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Did you know how stress can exacerbate IBS symptoms?

Many of us know what Irritable Bowel Syndrome is, but I had no idea that IBS can be influenced in such a way by stress and anxiety. Edward Blanchard, PhD, professor of psychology at the State University of New York at Albany said that “about 60% of IBS patients will meet the criteria for one or more psychiatric disorders”.

We all have problems. Different things cause stress for different people. Stress can include:

Irritable bowel syndrome – When an abdominal pain become more serious

Everybody red about IBS or irritable bowel syndrome. It is characterized by chronic abdominal pain, discomfort, bloating, and alteration of bowel habits. Usualy, only a small number of people with irritable bowel syndrome have severe signs and symptoms. Some people can control their symptoms by managing diet, lifestyle and stress. Others will need medication and counseling.

Many times irritable bowel syndrome occurs after an infection, or a stressful life event. Infectious illness may be characterized by two or more of: fever, vomiting, diarrhea, or positive stool culture.

Sudden unexplained constipation

Constipation is most often caused by a low-fiber diet, lack of physical activity, not drinking enough water, or delay in going to the bathroom when you have the urge to defecate. Always try to have a bowel movement when the urge is present.

Other times, a pregnancy, an underactive thyroid, mental health problems or medications may be the reason for your constipation. More serious causes, like colon cancer, are much less common. Stress and travel can also contribute to constipation or other changes in bowel habits.

What to ask your doctor about constipation?

If you suspect there is a more serious problem, you’ll first seek medical care for constipation from your family physician. A general practitioner provides a routine health screening and gives you the first counseling on lifestyle changes. If he thinks that you require care from another specialist, the family doctor will probably send you to a specialist in digestive disorders.

Blood in stool? When should I go to see my doctor?

That’s something I asked myself quite a few times. As I had severe constipation for seven years, you can imagine that I have experienced many situations like hemorrhoids, anal fissure or blood in stool which is one of the constipation in adults symptoms. I have tried many different constipation remedies. Some of them have worked, some haven’t. That’s the reason I am here. To share my personal experience because constipation can be solved, but also can be a real pain in your… 🙂