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Does stress and anxiety cause the anal sphincter to be tighter than usual or it normally would be making it feel more difficult to pass stool?

Does stress and anxiety cause the anal sphincter to be tighter than usual or it normally would be making it feel more difficult to pass stool?

Anxiety/Constipation: Psychiatric component can play a role in your bowel habits. Everyone will have different response however. Patient can either have diarrhea or constipation or both. ...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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Low fiber diet and hard stool, *mild* stinging after passing a stool, &stress&anxiety do all those things sound like they could cause a hemorrhoid?

Low fiber diet and hard stool, *mild* stinging after passing a stool, &stress&anxiety do all those things sound like they could cause a hemorrhoid?

Yes. See your doctor: Your doctor will give you medication to clean out your intestine. Then you'll take a bulk laxative for at least 6 months to have peanut-butter consistency stools at least every other day. Sit on the toilet nightly for 15 minutes, 15 minutes after dinner. Chronic constipation causes anal fissures, hemorrhoids & stretches the walls of the colon, causing diverticulosis & diverticulitis later. ...Read more

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Feel like when I go through anxiety/stress my usually well behaved stomach causes me for past month to start burping alot, feel like food moves slowly down my throat, random pit of stomach pain, stool amount changes/BM's less frequent. No bloody BM.?

Feel like when I go through anxiety/stress my usually well behaved stomach causes me for past month to start burping alot, feel like food moves slowly down my throat, random pit of stomach pain, stool amount changes/BM's less frequent. No bloody BM.?

For some people -: The GI tract can be quite reaction to stress. Please work on reducing stress/ anxiety. Talking therapy ranks really high. Cognitive Behavioral therapy or psychotherapy can be effective. Aim for daily exercise, 8 hours of sleep per night & good nutrition w 5 servings of veggies & 4 of fruit per day. Try tai chi, yoga, Qi Gong, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing exercises & meditation. ...Read more

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Under a lot stress and anxiety. Went to the bathroom and stool was normal but there was a small of brown mucus floating. Should I be worried?!

Under a lot stress and anxiety. Went to the bathroom and stool was normal but there was a small of brown mucus floating. Should I be worried?!

Unlikely...: Unless you have diarrhea, constipation, blood in stool, abdominal pain, fever and feeling sick this should not be of major concern. However if you are experiencing any other symptoms you should be evaluated. ...Read more

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Can anxiety and stress change stool shapes, colour and ability to pass a stool?

Can anxiety and stress change stool shapes, colour and ability to pass a stool?

Stress/Bowel Pattern: Stress does not necessarily change stool color, but can affect bowel movement patterns. Some patients can have what is known as irritable bowel syndrome in which stools can vary from constipation to diarrhea. This condition is often diagnosed after all other organic/pathologic conditions are excluded. Wise to see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have very small amount of stool nd not in time, plus I have stress nd anxiety. Plz suggests me exact medicine for healthy digestion. Thanks?

I have very small amount of stool nd not in time, plus I have stress nd anxiety. Plz suggests me exact medicine for healthy digestion. Thanks?

Sounds like: Your constipated. Try to stay hydrated, remain active and increase your fiber intake. Also try to find something to aid in stress reduction like meditation or yoga or prayer. Also try to optimize your sleep, this should help too. It may also benefit you if you avoid caffeine for now if your really anxious. ...Read more

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I've had orangeish-light brown stool for a few days. Haven't been eating a whole lot due to stress and anxiety. Comes suddenly and is over with fast.

I've had orangeish-light brown stool for a few days. Haven't been eating a whole lot due to stress and anxiety. Comes suddenly and is over with fast.

Stress: So sorry to hear about the stress : (.

The abdomen and intestines are layered with many different nerves, so much so that we call it the "second brain". When you are stressed, you can have diarrhea, or constipation, or a host of different changes to your bowel habits. However, if you are ever having bloody or or black colored stool, you should see your doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Healing from hemorrhoid flareup, stool very random/loose. High stress/anxiety. Pain keeps going/coming back. Help!? Have switched to high fiber diet.

Healing from hemorrhoid flareup, stool very random/loose. High stress/anxiety. Pain keeps going/coming back. Help!? Have switched to high fiber diet.

I would be intereste: In anxiety prior to flare. If alternating constipation and diarrhea could b irrtible bowel, a type of functional somatic syndrome. If pain persistent keep using the hemmorroid med, if u can't sit, may be a clot in hemmorroid. It can be hard to resolve without a procedure. You may have fissure in the skin. Treat flare, 2aleve 2x/day w/1gm tylenol (acetaminophen) 6hr. Anxiety 2B considered, tx may help ibs sx. ...Read more

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Yellow color on toilet paper after bowel movement. Stool is normal light brown color. No other issues, however I do suffer from anxiety and stress.

Yellow color on toilet paper after bowel movement. Stool is normal light brown color. No other issues, however I do suffer from anxiety and stress.

No problem: Only worry about color if there is red-blood, no color ie pale or white or tarry black. Color changes based on what you eat. ...Read more

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Solid brown floating stool, cause for concern? 3 days now. Very stressed.

Solid brown floating stool, cause for concern? 3 days now. Very stressed.

No: Stool color is normally borown and consisgtency is usually solid. Floating stool can indicate a bit of fat in your dieatary intake, it isw not a disease state, simply cut down on fried, greasy or fatty foods and add fresh fruit and veggies to your diet- should help. ...Read more

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Under a lot of stress ibs runs in fam. Upper abd/back and lower abd pain. Gassy after meals. Can ibs cause floating oily stool or something else? I

Under a lot of stress ibs runs in fam. Upper abd/back and lower abd pain. Gassy after meals. Can ibs cause floating oily stool or something else? I

Not usually: Floating oily or greasy stools usually signify malabsorption, especially if persistent. There are many causes for the malabsorption syndrome. The following link will describe the different causes for malabsorption: http://bit. Ly/2bKXxoh ...Read more

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I have bleeding stools, I have been stressed for a few weeks, can this be a cause? Also, is there anything I can eat to stop them?

I have bleeding stools, I have been stressed for a few weeks, can this be a cause? Also, is there anything I can eat to stop them?

See your doc: It can be anywhere from hemorrhoidal bleed to an inflammatory bowel disease. As far as eating, best will be to go in bowel rest for few days with only clear liquids if possible. You definitely need to see your doc. ...Read more

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20 yr old female. Occasional red jelly like bits in stool. No other symptoms. Can stress cause this?

20 yr old female. Occasional red jelly like bits in stool. No other symptoms. Can stress cause this?

See doctor: Have a visit with the doctor and get this checked out. You may need stool studies and other things done. ...Read more

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Some loose stool, pain/burn in rectum after using restroom, small amt of bloody mucous last week, feel as though could go more sometimes. Causes? Stress

Some loose stool, pain/burn in rectum after using restroom, small amt of bloody mucous last week, feel as though could go more sometimes. Causes? Stress

IBS/proctitis: You may have IBS and the burning is an irritation of the anal/rectal tissues. Call your physican for evaluation. Cortisone rectal cream is avialble for the burning and you will need to be checked for a rectal fissue or fistula. ...Read more

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Why does stress cause hard stool? I eat healthy & drink enough water. I know stress can slow peristalsis but I go every 24 hrs so it's not that.

Why does stress cause hard stool? I eat healthy & drink enough water. I know stress can slow peristalsis but I go every 24 hrs so it's not that.

Colon spasm: Irritable bowel syndrome (ibs) is a condition associated with abdominal discomfort, altered stool pattern, &among others accompanying nausea, bloating, gassiness. Often improved by stooling, ibs is defined by changes in perception of gut distension, motility, sensation. Diet &emotional stress may contribute. Ibs is a diagnosis of exclusion--first rule out inflammation, ischemia, infection. ...Read more

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23 year old male had 7 colds already this year now another one. Doctor did blood, urine and stool sample all good. I have stress, is that cause?

23 year old male had 7 colds already this year now another one. Doctor did blood, urine and stool sample all good. I have stress, is that cause?

"Cold": Your frequent"colds" may in fact be due to allergies. An appointment with an allergist might resolve your problem ...Read more

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Does anal fissure or what disease cause headaches / Stress / loss appetite / itchy after stool / sometimes blood in stool / stressing out about it?

Does anal fissure or what disease cause headaches / Stress / loss appetite / itchy after stool / sometimes blood in stool / stressing out about it?

Different conditions: An anal fissure or hemorrhoids can cause blood in stool and anal pruritus or itchiness. The headaches and stress may be due to a different condition. A possible link would be through a degree of anemia if the rectal bleed has been going on for a while. Stress is the disease of the century and lifestyle changes are usually necessary. Talk to your doc about your symptoms at next visit. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed w/ IBS younger. When stressed I have IBS-C. Noticed one day green stools and now I had yellow. Lots of gas Can IBS-C cause this? Why

I was diagnosed w/ IBS younger. When stressed I have IBS-C. Noticed one day green stools and now I had yellow. Lots of gas Can IBS-C cause this? Why

Yes: IBS irritable bowel syndrome is the irrational behavior of the bowel nobody know for sure why it decided to act the way it does some time diarrhea sometime constipation some time gas other time spasm and pain some time bloating like nine month prefnant
stree always number one
food is number two for some reason we think medicine can force the guts to like everything wrong stay away from that food ...Read more

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Could stress and anxiety cause sle type symptoms?

Could stress and anxiety cause sle type symptoms?

Yes but. ..: Stress can cause anxiety, headaches, fatigue, and muscle aches. These are also some of the symptoms of lupus. Stress and anxiety are common. Lupus erythematosus is an uncommon disease. If you are concerned about the possibility of lupus, see a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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What could cause a litte bleeding for one day (not period), and after some days the same event? Could stress and anxiety do that & even delay nxt period?

What could cause a litte bleeding for one day (not period), and after some days the same event? Could stress and anxiety do that & even delay nxt period?

Stress: Stress can certainly cause changes to your period, even delay the next period. If this is a persistent problem, see your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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Could stress and anxiety cause swollen hands?

Could stress and anxiety cause swollen hands?

Anxiety and stress: You might want to consult with your doctor about this. Stress and anxiety results in a lot of things, but so do medical conditions. The stress and anxiety might be happening at the same time as the swollen hands, not causing them. Best to get the swollen hands, stress and anxiety checked out. ...Read more

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Could stress and anxiety cause an irregular or rapid heart beat?

Could stress and anxiety cause an irregular or rapid heart beat?

Yes: Stress and anxiety can cause heart rate to go up may even cause irregular heart beat. ...Read more

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Could stress and anxiety cause months long of daily heart flutters in a 19 year old?

Could stress and anxiety cause months long of daily heart flutters in a 19 year old?

You would have to: Rule out medical causes before making a determination that this was anxiety induced. ...Read more

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No health problems. Frequent peeing, dehydration, rapid heart rate, stress, weakness. Could stress and anxiety cause dehydration? I've had 4 ivs.

No health problems. Frequent peeing, dehydration, rapid heart rate, stress, weakness. Could stress and anxiety cause dehydration? I've had 4 ivs.

Dehydration: I don't what types of tests you have had but diabetes insipid us and diabetes mellitus need to be ruled out. Also other endocrine abnormalities including pituitary tumor needs to be ruled out. ...Read more

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Could anxiety be caused by other reasons besides depression/stress/worry?

Could anxiety be caused by other reasons besides depression/stress/worry?

Anxiety: Anxiety is a description of an emotion, a collection of symptoms, and even a category of mental illnesses. Depression, stress, and worry are equally big labels with variable meanings to different people. Symptoms of anxiety can result from many sources, including physical conditions such as hyperthyroidism, certain occult GI tumors called pheochromocytomas, alcohol ; other drug withdrawal, etc. ...Read more

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Can stress and anxiety cause pots? Could Paxil (paroxetine) cause it? I just got diagnosed with pots and I'm not sure why I have it.

Can stress and anxiety cause pots? Could Paxil (paroxetine) cause it? I just got diagnosed with pots and I'm not sure why I have it.

Not Paxil (paroxetine): The primary causal mechanisms in pots remain unclear and are likely heterogeneous. Some people develop symptoms in their teenage years during a period of rapid growth and see gradual improvement into their mid-twenties. Others develop pots after a viral or bacterial infection such as mononucleosis, pneumonia, or lyme disease while others develop symptoms after experiencing some sort of trauma suchas a car accident. I recommend that you read up more about it on wikipedia. Com. Type in capital pots and you will be directed to the website that has an excellent up to date review of this poorly understood condition. ...Read more

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I've had bad anxiety lately. I've been watched a lot at work and I'm stressing. I'm 20 years old. Could stress at work cause anxiety?

Yes: Work-related stress and overload is a common cause of anxiety. Consider talking with a mental health professional for guidance and coping strategies. Your pcp is a good person to ask for a referral. Don't be shy or embarrassed. Good to ask for help here and reach out for support. I hope this helps. Take care. ...Read more

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What could cause rapid BP spikes (30-40/10-20) that isn't stress, anxiety or diet related. Been to 5 doctors including a cardiologist and no answer?

What could cause rapid BP spikes (30-40/10-20) that isn't stress, anxiety or diet related. Been to 5 doctors including a cardiologist and no answer?

Labile blopressure: You have labile blood pressure. There is no particular cause, but some people are more sensitive to external stress, and their blood pressure will show it. It the upper ranges
put you in the hypertensive range, treatment may be indicated. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Have you ever heard of racing thoughts when you eat anything? What illness could cause this? I have no anxiety or stress, so it isn't that.

Don't know of: Any psychiatric conditions that present in this manner. Might consult with your doctor to see if there is a metabolic disturbance. ...Read more

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How could anxiety/stress cause severe lightheadedness for 7 weeks? Worsening when moving around e.g grocery shopping.?

How could anxiety/stress cause severe lightheadedness for 7 weeks? Worsening when moving around e.g grocery shopping.?

Anxiety shows itself: In may ways. Once can mentally obsess over things that frighten the person or do behaviors to keep danger away, e.g., ritual behaviors, checking and re-checking. Physically there can be heart palpitations, shortness of breath, sweating, sleeplessness, etc. Please go to a mental health professional for support if you think you have an anxiety disorder. Please see your doc. ...Read more

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Left side of cheek has a numb feeling that comes and goes. Started happening after a lot of stress/anxiety. What could cause this?

Numbness: If this only happens when you are stressed then it could be simply due to the anxiety.

If there are other things that bring it on then you should probably see a neurologist to rule out anything dangerous. ...Read more

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More aware of visual snow or tv static in vision lately (not floaters). Could this be caused by anxiety/stress? Stress has been up lately.

More aware of visual snow or tv static in vision lately (not floaters). Could this be caused by anxiety/stress? Stress has been up lately.

Eye exam and CBT: Rule out any possible eye disease by an exam - not just sight test. Then consider a psych eval by a psychologist to Dx and give treatment recommendations. CBT is a way to optimize your mental health outcome. Medication alone is less effective. Learn how to handle stress. Best! ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

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