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I suffered 4 months ago with really bad anxiety , depression , panick attacks could this have caused me to develope IBS ? I have all the symptoms !

I suffered 4 months ago with really bad anxiety , depression , panick attacks could this have caused me to develope IBS ? I have all the symptoms !

Maybe, maybe not: Are you sure it is IBS? This is a classic situation showing how critically important is to have a thorough (extensive) intake with your doctor to go over all your problems, and the time course of those problems, as well as all the ancillary history. It is imperative to avoid "knee-jerk" diagnosis which insurance companies push us to make by rewarding fast appointments. ...Read more

Dr. Charles Cattano
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Definition)

Irritable bowel syndrome, also known as IBS, is a long-term disorder of gastrointestinal functioning. It results in abdominal discomfort, pain, bloating, stomach cramps, diarrhea, and constipation. Additionally, patients with IBS usually have problems with gut motility. Triggers for IBS include certain foods, and elevated stress levels. Lastly, symptoms of IBS ...Read more


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Can IBS cause anxiety?

Can IBS cause anxiety?

Yes, I think so.: But this is definitely a two way road! anxiety can most certainly cause gastrointestinal symptoms. I am confident that good psychotherapy would help to relieve the severity of both conditions. I would suggest avoiding medication for anxiety since the side effects of many medications include a variety of gastrointestinal problems. Learn how to live in a well balanced manner and feel better soon. ...Read more

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My IBS is caused by my intense anxiety and stress issues. How long until my stress gone will my IBS also go? Would it be immediately goneafter stress?

Stress is part of : life. Having IBS itself can cause stress. It's what you do to manage your anxiety & depression that may ease your symptoms of IBS. Seek diagnosis & management of your chronic conditions by a psychiatrist & a psychologist, rather than expecting stress to disappear suddenly from your life. Panic disorder, PTSD & a host of other psychiatric conditions have associations with IBS. ...Read more

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I have had thick BM but for past wks. I have daily BM but small. Can IBS, tension or anxiety cause rectal liquid laxa. to only expel clear water?

IBS: This sounds a bit like IBS to me. You can have even mucous discharge as a symptom of IBS. Anxiety can lead to worsening of the IBS. A rectal enema or laxative can sometimes not work and only water comes back out. I would also try to take a fiber rich supplement regularly for a week or two. ...Read more

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I have horrible depression and anxiety and now it has caused me physical problems like ibs. Will controlling depression/anxiety help relieve my ibs?

I have horrible depression and anxiety and now it has caused me physical problems like ibs. Will controlling depression/anxiety help relieve my ibs?

Possibly: As far as i know, the exact cause of ibs is unknown, although there are many contributing factors such as faulty communication between the brain and intestines, genetics, hormones, and stress. Reducing stress, regardless of the source, in conjunction with diet modifications, can only help. ...Read more

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I weighed 125 3 months ago and now i weigh180. My weight just continues to rise i drink plenty of water and eat smart. Could IBS or anxiety cause this?

I weighed 125 3 months ago and now i weigh180. My weight just continues to rise i drink plenty of water and eat smart. Could IBS or anxiety cause this?

Weight gain: If you are watching your portions and exercising 5 times per week for at least 30 minutes. You should not gain so much weight so quickly. See your doctor to rule out hypothyroidism or PCO - polycystic ovarian syndrome. Anxiety and sleep disruption can cause your cortisol level to rise and potentially cause weight gain, but that amount is dramatic, so be sure to get a full workup. ...Read more

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I was Dx w/IBS younger. Im 28. What causes variation in stool size & shape excluding cancer? Could tension/anxiety/IBS cause the change? Why? Thank yo

I was Dx w/IBS younger. Im 28. What causes variation in stool size & shape excluding cancer? Could tension/anxiety/IBS cause the change? Why? Thank yo

See answer: altered bowel habits is a feature of IBS and relates to several factors including spasms of the bowel, altered bacterial environment, and sensitivity to certain food triggers. For many IBS patients, stress/anxiety seem to provoke the already sensitive nerves and can flare up their IBS symptoms. More info here: http://www.uptodate.com/contents/irritable-bowel-syndrome-beyond-the-basics Good luck! ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more