Anxiety/stress Bowel Movement Question
Posted 13 March 2008 - 07:01 AM
Long time anxiety/panic disorder surviver
Posted 14 March 2008 - 08:41 PM
Posted 15 March 2008 - 03:26 AM
All quotes below by me and whomever happened to come up with them before i did (lol):
"Beneath the pessimism that is depression im an eternal optimist, so please don't be fooled by my seeming negativity!" *ahem*
"Finding acceptance from the world around us, begins with finding acceptance of the self".
"You dont have to achieve great things to be a great person!"
"On the road of life im a sunday driver. Im taking the scenic route at a speed im comfortable with. So if you want to overtake me, please feel free, but dont keep beeping your horn at me, its irritating. Thankyou"
Posted 15 March 2008 - 09:12 PM
I hate to even tell my friends that my diarrhea is caused by anxiety. I suffered a terrible attack 9 years ago and was eventually taken by ambulance 5 hours away. I had been under a huge amount of stress and became so sick because of losing electrolites. I can't remember where you live. In the U.S. we have something called Smart Water that provides electrolites. I don't even travel without it anymore. Be sure to keep yourself hydrated and find a source of electrolites for any emergincy.
I'm glad that you brought up this topic because I imagine there are plenty of people here who need to hear that diarrhea is a common outcome of anxiety.
Posted 15 March 2008 - 09:19 PM
"Yellow stool can indicate that food is passing through the digestive tract relatively quickly. Yellow stool can be found in people with GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). Symptoms of GERD include heartburn, chest pain, sore throat, chronic cough, and wheezing. Symptoms are usually worse when lying down or bending. Foods that can worsen GERD symptoms include peppermint, fatty foods, alcohol, coffee, and chocolate.
"Yellow stool can also result from insuffient bile output. Bile salts from the liver gives stool its brownish color. When bile output is diminished, it often first appears as yellow stool. If there is a greater reduction in bile output, stool lose almost all of its color, becoming pale or grey."
If you don't have GERD or no reason to believe you have a liver disfunction, I suggest you make an appointment with your doctor or gastroenteroligist -- just to check it out.
Posted 15 March 2008 - 11:29 PM
I have GAD. I worry about everything, lol!
Posted 18 March 2008 - 03:27 AM
Gross question but has anyone every had yellowish stool after bouts of anxiety or panic attacks?? I know it's normal to get diarrhea with anxiety but today I had a yellowish-semi soft stool and of course it freaks me out, because well every thing does. I've been having panic attacks almost every day for 2 weeks now. Anyone else ever have this??
Sorry that you are dealing with this. I suffer from severe anxiety and panic attacks, and i also have IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). When ever i have really bad anxiety my stool can be yellowish, but it usually doesn't last too long. Keep an eye on it.
Posted 21 March 2008 - 05:17 AM
So I thank everyone who took the time to reply and I hope this lovely topic helps anyone else who doesn't want to ask such an icky question ;)
Long time anxiety/panic disorder surviver
Posted 18 February 2013 - 09:36 PM
I found this site when I googled "yellow bowel movement" and decided to become a member. Gee...why did I pick a running dog?? lol I'm a panic disorder "veteran" and a unipolar depression "veteran". My panic disorder and depression started in January of 1971, and I've been on medication since 1972. I'm now 68...and had a halfways decent life because of Valium and since 1990...Prozac for depression. I was doing quite well for a number of months, but today had a panic attack...not my worst, since I was able to continue with house cleaning, etc. I first noticed yellow bowel movements back in 1971 after my first panic attack. I don't have this problem with every attack....just with some. No doctor has ever diagnosed me with IBS or anything like that. I was an only child, and my folks passed on many, many years ago, so I really don't have much in the way of family history. Having done a lot of research on the true cause of panic disorder, I'm now wondering if this disease affects the liver...causing bile to be released with the stool...thereby coloring it yellow? The color goes back to normal once the attack remits. I just was very curious if any research was being done along this line. If any researchers are on this site, I would love to hear from you. Also...if you just need someone to talk with who has had panic disorder just about all of their adult life, please write. I hope everyone out there is okay and FIGHTING this disease and NOT giving up! We ARE the heroines and heroes!!
Posted 19 February 2013 - 03:54 AM
I have anxiety issues and while it does give me diarrhea when it gets bad, it's never really been yellow. The only time it's been yellow or clay-like-shade and semi-soft is when I was having gallbladder issue. It would be a good idea if you could get yourself a proper and thorough check up. I hope you feel better soon.
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