Benzo Belly: Our Gut in Withdrawal (Take 2)
Updated: Mar 22
Our gut can take a direct hit in benzo withdrawal. Pain, aches, cramps, digestive issues, inflammation, distention, and more. Why does this happen and what can we do about it? It’s time to revisit these symptoms and see what we can learn.
In today’s episode, we take a second look at the symptoms of the abdomen and digestive system. We also hear a benzo success story, talk about the long game of withdrawal, and hear some original music from one of our listeners.
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18:06 Benzo Story
23:39 FEATURE: Benzo Belly
49:20 Moment of Peace
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SPOTLIGHT (Original Music)
THE ALBUM: “Get Well” by Come Back K!
Streaming: Bandcamp (https://comebackk.bandcamp.com/album/get-well) /
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FEATURE: Benzo Belly: Our Gut in Withdrawal (Take 2)
Ashton, C. Heather. Benzodiazepines: How They Work and How to Withdraw (aka The Ashton Manual). 2002. Accessed April 13, 2016. https://easinganxiety.com/ashton.
“Everything you need to know about the vagus nerve.” Medical News Today. Accessed March 9, 2020. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/318128.
Foster, D E. Benzo Free: The World of Anti-Anxiety Drugs and the Reality of Withdrawal. Erie, Colorado: Denim Mountain Press, 2018. https://easinganxiety.com/book.
Salari, Pooneh, and Mohammad Abdollahi. “Systematic review of modulators of benzodiazepine receptors in irritable bowel syndrome: Is there hope?” World Journal of Gastroenterology. 2011 Oct 14. 17(38):4251-7. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v17.i38.4251.
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