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Can stress cause constipation?

Can stress cause constipation?

Stress constipation: Stress can definitely cause constipation. An anal fissure can make the constipation even worse by causing the internal sphincter to tense, which makes it hard to defacate. Pain and blood-streaked french fry- like stool results. It is painful and a vicious circle. Surgical treatment of the fissure may help as may steroid suppositories. I don't know of any psychotherapy studies on these dynamics. ...Read more

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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Is constipation a symptom of stress?

Is constipation a symptom of stress?

It can be: The bowel is under the control of the lower brain that is a computer. For every signal that goes from the computer to the bowel there are 9 signals that go from the bowel to the brain. All this is automatic and below conscious level. Stress is handled by the computer so it could reflect in constipation. However, i don't think that it is a usual cause. ...Read more

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Can constipation be caused through high stress? I've never had such a problem before :(

Can constipation be caused through high stress? I've never had such a problem before :(

A big factor..: Significant stress can change for dietary/sleep habits as well as lowering your fluid intake which can affect your gut/intestinal function, hence causing your constipation etc..Try to get stress relief, aerobic exercise, eat well, drink plenty of fluid will likely help. If not, then consult doc to check for possible thyroid problem etc..Many meds can cause such as well..Good luck. ...Read more

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Can anxiety and stress be my sole cause of constipation?

Can anxiety and stress be my sole cause of constipation?

Anxiety and GI tract: Yes, anxiety can cause all kinds of gastrointestinal symptoms, including constipation. However, anxiety may not be the sole cause of your constipation. To help reduce constipation drink a lot of water, eat fruits and vegetables and try regular exercise. If constipation continues, get medically checked out to see if there are any other issues or medication recommendations. ...Read more

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Its been 2 nights that im feeling very nauseous and constipated. Can this be caused by stressed?

Its been 2 nights that im feeling very nauseous and constipated. Can this be caused by stressed?

Gastroenteritis: You may get a variety of gastrointestinal symptoms in association with anxiety due to stress, but there may be other issues going on. If this continues for more than 5-7 days would suggest that you see a doctor and be evaluated. Hope this is relieved soon. ...Read more

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Can you have pain on right side like appendix region with constipation ? Only had really small bowlments i'm constipated due to stress

Can you have pain on right side like appendix region with constipation ? Only had really small bowlments i'm constipated due to stress

Yes, because: Right side of colon can get distended and painful with constipation. If this is a persistent or recurrent problem, consult with your doctor. Chronic constipation can cause problems later in life. ...Read more

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I've been going through a lot lately and have been looking after my mum who is not good, so i've been stressed and not eating and constipated, ?

I've been going through a lot lately and have been looking after my mum who is not good, so i've been stressed and not eating and constipated, ?

It's time to take: Care of yourself. Aim for daily exercise, 8 hours of sleep per night & good nutrition with 5 servings of veggies & 4 of fruit per day. Try tai chi, yoga, qi gong, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing exercises & meditation. Don't isolate - spend time with friends and stay active. Supportive counseling might also be beneficial. Take care. ...Read more

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I've been constipated lately with lots of stress now there's a discomfort near my right rib. I also feel on a step in the same spot a while back?

I've been constipated lately with lots of stress now there's a discomfort near my right rib. I also feel on a step in the same spot a while back?

Many causes: Pain in that area could be from constipatin, gallbladder disease, or rib strain from injury. Other causes are less likley but possible as well.I recommend having a physical exam performed. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Constipation (Definition)

Constipation is difficulty passing ...Read more