Maybe it’s your first-ever public speaking engagement or for a crucial business proposal. You may have experienced the butterflies-in-the stomach feeling at least once in a lifetime. And this is not just your emotions acting up due to stress or anxiety.
According to Dr Chua Siew Eng, Specialist in Psychiatry & Consultant, Raffles Counselling Centre, “When you are under stress, your body goes into this fight or flight mode whereby your body is in high alert as your hormones and all parts of the body reacts to face up to the threat.” This affects your stomach and gut as well, resulting in the proverbial butterflies in the stomach and sweaty palms as nervousness sets in.
These are perfectly fine and a normal reaction to stress or nervousness. When they occur infrequently, your body recovers from the physiological, psychological, and emotional changes, and return to its normal function quickly. On the other hand, when you experience repeated or dramatic stress responses, your body may have greater difficulty recovering. Due to stress hormones, your body may be in a semi hyper-stimulated state, leading to digestive problems and stomach problems.
Specialist in Gastroenterology & Consultant of Raffles Internal Medicine Centre, Dr Amitabh Monga suggested that you should seek medical help if you experience these symptoms regularly and without due cause.
Nagging, vague abdominal pain