Abdominal pain without a medical cause definitely does have a cause!
Many people, mostly women, have abdominal complaints on a regular basis. Often the cause of this pain is difficult to track down, because what’s the culprit? Your diet, stress, or something physical? This is how you can find out!
This is how you can discover the cause of your pain.
Sometimes it happens that when a patient with abdominal pain visits their GP or a specialist no cause can be found for their pain. Often an echo is made and an endoscopic examination is conducted. Is a doctor unable to determine a cause for your pain based on these tests? Then you’re likely to get the diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and you still don’t know the cause of your pain. So how can you establish what’s wrong on your own?
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a chronic disorder that can cause bloating, constipation and/or diarrhea without there being a medical explanation. Yet there are a couple of causes to pinpoint for anyone suffering from this syndrome. A few reasons might be an unhealthy diet, not enough exercise, or you might not be eating regularly enough. We recommend taking a good look at these things when you’re trying to find the cause for your pain. For example, you could keep a diary in which you track how you feel, what you’ve eaten, whether you’ve exercised and how your abdomen is doing.
Your symptoms might also be caused by stress and your subconscious. Your intestines are closely connected to your brain; these two are always in communication with each other. It’s quite likely that your symptoms are caused by (subconscious) thoughts you’re having. Through the use of hypnotherapy you can intercept these subconscious negative thoughts and transform them into positive thoughts; this will positively affect your bowel function. Cognitive behavioural therapy, which is about making connections between emotions, events and thoughts and influencing these thoughts, can also help when you have IBS.
So, do you have abdominal pain without a medical cause or have you gotten the diagnosis of IBS? Try establishing when your symptoms occur by keeping a diary, and perhaps you’ll be able to notice a pattern. If this doesn’t help, you can ask your doctor for information on hypnotherapy or cognitive behavioural therapy. And be patient! Trying to find out what is causing your abdominal pain can take a lot of time.
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