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A 22-year-old female asked:

Having to poop after meals and upset stomach. lots of loose stools plus loss of appetite. could it be stress? i have been under a lot of stress lately

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
GI disturbance: There are numerous possibilities here and an evaluation would have to be rather extensive. See a gastroenterologist if necessary. Yes, "stress" may create physical manifestations with the GI tract as a target (called somatization), but before making that assumption you should be sure it is nothing more serious. You might try eating unpasteurized yogurt 2 or 3 times a day. Sometimes helps. Best.

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