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Can stress and thinking too much cause digestive problems?

Can stress and thinking too much cause digestive problems?

Absolutely: The digestive system is very sensitive to stress in many people. From top to bottom, symptoms can include nausea, lack of appetite, stomach pains, stomach gurgling, diarrhea or constipation. It's best to manage the stress itself; in the meantime you might try over-the-counter digestive aids like pepto-bismol. See a doctor if symptoms are severe or persist. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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What are some common causes of digestive problems related to stress?

What are some common causes of digestive problems related to stress?

Causes: Your response to stress can affect your nervous system which in turn influence the way your digestion works through the vagus nerve and endocrine changes. ...Read more

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Does stress cause stomach or digestive problems?

Does stress cause stomach or digestive problems?

It can but...: It's important to rule out other causes of digestive problems first. Stress often makes symptoms worse, and learning ways to handle stress can significantly improve symptoms and often the course of disease. This is how mind-body medicine practitioners can help. ...Read more

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Can not drinking enough water cause digestive problems? I am 32 yo male, 175lbs. How much should I be drinking?

Can not drinking enough water cause digestive problems? I am 32 yo male, 175lbs. How much should I be drinking?

Yes.: Not drinking enough water causes colon to maximally reabsorb water from stool in distal colon producing constipation. Minimum water intake is driven by obligatory losses which are 1600 ml/day. Minimum fluid intake is therefore 1600 ml per day divided among fluids - 500 cc/day, water in food - 800 cc/day and water derived from metabolism - 300 cc/day. Beating the minimum is a good idea. ...Read more

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What digestive problems can anxiety and worry cause?

What digestive problems can anxiety and worry cause?

Anxiety/ worry: Nausea, emesis, constipation, loose stools, cramping ; change in bowel habitus. It can also effect conditions which you already have such as irritable bowel syndrome or ulcer. ...Read more

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What could cause both thyroid and digestive problems?

What could cause both thyroid and digestive problems?

Thyroid: Thyroid disorders are usually autoimmune on nature. Some GI issues are as well. These include gastritis, colitis, and celiac disease. Many can be screened by simple lab tests. See an endocrinologist. ...Read more

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Can colitis cause complications with other digestive problems?

Can colitis cause complications with other digestive problems?

Please elaborate: Colitis is a non-specific term. There are many types of colitis. Which one do you have? For example ulcerative colitis is associated to many systemic other medical problems. ...Read more

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Why do antibiotics cause me digestive problems?

Why do antibiotics cause me digestive problems?

Gut flora: Gets rid of gut flora. Recommend taking probiotics with it. ...Read more

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