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Topic: new to this, does anyone get weird bowel movements?

16 posts, 0 answered
  1. constantoverthinker
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    12 July 2020

    hey guys, first time here and thought id seek some others out there..

    does anyone get weird bowel movements with anxiety? like doing 2 or more poos a day and get random pain but think it is something drastic when its in your head?

    i hope this makes sense?

  2. Whatsinaname
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    12 July 2020 in reply to constantoverthinker
    100%

    Some people call it a nervous poo.

    I get that feeling and I now connect it to anxiety. Which means if I just need to poo I fear that I'm having a panic attack.

    Its apparently part of the fight or flight response. All you blood is moving to you muscles so you can either run or fight. Things like you bowels aren't necessary at that moment.

    I find understanding what's happening helps a little
  3. constantoverthinker
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    12 July 2020 in reply to Whatsinaname

    yeah i get that! i know its nervous poo, but i havent been nervous.
    i had to get a coronavirus test last week as i had a cold, and couldn't work for a week, which i think is what is making me feel this way.

    it comes with the constant anxiety feelings, like sick feeling but not actually feeling sick, the 'weird' feelings under my boobs and in my throat.

    i am also a smoker (because of anxiety) which i think is making it worse also.

    i am glad you have an understanding on what im talking about :)

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  4. blondguy
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    12 July 2020 in reply to constantoverthinker

    Hi constantoverthinker (and a wave of thanks to Whatsinaname!)

    welcome to the forums and good on you for having the courage to post too!

    You are not alone about the poo symptoms....I have also had the same on and off for a long time

    Our digestive system is the most sympathetic (vulnerable) to stress levels and will let us know if we have something on our mind....I have included a members link below about the physical symptoms of anxiety and what you have posted is very common...This is a big thread with heaps of posts yet well worth a sticky beak :-)

    www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/online-forums/anxiety/what-physical-feelings-of-anxiety-do-you-get

    you are not alone with this symptom at all

    any questions are always welcome!

    Paul

  5. constantoverthinker
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    12 July 2020 in reply to blondguy

    hello!

    do you get constant sick feeling, but dont actually feel sick or anything? and the feeling under boobs and throat.

    i have a phobia (ocd) about sickness and germs too which doesnt help.

    thank you!

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  6. blondguy
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    12 July 2020 in reply to constantoverthinker

    Hi constantoverthinker

    Yes I used to as well...feeling sick...as in blah..especially in the throat...It can be a pain even though a common feeling. Being concerned about sickness/germs is also very common too

    I hope you can have a look at all the various symptoms on the red link above :-)

    There are many gentle people that can be here for you....and many of us are 'overthinkers'

    you are not alone!

    Paul

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  7. constantoverthinker
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    12 July 2020 in reply to blondguy

    thank you!

    what did you do to make it go away? between bowel and these feelings it’s making me so anxious and hating on life. (not literally)

    i will have another look at that link you posted.

    cheers.

  8. blondguy
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    12 July 2020 in reply to constantoverthinker

    Hey constantoverthinker!

    Great question....ummm....our bowel movements can vary as per our day to day stress levels so its hard to provide you with a specific answer...except lowering stress levels...even by a little will help :-)

    The higher our stress levels....the more prone we are to having digestive issues (subject to our GP's opinion)

    Great to have you as part of the forum family! The forums are a safe and non judgemental place for both of us to post :-)

    Paul

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  9. constantoverthinker
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    12 July 2020 in reply to blondguy

    hey!

    yeah that’s true! at least i know i’m not alone and it’s semi normal!

    do you get the nausea but not nausea feelings with anxiety too?!

    thank you so much!

  10. Doz86
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    12 July 2020 in reply to constantoverthinker

    Hey constantoverthinker!

    Thanks for such an important post!

    I'm a true believer in gut health. I believe our guts are intertwined with our mental health.

    When I get anxious, i sometimes get diarrhea and also get nausea with anxiety.

    I remember as a kid the anxiety of needing to go to school sent me racing the the toilet!

    Love this forum you've created!

    Regards,

    Doz

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  11. blondguy
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    13 July 2020 in reply to constantoverthinker

    Hi again constantoverthinker and a wave to Doz86

    Yes I do for sure!....There is no 'quick fix' so to speak....yet adjusting our day to day routine...even if we just slow down...you may notice an improvement ...

    I hope you can have a sticky at the live link above :-)

    Paul

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  12. Baljeet
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    13 July 2020 in reply to constantoverthinker

    Hello

    yea I got the same...when it is in the head then you feel more of that pain

  13. Baljeet
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    13 July 2020 in reply to constantoverthinker
    I am always checking my heart rate as if it is going to rise. Just pressing under the boobs all the time and feeling my blood pressure is going to rise. So anxious about my health all the time. Is anyone feeling this.?
  14. constantoverthinker
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    13 July 2020 in reply to Baljeet

    glad i’m not the only one!

    i am just sick to death of the constant feelings and getting paranoid about the littlest thing!

    yes it’s not sick but sick feelings!

    now it’s making me not want to eat and i hate it!

  15. constantoverthinker
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    13 July 2020 in reply to Baljeet
    yes! but not so much blood pressure. the feeling yes but mine is i’m paranoid my face is pale :(
  16. sick & tired
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    19 July 2020 in reply to constantoverthinker

    Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) caused by food intolerance.

    It's normally caused by anti-biotics or a major physical change in your life (pregnancy, car accident, etc), or both.

    The most common foods that cause it are dairy/milk (lactose) and wheat/ gluten. Food preservatives, and ingredients that are numbers will also cause IBS. Onion and onion relatives (leek, shallots, spring onions and garlic) can also cause problems. Eggs can cause problems too.

    Check all ingredients and if they contain dairy, wheat, gluten or numbers, avoid them for a couple of weeks and see how your insides feel.

    Have meat and veg for a couple of weeks. No bread, cereals or cows milk. If you need cereals, try gluten free for a few weeks.

    Be very careful about reading labels because most packaged foods have wheat/ gluten in. This includes things like icecream, chocolate, cornflakes, ricebubbes and corn flour. Yes, most brands of corn flour are actually made from wheat flour. It's false labelling but consumer protection doesn't care.

    If your insides feel better after a couple of weeks on a basic meat/ veg diet, try adding one of the bad foods (glass of milk) and see how you feel over the next 24 hours. If it's fine then have a glass of milk each day for 2 weeks and see how you go. If it's still fine then add another food like bread and see how you feel. Continue doing this until you find the food that is triggering your IBS.

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