When I compress my torso, around the lower intestines, I feel a subtle "tickle", and then a panic attack, elevated heart beats, shallow quick breathing, fear of constriction.
It is the same feeling I get when I put a belt on, or when I exercise, or exert myself. I am finding, as I gain more weight, a difficult to buy clothes that do not constrict and trigger.
I'm not sure what you mean by "the lower intestines". Do you mean lower abdomen?
The symptoms you declare are consistent with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). That's "doctor talk" to mean that it might be and probably is but doesn't rule out the other stuff it might be.
I think more survivors probably have IBS than the general population.
My IBS has greatly improved as I have continued on in counseling and working out my problems. Also my dream-life and sleep have improved. They probably all work together.
Also, I think survivors have more weight problems than others, although it's difficult to say as weight problems become epidemic. Some survivors are overweight and some are underweight.
When you talk of "compressing", it could be either because you have gas ("flattus" a word for gas, like in inflation) or even some chronic irritation there.
You can probably learn to sooth and relax your own muscles there but it will take some weeks of practice. Just sit or lie down in a quiet spot and think relaxing thoughts (no raucous music allowed). Then breath in and out rhythmically and slowly while thinking the relaxing thoughts.
I have bloating, gas and flatulence every afternoon, symptoms of cramping and fatigue weekly, alternating constipation and diarrhea every three days.
Yep, sounds like IBS.
Part of the solution, in addition to working out your emotional hurts, is to eat the right foods.
People with IBS need to make sure they get enough fiber in their diet (sounds cliche' ?). I have found that eating a large serving of vegetables with my meal helps me to lose weight and helps with the gas and cramping.
I keep frozen vegetables on hand. I like mixed vegetables, or green beans, or broccoli. Then I pour them frozen into a 1.5 cup pyrex measuring cup (full) and cook them in the microwave oven for 3.5 minutes. When they come out I pour some olive oil on them and salt. They taste good to me and help with the IBS. It seems like a large serving but it really makes me feel full and so it's easier to stop eating and then I don't want to eat sweets (