There was a process of time in my life when I ended up with stomach aches bent over in bathrooms in many different homes and businesses. I would hear my stomach making horrible grumbling sounds and I would be doubles over not knowing if it was going to result in vomit or diarrhea.
I even experienced this on my honeymoon. The tension and anxiety created from the large wedding that we had successfully planned and enjoyed caused my colon to go into spasms. While my husband quietly slept oblivious to my agony I spent an hour or so locked in the bathroom. Our hotel room had its own personal swimming pool and a huge dome sky light lighting the pool next to the bathroom that I lived such agony. I can recall several New Years Eve celebrations that I spent in the bathroom in pain. It seemed to hit at the oddest times and seemed to be related to social anxiety. If I was in a new social setting I could end up experiencing stomach cramps, pain and diarrhea and sometimes vomiting.
I found the root cause to my problem one day when reading a book. The author shared a story of his success over stomach cramps and colon spasms. He said that he found that the root in his life was trying to please people and the anxiety in his life created by that people pleasing fear caused the cramping and pain.
I realized that his story sounded similar to mine and I decided if he could get over it so could I. Right then I made up my mind to stop the painful cycle. The stomach cramping episodes became less and less frequent as I addressed the real issue of fear of social settings and fear of disappointing people. It was a process that was well worth it. Now if I ever start to experience those old familiar symptoms I take them to be my body warning me to relax and not take life so seriously. I have learned to lighten up. Its OK if I forget the desert that I was supposed to bring or if I don’t have on the right clothing for the situation. If I have to be in a new social setting I on purpose control my thoughts not letting my mind get overwhelmed with negative, fearful thoughts. I spend extra time preparing my clothing and asking questions about social etiquette so that I can be at peace internally and externally. Its a painful way to live trying to look like you have it together on the outside when on the inside you are a bunch of nerves and anxiety. I also am more aware of the things I eat in social settings as they can also work with anxiety to trigger the spasms. Check out this website for more help on anxiety and colon cramps: http://www.colon-cleanse-constipation.com/colon-spasms.html