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A 26-year-old female asked:

Why does stress cause hard stool? i eat healthy & drink enough water. i know stress can slow peristalsis but i go every 24 hrs so it's not that.

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Colon spasm: Irritable bowel syndrome (ibs) is a condition associated with abdominal discomfort, altered stool pattern, &among others accompanying nausea, bloating, gassiness. Often improved by stooling, ibs is defined by changes in perception of gut distension, motility, sensation. Diet &emotional stress may contribute. Ibs is a diagnosis of exclusion--first rule out inflammation, ischemia, infection.

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Last updated May 31, 2017

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