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A 35-year-old male asked:

Can constant worry and stress(and anxiety) cause severe gastrointestinal problems? 35 male.ty.

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Absolutely: Chronic stress keeps your body in a state of "fright or flight". This inhibits your digestive process and can lead to stomach problems.
Dr. Olukayode Awosika
Psychiatry 31 years experience
You betcha!: Anxiety may certainly cause gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea, constipation, gas, unexplained pain or discomfort. Depending on the type of anxiety, it may lead to disruption of the neural tone of the gut lining leading to erosion and inflammation, or cause excessive swallowing of air in cases of panic both leading to discomfor or pain.

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