore the options available to you.
Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it true that crunches doesn't make stomach tight as it is loose and makes stomach more loose?

No: No - that is not true - crunches are a great workout for the muscles of the abdomen. ...Read more

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I have a burning feeling in my stomach along with a tight feeling that makes me sick. What could it be?

I have a burning feeling in my stomach along with a tight feeling that makes me sick. What could it be?

Reflux: Most like due to over production of stomach acid or gerd. In advanced cases ulcers can result. Stop nsaids if taking and try otc Prilosec or Pepcid (famotidine). If it continues talk to your physician. ...Read more

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I'm having occasional tightness and burning right in the middle of my upper abdomen. Should I be concerned?

Maybe...: If you're indicating your epigastrium (just below the ribs in the midline), then you may have peptic disease (e.G ulcer, gerd, reflux) or contractions or delayed emptying of the gut in that location (stomach, mid-colon). Less likely (& appropriate to symptom duration, intensity, timing, risks) your gallbladder or pancreas may be sick. Best to get checked. ...Read more

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26, what are the serious conditions I could have with stomach tightness, fullness, worse when hungry, suffered since august,?

At your age: GERD (Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease, Gastritis and Gastric/Duodenal ulcer are all "possibilities"
SEE A GASTROENTEROLOGIST for Diagnosis THERE IS EXCELLENT TREATMENT for all these conditions!

Hppe this helps

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So my stomach is really hard and tight. I have problems going to the bathroom but would that make my stomach hard and tight?

So my stomach is really hard and tight. I have problems going to the bathroom but would that make my stomach hard and tight?

It could: constipation may result in hardness of the abdomen but you require an examination to make sure or rule out other causes. ...Read more

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I'm feeling tightness on the left lower side of my stomach and when I lay on my side it takes my breath away? What's wrong with me?

I'm feeling tightness on the left lower side of my stomach and when I lay on my side it takes my breath away? What's wrong with me?

Best to be seen: I suggest being seen for your symptoms. It is possible that the pain you feel on the left side of your stomach is coming from your chest, such as your lung or your diaphragm, since you notice a change in your breathing with it. I suggest having someone listen to your lungs, checking your abdomen, and possibly having a chest xray. ...Read more

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Moving around pain near lower right abdomen ; moving around sometimes ; tightness when moving around ; worsens a bit when laying down?

Moving around pain near lower right abdomen ; moving around sometimes ; tightness when moving around ; worsens a bit when laying down?

See a doctor: You need to see a doctor. Any pain in the lower right side that is moving around can be a sign of appendicitis which can become dangerous. Best wishes to you! ...Read more

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I have a lump size of a dime in lower left abdomen causing some pain and a lot of tightness when bent over? Felt it mad only hurts at slight touch

Cyst or benign growt: This could be a sebaceous cyst, a fibroma, or a benign tumor like a lipoma; or if red and tender, an infected deep "pimple" or cyst (called a furuncle). It does not sound dangerous in any case, but have it evaluated. ...Read more

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What does it mean if whenever I lay down my stomach gets tight and it hurts to lay on my back or side or lay down at all actually and I'm nauseous?

What does it mean if whenever I lay down my stomach gets tight and it hurts to lay on my back or side or lay down at all actually and I'm nauseous?

See doctor: If you don't have nausea, I'd suspect that you had a muscle sprain somewhere causing you to have pain when lying down. If you are sexually active, one always suspect pregnancy associated with the nausea. I think your best bet is to consult your doctor to get examined. ...Read more

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I am a healthy 53 yo female. Every now and then I get a tight feeling in my upper stomach wall like something is pressing on it. It is not painfull.

I am a healthy 53 yo female. Every now and then I get a tight feeling in my upper stomach wall like something is pressing on it. It is not painfull.

Sounds like it is: Nothing to be really concerned about if so intermittent & no pain as long as there is no loss of weight or appetite, bowel habit changes, loss of energy, fever, chills or sweats. Otherwise, see your physician. ...Read more

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Will anything bad happen if my underwear elastic is too tight? I am beginning to have pain in my stomach. Will more bad things happen? Can’t change it

Will anything bad happen if my underwear elastic is too tight? I am beginning to have pain in my stomach. Will more bad things happen? Can’t change it

Stomach pain: Indicates the need for you to see your doctor. It may be from something other than tight underwear. I also see that you have difficulty breathing, which is another reason to be monitored by your doc. I see that you are getting behavioral therapy. Ask that doc about modalities such as biofeedback and clinical hypnosis. See www. Relaxationresponse. Org for some self-help also. Peace&good health. ...Read more

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What might be the cause of having a tight, anxious feeling in my stomach when I awaken and sometimes in the daytime. Are there any OTC meds for this?

What might be the cause of having a tight, anxious feeling in my stomach when I awaken and sometimes in the daytime. Are there any OTC meds for this?

Most likely anxiety: Brief medical history suggests symptoms are related to anxiety. Before taking over the counter meds suggest talking about treatment options (especially if you have been on lorazepam long term) and ruling out other physical causes of anxiety/stomach tightness with your provider. If anxiety is the source, would recommend referral for behavioral therapy or psychiatrist for more in depth treatment. ...Read more

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My girlfriend started having a tight stomach about a week ago it is really tight in the upper and middle parts and she thinks it may be early pregnanc?

My girlfriend started having a tight stomach about a week ago it is really tight in the upper and middle parts and she thinks it may be early pregnanc?

Possible: It is hard to know what is happening based upon the description but if she is sexually active pregnancy is always possible. I would recommend a pregnancy test and discussion with her primary physician. ...Read more

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When I wake up my stomach feels really tight and hurts?

When I wake up my stomach feels really tight and hurts?

Uncertain: These symptoms are fairly non-specific. One consideration is that you may be more sensitive to acid in the morning. Try an over the counter acid suppressive agent before bedtime to see if your symptoms improve. If they persist please seek medical evaluation. ...Read more

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What would make your stomach and your sides hurt and feel tight?

Side/stomach pain: There are a great many possibilities. Best to get a check up with your health care giver. ...Read more

Tightness (Definition)

Tightness can mean different states at distinctive times. The most common is the complaint of tightness of chest, a feeling of discomfort, real or perceived, seen often in patients with asthma or panic disorder, or heart attack. Your physician ...Read more


Upper Abdomen (Definition)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more