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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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

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Can mild constipation (going 3x per wk) cause fecal odor that's bad in public/when stressed but better at rest? Other cause? Have veg & water in diet.

Can mild constipation (going 3x per wk) cause fecal odor that's bad in public/when stressed but better at rest? Other cause? Have veg & water in diet.

Possibly: Try eating unpasteurized yogurt three times a day or taking a probiotic and adding some otc fiber additive to take daily. This will bulk up the stool, and change the nature of bacteria in gut which will alter the odor. If this does not work see a GI doctor. If the constipation is of recent onset, get checked for thyroid function. ...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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I've been constipated for a month but i've been very busy and stressed and right now i'm gassy, and my stool is very small. Please help?

I've been constipated for a month but i've been very busy and stressed and right now i'm gassy, and my stool is very small. Please help?

Daily fiber like: Raisin bran, skim milk with a glass of prune juice could gently regulate your bm's ( normal is at least one daily ).If backed up for a few days you may need a few doses of milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) to get things moving. Good luck. ...Read more

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Stomach feels empty,I was constipated,now the boating went down from causes of stress,some sharp pains randomly in stomach?

See a physician: 16 yo woman with constipation, bloating, sharp abdominal pains, and stomach feeling empty. Patient did not state whether her constipation was relieved, this is a one time or recurring problem; any other ongoing medical problems or any medications. Symptoms could be due to simple constipation, but also a multitude of other conditions, some of which may be serious. Please see a doctor. ...Read more

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Constipation (Definition)

Constipation is difficulty passing ...Read more