Any empaths have digestive problems?

indigovirgo
@indigovirgo
2 years ago
24 posts

I am experiencing quite a good bit of anxiety lately and it is manifesting in my "gut" or digestive system distress. So much so that it actually is quite distracting/painful and even loud at times.

I have thought that this may be an actual intuitive "gut" intuition working overtime. But it could just be physiological and a result as extreme anxiety. Was just curious if any other empaths experienced these type of physical symptoms when overwhelmed and not centered.


updated by @indigovirgo: 09/03/18 10:50:40AM
TigerLily
TigerLily
@tigerlily
2 years ago
443 posts
Yes, I do. Been to a GI doctor and nothing is wrong with me. Told me it was anxiety. When I went to visit my friend for a week, who was going through an awful divorce. I was in so much pain from bloat, gas, and acid reflux. When I got home it was gone the next day. Yesterday at work I was training a new guy and he just started dumping out all his marital problems, I didn't ask about it btw, and I got so bloated I had to loosen my belt. I think it's just bad energy.
indigovirgo
@indigovirgo
2 years ago
24 posts

Thanks TigerLily and Karma. I will definitely look into balancing the Solar Plexus chakra.

Lavender&rose
Lavender&rose
@lavenderrose
2 years ago
82 posts

Any Virgos who don't have digestive problems?!

When I was younger, from childhood strongly and into my thirties, my empath expressed itself through my digestive system, very painful. The more I've got to understand it and listen to it and learn to look after myself, the less problems I have in this area, thank god.

I have noticed if I sit next to someone with say wind problems, I will instantly pick up wild wind! People with eating disorders really set my gut off, also. But it's clearly not mine and leaves with a bit of awareness and healing attention from me before I get home, usually. Learning to recognize this stuff - not mine - and clear it, is a wonderful thing.

If I'm distressed or anxious, I experience my own set of symptoms in this area - but it has all got a lot better with age, and learning self-care, I guess.

In answer to your questions - I think it can be a combo of all three, and it all works in an interactive way - the gut brain, the empath antennae (largely centred in the gut areas, in my view), the nervous system - all interplaying and relating messages to one another. The sooner you can get your physical gut soothed, and this needs emotional and psychological soothing to occur, the sooner you'll feel better on all levels, and also start making room in your gut over time for greater clarity.

For me it took many years to get any clarity, so I worked on the physical and emotional aspects of my painful digestive tract issues(a lot of anxiety)- but really it was a godsend for me as it all got so bad and sent me such strong messages about who was okay for me to be around and who wasn't in my personal and social life, I made some good life changes as a result of it.

Good luck with your situation.

indigovirgo
@indigovirgo
2 years ago
24 posts

Yes. Lavender and Rose- we virgos do love to chew up our guts when we are stressed.

Its gotten much worse for me as I have gotten older- but from what I am learning both my sacral and solar plexus chakras are well out of balance. In addition, there is a inherited tendency toward anxiety.

Thanks for your insightful response.

Cat Whisperer
Cat Whisperer
@cat-whisperer
2 years ago
780 posts
Ah yes, gut problems all of my life. Even as a small child I had trouble, funny, the doctors couldn't find a cause. One came to the conclusion that I must have had worms, so the doc had my mom give me worm medicine! Didn't help! I had a counselor tell me that I eat my problems. Took me 50 years to realize that it was the constant influx of outside "garbage". Since becoming aware of my empathness it has gotten better. I take better care of my spiritual self...that has helped a lot. I still have anxiety that settles in my gut, but I am realizing that it is not my stuff coming in. That realization helps calm the anxiety. Now I just accept the feeling, that acceptance, without resistance helps. I found that meditation was the best treatment for such. Also eating yogurt helps get all the good bacteria in check as well. Good luck!
Rene''
Rene''
@rene
2 years ago
1,195 posts
I also started out at a young age with stomach problems. At age 5 or 6 everytime I was placed in a stressful situation, which was regularly , I would throw up and terrible stomach pain. I stayed so nervous. I was very shy and didn't won't to attend scho fear of people looking at me. The doctors called it a nervous stomach. By age 10 the were calling it stomach spasms still hated socializing with people I clung to my animals. I kept my hair long and in my face so I could hide. My teenage years I came out of some of it but was hospitalized several time for dehydration due to uncontrollable throwing up. Then...in my early 20's , while listening to my controlling parents telling me what I needed to be doing with my life "I talked back to them" and the world did not stop turning and lighting did not strike me down. Yes, I was raised by narcissist parents and that kept me in a black hole my entire childhood and was the cause for my inferiority complex and most of my stomach problems. I choose a career that included speaking in front of groups of people and decision making and I did very well. But I still occasionally have spells with my stomach when circumstances are out of my control. But it's hard to forget being a small child, throwing up uncontrollably and no adult would come to help me because "I was just wanting attention", so they would say. Narcissism is pure evil.
Cat Whisperer
Cat Whisperer
@cat-whisperer
2 years ago
780 posts
Oh Rene'...that's terrible! I feel for you. It sounds like you have grown in spite of your narciss upbringing. Bless your heart :)
indigovirgo
@indigovirgo
2 years ago
24 posts

Im not even sure if I had narcissistic parents or not. What would be some tell tale signs? I know what narcissists are like as friends or lovers- but not sure how that looks in parenting.

indigovirgo
@indigovirgo
2 years ago
24 posts

I relate to much of this. Thanks for sharing.

Lavender&rose
Lavender&rose
@lavenderrose
2 years ago
82 posts

There was a woman who used to post on the old Empath Tribes site who I found helpful in a lot of ways - and she used to say that we needed to resize our Solar Plexus chakras, that they should be no more than five inches across,I think it was.

Mine was blasted wide open until recently which was nice for everyone else, but no so nice for me. I have made some effort since then to resize mine by gently drawing a small clockwise (digestive system direction) on my solar plexus and encouraging it to close down a bit, just gently tracing the circle when I am out in an emotionally charged situation, etc etc, or when I feel alarm, if I think of it, and telling it to be smaller now.

I think mine got that way through trauma. Good for survival - but no way to live a life.

I also rub my abdomen in that clockwise (if I was wearing a clockface, clockwise facing out ie) direction and use heat packs to soothe it if need be. Hands on stuff for an empath can be very healing as we (or I do!) tend to have healing hands.

Rene''
Rene''
@rene
2 years ago
1,195 posts
Yes and I'm sorry for your experiences also Sarah but know we are here for a reason and it is to reflect the love within us , not for the pain that we was subjected to. I'm not a perfect person but I'm know I'm not like them. We are light the way for others to follow and to show them their is life after being raised by narcissist.
Rene''
Rene''
@rene
2 years ago
1,195 posts
Me tooo.
Cheshire Cat
Cheshire Cat
@cheshire-cat
2 years ago
1,345 posts

I agree with all that's been said. I just want to add that this can lead to serious, even life threatening physical problems, so I urge those of you with this to be checked out.

I also threw up a lot as a child and was constantly told I was high strung. I was about 7 when I realized I was fundamentally different from others in some way, but over age 50 before I ever heard the word empath.

I now have these annoying physical conditions: Irritable bowel syndrome, dumping syndrome alternating with gastroparesis, repeating bouts of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth.

I also have these dangerous illnesses from this: bile reflux, Barrett's esophagus, chronic gastritis, intestinal metaplasia, malabsorption syndrome. Three of those can take your life and one will shorten it by an average of 20% if not treated, and the med for it is super expensive.

Recently, I let someone who initially seemed like the perfect friend draw me down to where I was a puddle on the floor and I had a relapse of gastritis that included stomach bleeding, resulting in expensive, uncomfortable tests and a permanent liquid and baby foods only diet. I am really getting sick of smoothies!

I keep the phone ringers turned off in our house now and never answer the phone. If it is one of my old pals whom I trust, I call them back. Even our business clients just have to leave a message on the machine. I can't watch most TV now as it is too noisy and violent. My nerves are so raw now, I wear headphones to block out traffic and other noise during the day and use a white noise machine at night to sleep.

It took repeated lessons, often with narcissists, to make me finally get the lesson from this last situation that I MUST put myself first, hold everyone at arm's length until I am sure they are not using me or mentally unstable, and not be so open or invest myself emotionally until then. I thank this person for finally providing me with this much needed truth that I was too much of a martyr to learn until now.

I used to think first and always of how bad I might make the other person feel by insisting on boundaries or ending a relationship I'd started once I realized it was not right for me, but now I see two things: 1) not defending my needs is enabling the user, and 2) what about how bad the other person is already making ME feel by treating me with such disrespect??? I know some of you can relate to me when I say that I never even thought of that!

I have been a daily meditator for decades, but until we put ourselves first in our own lives without guilt, I do not believe that is enough. I hope my post will keep just one person from ending up as sick as I am.

Namaste to all,

Cheshire Cat

Kit Kat
Kit Kat
@kit-kat
2 years ago
232 posts

I recently found out I had SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) For anyone suffering from IBS - this may very well be the answer for you :) It is one of the leading causes of IBS. I would love to help anyone I can by sharing this info. - especially since I suffered for about two years with terrible symptoms before I found out what was really wrong. Also, this condition can be treated homeopathically, which is amazing :) I still have a finicky digestive system, but at least the pain is going away...

Homeopathic remedies:

-Organic cranberry Juice

-Turmeric (the more Curcuminoids the better)

-Peppermint

-Lemon

-Garlic

Kit Kat
Kit Kat
@kit-kat
2 years ago
232 posts

Have you heard of S.I.B.O.? The symptoms you mentioned are similar to what I had/have... I had multiple G.I. doctors write my symptoms off as IBS and "psychological issues" like anxiety, so I did my own research for cures, and now things are better (not perfect, but 1000X more manageable). :)

TigerLily
TigerLily
@tigerlily
2 years ago
443 posts
I also suffer from non diabetic hypoglycemia, made a dramatic change to my diet and it has helped my digestive issues tremendously. I also live in a big city, and retreat out from time to time and notice a big difference in how I feel. I plan out moving for good next year as I couldn't believe all my nature escapades and love for the water has been so cleansing.

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