What Does the Phrase "Nervous Stomach" Mean?
The term "nervous stomach" describes a variety of symptoms you may experience in your gut when you are nervous or stressed out. In this video, gastroenterologist Roshini Raj, MD, explains how our brain-gut connection can lead to these symptoms.
The term nervous stomach means how you feel in your stomach
when you're anxious or stressed out. And those feelings could be different between people. One person may feel nauseous, another person
may feel they have to urgently go to the bathroom or have diarrhea. Or someone else may just get butterflies in their stomach.
We all have neurotransmitters, those same chemicals that are in our brain, acting on our intestines. But for some people, that gut-brain connection
can be very strong and really oversensitive. So a nervous stomach, while it's normal for all of us to get a little anxious in our stomach
at certain times, someone who has a nervous stomach, they have it way too often.
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