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Is there a link between anxiety and changes in stools?

Is there a link between anxiety and changes in stools?

Oh yes: The same neurotransmiiters and receptors in the brain (serotonin, Dopamine and others) also occur in the gut. Some people get loose stools with anxiety, or frequent stools, some get constipated (more common with depression); "butterflies in the stomach", being "scared -----" show the effects of mental state on gut function. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...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'm a hypochondriac my stool red with mucus no symptoms can anxiety make stool change i had lots of colored stool dr says i'm fine I have a bad diet?

I'm a hypochondriac my stool red with mucus no symptoms can anxiety make stool change i had lots of colored stool dr says i'm fine I have a bad diet?

IBD VS IBS: The above abbreviations stand for "inflamatory bowel disease" and "irritable bowel syndrome". Given your symptoms your could have either. There are some lab tests that can help shed light on the situation....Including testing your stool for blood etc. Ibs is a little less cumbersome than ibd....Talk to your doc more or get second opinion. ...Read more

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I was Dx w/IBS younger. Im 28. What causes variation in stool size & shape excluding cancer? Could tension/anxiety/IBS cause the change? Why? Thank yo

I was Dx w/IBS younger. Im 28. What causes variation in stool size & shape excluding cancer? Could tension/anxiety/IBS cause the change? Why? Thank yo

See answer: altered bowel habits is a feature of IBS and relates to several factors including spasms of the bowel, altered bacterial environment, and sensitivity to certain food triggers. For many IBS patients, stress/anxiety seem to provoke the already sensitive nerves and can flare up their IBS symptoms. More info here: http://www.uptodate.com/contents/irritable-bowel-syndrome-beyond-the-basics Good luck! ...Read more

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Why do I have soft stool, anxiety and panic disorders?

Why do I have soft stool, anxiety and panic disorders?

Diet & supplements?: The state of your stool also depends greatly on the kind of food you're eating, and the supplements you're taking. Vitamin c and magnesium, for instance, are known to cause soft stool, even diarrhea. Also certain dietary changes, like eating a lot of fruit when you're not used to that. Additionally, anxiety can affect digestive processes too. Review such possibilities with your own doctor. ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause my stool to have red blood in it?

Can anxiety cause my stool to have red blood in it?

Anxiety/red stool: Unlikely. Please consult your pcp for workup to find out cause. ...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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