Stress & constipation
Our digestive systems are sensitive, and are easily affected by changes in routine, stress and anxiety. If you find yourself getting constipated when you're stressed, you're definitely not alone.
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS, is a very common disorder that affects the large intestine. Canada has one of the highest IBS rates in the world with five million Canadians currently suffering from its painful, often disruptive symptoms.
As with constipation, everyone experiences IBS differently. In general, symptoms include:
Some people will get one or the other, but in some cases people have alternating bouts of both.
The stomach can bloat and swell up. Passing a bowel movement can partially relieve the pressure.
These are caused by spasms in the digestive tract that can result in stabbing or sharp pains in your gut. As with bloating, having a bowel movement can provide relief.
Many people with IBS feel gassy, with even small amounts of gas causing pain.
Fortunately for most people, these symptoms come and go depending on what’s going on in their lives. And only a small percentage of people with IBS have severe symptoms. Some people can control their symptoms by managing their diet, lifestyle and stress. More severe symptoms can be treated with medication and counselling.