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Adrenaline causes stomach pain and panic attack symptoms

Whenever my body releases adrenaline, whether its from being startled, nervousness, excitement, or anything, I get a quick, sharp pain in my stomach/abdomen area that feels like an electric shock. I also begin to experiment panic attack symptoms like chest discomfort, and heart palpitations. The stomach area pain usually goes away within minutes, but sometimes it stays for a while, depending on how strong the adrenaline rush was.

Is this a brain issue, or a nervous system issue, and what could be causing the pain in my stomach area? Any suggestions on what this could be will help!
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You have no idea if your body is releasing adrenaline, right?  You aren't measuring it.  You're just assuming your body is releasing more than usual, but it actually might not be doing that at all.  The pain sounds like something akin to what we call butterflies some folks get when they get nervous.  You also would only know if you were having heart palps if you have been measured and diagnosed with that.  A lot of things feel like heart palps, but most aren't.  Anxious people have these kinds of sensations a lot.  Unless you've seen a medical professional and been diagnosed with a heart problem or an adrenal gland problem, you have no idea if you have those things.  What you do seem to have is an anxiety problem, and you deal with that first by seeing a psychologist who specializes in the treatment of anxiety.  If you get panic attacks, you're going to experience a lot of physical sensations along with it.  But the problem is the thoughts that cause the anxiety, again assuming there isn't an underlying physiological cause such as nutritional deficiencies, thyroid problems, blood sugar problems, etc.  And the brain and the nervous system are pretty much the same thing, as the brain controls most everything one way or the other.  So it's possible there's an underlying physiological cause, and it never hurts to get tested for all the things known to cause anxiety, but for most of us anxiety sufferers it's a mental issue in the way we think.  Therapists are your first stop in trying to deal with this.  
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I don't need a  therapist cause I don't have any anxiety issues, it's just pain that I get in my abdomen caused by adrenaline rushes. I'm thinking it may be an autonomic nervous system issue.
Hate to repeat myself, but again, you have no idea if you're having adrenaline rushes, and if you were, that's a sign of anxiety but could also be a sign of a thyroid problem or a problem with the adrenal gland.  If you get panic attacks, that's an anxiety issue.  You are describing what we would normally call butterflies, a temporary stomach sensation such as you'd get on a roller coaster.  You're also describing heart palps, again, something you have no idea if you're actually having or not.  You might feel like that's what's happening, but unless you've got diagnostic evidence it is happening it's just something you're labeling it.  And these things are bothering you enough to write in to a website like this one.  If it's just a very small problem that's not much of a bother to you, ignore it and move on.  But it did impel you to post here, and again, this is a classic symptom of panic or anxiety.  But it can also just be the way you react to surprises, you know?  If it isn't getting in the way of your life and you don't sit around thinking anxious thoughts, I'd try something like meditation or increase your exercise or do yoga or anything that evens out your body flow and again, move on.  If it's more than that, see a doc and see if there's in fact something like heart palps or excess cortisol production happening, but those things are unlikely and very hard to find.  If it's anxiety, see a therapist.  If you're fine with it, and just curious, again, try to find something that evens you out and ignore it.  Peace.
Lol okay
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