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What is the relationship between intestinal spasms and anxiety state?

What is the relationship between intestinal spasms and anxiety state?

Anxiety: Precipitates a flood of adrenaline in your system in preparation for fight or flight. Adrenaline causes all types of muscle to contract, including intestinal muscles. ...Read more

Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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What is the relationship between intestinal spasms and mental state like anxiety?

What is the relationship between intestinal spasms and mental state like anxiety?

Stress hormones: The flight or fight reaction to stress includes emptying the gut. Also durctfallen in german means failure & diarrhea! (:. ...Read more

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I get stomach, intestinal pain WHENEVER Scared or under intense stress or worried about being disrespected and wen upset, solutions plz? For anxiety

Neuropeptides: The limbic system, the emotional control center of the brain, and the digestive tract are two places where neuropeptides are produced in heavy concentration. But as Dr. Candace Pert described in "Molecules of Emotion" we interpret the physical sensation according to how we interpret the event. This is the difference between two people interpreting the same event in different ways. Effective therap ...Read more

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My father just passed away yesterday. I am experiencing headaches, anxiety and intestinal pain. The pain has worsened should I go to ER or walkin

My father just passed away yesterday. I am experiencing headaches, anxiety and intestinal pain. The pain has worsened should I go to ER or walkin

Sorry to hear about: Your loss. You will probably find it to get quicker help by going to a Walk in Clinic rather than the ER. You can also see your family doc. In any case, do get yourself checked out. If symptoms pre-dated your dad's death or continue, a clinical psychologist can offer stress management help. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I had a mini anxiety attack, went for a walk and had a banana. I still have anxiety but also have major gas and intestinal rumbling. What is going on?

I had a mini anxiety attack, went for a walk and had a banana. I still have anxiety but also have major gas and intestinal rumbling. What is going on?

Aerophagia: Air swallowing can occur during an anxiety reaction. Also the gi tract is a target organ of stress for many people. Discuss stress management therapy with your physician to minimize future episodes. ...Read more

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I take wellbutrin (bupropion) for depression/anxiety. I also have cerebral palsy. A friend told me that wellbutrin (bupropion) makes spasticity worse. Is this true?

I take wellbutrin (bupropion) for depression/anxiety. I also have cerebral palsy. A friend told me that wellbutrin (bupropion) makes spasticity worse. Is this true?

No it is not true: Even though wellbrutin has several CNS side effects but it does not make spasticity worse. It can cause trmors, pseudoparkinson (which is involuntary movements) and others but will have no effect on spasticity. ...Read more

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Have ibs-c and continuous intestinal and colon pain, anxiety. Celexa (citalopram) and antispasmodics don't help with pain. Suggestions/alternatives?

Have ibs-c and continuous intestinal and colon pain, anxiety. Celexa (citalopram) and antispasmodics don't help with pain. Suggestions/alternatives?

See your doctor: I'd go back to my doctor until he/she finds the right potion for my symptoms. You may want to consider a second opinion. ...Read more

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I have anxiety can anxiety affect the digestive an bowel system and can it cause chronic fatique?

I have anxiety can anxiety affect the digestive an bowel system and can it cause chronic fatique?

Yes: Anxiety can modulate the autonomic nervous system, therefore the effectiveness of mindfulness therapies and biofeedback. People with chronic anxiety can have unrefreshing sleep causal of chronic daytime fatigue. ...Read more

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Any correlation between irritable bowel syndrome and anxiety?

Yes: Yes, almost always connected. Hard not to be anxious when you are bloated can't eat and have diarrhea every day. Then you worry and it makes the gut worse which then causes more worry. It's a vicious cycle. I believe the older tricyclics antidepressants can be very helpful as they can help mood and slow GI transit time. ...Read more

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Can severe constant anxiety cause change in bowel movements?

Can severe constant anxiety cause change in bowel movements?

Idirrectoly: Anxiety can give any problem. Work on the root of the problem and eat fiberous diet and see god colorectal m.Dlot of water do yoga and meditate. ...Read more

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I didn't have my morning bowel movement & last night I had one that was like pebbles but not hard. Are these changes normal? I'm going through anxiety

I didn't have my morning bowel movement & last night I had one that was like pebbles but not hard. Are these changes normal? I'm going through anxiety

Brain, gut connected: You have nerves that connect your brain w/ your gut. Under chronic stress, you can have delayed gastric emptying & increased activity of the colon which may explain why you have small BMs. External or internal stressors which can lead to anxiety can also cause inflammation of the gut. ...Read more

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Could anxiety cause bowel problems/cramping/gassiness?

Could anxiety cause bowel problems/cramping/gassiness?

Anxiety: Thru increased adrenaline, it can affect any organ system, such as gastrointestinal tract, cardiovascular, endocrine, nervous system, renal, etc. ...Read more

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What might cause long term constipation with no diarrhea, pain, or blood? Does excessive anxiety affect bowel habits?

What might cause long term constipation with no diarrhea, pain, or blood? Does excessive anxiety affect bowel habits?

Yes: Yes, excess anxiety can affect bowel habits.

There are also many other causes of constipation, including low-fiber diets, not enough water in the diet, insufficient exercise, irritable bowel syndrome, hypothyroidism, stress, nerve disorders, depression, and colon cancer, among many other causes.

Consider following up with your doctor regarding your long-term constipation. ...Read more

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I've been taking hydroxyzine for anxiety. Started taking antibotics yesterday for strep. Woke up with diarrhea and blood in bowel.

Exam: See a GI specialist. Hydroxyzine is an antihistamine and will help with sleep- not much for anxiety. Diarrhea with bloody stool is ominous and requires ongoing immediate GI evaluation. ...Read more

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Can colon or bowel cancer cause a slight "fluttery" feeling any or both sides of the abdomen? If not, what can cause this? Anxiety?

Colon cancer: There are so many other reasons on a young 34 year old female that I would consider before thinking of cancer. Anxiety, IBS, GYN related issue, infective, malabsorption, gastritis. Too many to list I would recommend follow up with a family or Internist. ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause a bowel movement in your sleep that you are completely unaware of and do not wake up during?

No: Lots of things might, but anxiety alone wouldn't. See your doc. Get checked for infections, inflammation, dietary issues, etc. ...Read more

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How common is bowel cancer in a 16 year old? I sometimes get sudden pains around the anal/"gooch" area? I get health anxiety

How common is bowel cancer in a 16 year old? I sometimes get sudden pains around the anal/"gooch" area? I get health anxiety

Not common at all.: Bowel cancer would be extremely unlikely in a 16 year old. The symptoms also don't point to that diagnosis. There are other minor causes which are possible. Please see your doctor to be examined and let you know if there's anything wrong. Try not to worry meanwhile. ...Read more

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Does anxiety have a link to lack of bowel control for gas?

Possibly: The mind and gut share many chemical transmitters, often being nervous can cause diarrhea, or gas from swallowed air. Many other conditions can cause gas such as constipation, lactose intolerance, parasitic infections and celiac disease. You should get checked out by your doctor and see if they need to run any tests. ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause a change in bowel movements. Ie consistency, constipation?

Can anxiety cause a change in bowel movements. Ie consistency, constipation?

Yes: Stress and anxiety can cause a lot of changes and bowel habits are some of the most common things affected. It can cause both constipation and diarrhea and stomach pains. Stress and anxiety also often alter what you eat which will further impact your bowel movements. ...Read more

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Can stress. Depression or anxiety change ur bowel movements? If so how can it. & would it make it last a long time

Can stress. Depression or anxiety change ur bowel movements? If so how can it. & would it make it last a long time

Yes, it can happen: It's too complicated to explain well here, but connections between emotions and digestion are strong ; evolutionary.
Threat (fear) ---> flight or fight response
animals' digestive systems either tighten or loosen the bowels so as to not be burdened in that way. If stress is chronic, so can this be. Our gut has more serotonin cells than our brain! It's interesting - look it up if you want. ...Read more

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Health anxiety. When I have a poo it's always soft, yellow with slimy mucous that's yellow feel sick and shaky? Scared of bowel cancer I'm 25

Health anxiety. When I have a poo it's always soft, yellow with slimy mucous that's yellow feel sick and shaky? Scared of bowel cancer I'm 25

Don't be scared: It is highly unlikely that you have colon cancer.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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30yrmale. Strange prob since a yr. Had digestion prob n anxiety. With morning bowel movement, bp becomes 90/65.and entire day fatigue n body pain. Scared?

30yrmale. Strange prob since a yr. Had digestion prob n anxiety. With morning bowel movement, bp becomes 90/65.and entire day fatigue n body pain. Scared?

Soft Tissue Disorder: 30 male with "body pain, fatigue, anxiety, digestive problems", hypotension, lower GI dysfunction & normal blood glucose & thyroid might suffer from fibromyalgia. Sports-related low back/pelvic injuries, if present, possibly complicitous. Tender points, panic attacks, restless sleep/daytime fatigue, IBS and dysautonomia are all highly associated with fibromyalgia. ...Read more

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Dizziness, anxiety, loss of concentration then will pass gas or have a bowel movement andfeel better, only to happen again in a few hours. Why?

Dizziness, anxiety, loss of concentration then will pass gas or have a bowel movement andfeel better, only to happen again in a few hours. Why?

There is a condition: Called splenic flexure syndrome where by distenion of the left side of colon progress tot he level where the left colon make sharp turn. This place is called splenif flexure. When pressure build, it will push the diaphragm and then the heart. The signs and symptoms develop and then when the pressure decreases, symptoms resolve. Advise you to avoid gas forming food and try semitichone ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

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