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

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Dr. Marwan Hammoud
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Marwan Hammoud
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Dr. Patricia Foster
Good answer. Good to know this. I can't dx IBS so would send to pcp.
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: See MD

No direct connection between stress and changes in stool.
Suggest you see your primary care provider to find out what can be causing bowel changes. Not knowing for sure may be contributing to your anxiety and stress. If your anxiety persists, it may be helpful to speak to a psychotherapist for coping strategies and guidance. Hope this helps.

In brief: See MD

No direct connection between stress and changes in stool.
Suggest you see your primary care provider to find out what can be causing bowel changes. Not knowing for sure may be contributing to your anxiety and stress. If your anxiety persists, it may be helpful to speak to a psychotherapist for coping strategies and guidance. Hope this helps.
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