Medical questions & health advice by board certified doctors

"Can nausea be caused by worrying too much?"

ZocdocAnswersCan nausea be caused by worrying too much?


I'm going through a stressful time with some family issues and boyfriend stuff. I feel nauseous a lot. Is my stress or my worrying making this happen? Stomach is just so weird feeling.


Stress and anxiety have very complex effects on the body. For example, being chronically or acutely stressed out can lead to problems with sleep and appetite, fatigue, nausea, and many other symptoms! This all just illustrates how closely connected our minds and bodies are and what profound effects they can have on each other. Regulating stress is very important. You can try to do this, at least at first, by trying to eat healthy, balanced meals regularly and making sure to get some exercise every day. This will go a long way toward making you feel better. Avoiding caffeine and alcohol is also very helpful. Finally, trying to establish a good sleep rhythm where you go to bed at about the same time every night and get 6-7 hours of good sleep can help. At the same time, especially if these stress reducing measures do not work, you have to consider other potential causes of your nausea. For example, acid reflux disease, inflammation of the stomach lining (gastritis) and stomach ulcers can also produce nausea and a "weird sensation" in the stomach. If the symptoms persist you will want to go see your primary care doctor to see what else might be going on.

Zocdoc Answers is for general informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor (in the United States) 911 immediately. Always seek the advice of your doctor before starting or changing treatment. Medical professionals who provide responses to health-related questions are intended third party beneficiaries with certain rights under Zocdoc’s Terms of Service.