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Does IBS make you chronically bloated an feel like constipated an more ?When im stressed it flares more

Does IBS make you chronically bloated an feel like constipated an more ?When im stressed it flares more

Abdominal Discomfort: Ibs is a functional disorder affecting how food moves through your GI tract. Lower abdominal pain, cramping, bloating with diarrhea, constipation or both are common signs. It can be triggered by stress/anxiety or different foods. The diagnosis is usually made by ruling out other disorders. ...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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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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Can constipation cause navel pain ? Not constant & not severe either just a quick discomfort im so constipated due to stress I have tiny bowlments

Can constipation cause navel pain ? Not constant & not severe either just a quick discomfort im so constipated due to stress I have tiny bowlments

Possible: When bowels are not moving appropriately, gas can build up inside and can cause bowels to cramp, which causes the discomfort that we feel. Drinking plenty of water, avoid prolonged sitting and excessive meat consumption can decrease chance of constipation. Increase fiber intake by eating more leafy vegetables, fruits, or nuts can also help. ...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

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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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Been constipated over a week. Have to strain to have bm. Been very stressed lately. Could this be from anxity or more serious?

Been constipated over a week. Have to strain to have bm.  Been very stressed lately. Could this be from anxity or more serious?

Constipation: Constipation results often from dehydration, not eating enough fiber, sedentary lifestyle, use of certain medications, etc. For regular bowel movements, drink at least 8, 8oz glasses of water a day or more. Also plenty of leafy green and other vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. Eating prunes every day may help. Exercise regularly. Fiber supplement. More info: http://tinyurl.Com/3rwjth3. ...Read more

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I have been eating 1200-1300 cal. (most days) and exercising 5x/wk. I eat more on weekends but maintain my weight. But this week I gained 2.5 lbs! I have been stressed and constipated. Is that why?

I have been eating 1200-1300 cal. (most days) and exercising 5x/wk.  I eat more on weekends but maintain my weight. But this week I gained 2.5 lbs!  I have been stressed and constipated.  Is that why?

Could be something: else that is causing the minimal flux in weight "gain"; menstration, medication, type of exercise, stress, time of day, and fluid status at the time the weight measurement is taken effect weight. Measure your progress in greater time increments to get a better gauge of your true progress. ...Read more

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Does stress make your constipation worse? I've been suffering from chronic constipation and it gets worse in extreme stressful periods. Why is that ?

Does stress make your constipation worse? I've been suffering from chronic constipation and it gets worse in extreme stressful periods. Why is that ?

Constipation: When stressed, you may unconsciously change your diet and also drink less water -- which could lead to changes in bowel habits (constipation). Also, if you have some form of ibs, stress could also worsen this. Your gut is richly innervated, and responds to all kinds of stimuli. Many people, however, notice diarrhea with stress rather than constipation. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Constipation (Definition)

Constipation is difficulty passing ...Read more