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Frequent bowel movements, loose stools. Due to excessive stress?

I dont know whether i have loose motion or not. sometimes i uesd to go three to four time bowel movements per day and sometimes only one. some times i will have one or two loose stools once in a weak or twice in a weak. i usually eat 5 or 6 times food per day. What is its actual cause. Why it happen so. Is it due to tention.
Asked On : Thu, 17 Jan 2013
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Pathologist and Microbiologist 's  Response
Hello and welcome to HCM

A syndrome called 'irritable bowel syndrome' is characterised by loose stools due to stress.
However, this is one of the many reasons for such symptoms.
Get an ultrasound abdomen and a stool sample examination after consulting a gastroeneterologist.
A clinical examination and investigations will only guide to correct diagnosis and thus management.

Thanks and take care
Dr Shailja P Wahal
Answered: Thu, 17 Jan 2013
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General Surgeon Dr. Grzegorz Stanko's  Response

Thank you for the query.

Such bowel habit change can be caused by stress indeed. However it can be also a symptom of more serious disease like inflammatory bowel disease, intestines severe inflammation or even colon cancer.
Inflammatory bowel disease is more probable if you are around 25. If you are 50 or older, colon cancer should be always ruled out.
It is advisable to have abdominal ultrasound, full blood work, liver tests, amylase, urine analysis and stool tests performed.
If no findings, colonoscopy should be done.
You can also ask your doctor about Rifaximine treatment for severe infection. Many patients find it very effective.

Hope this will help.
Answered: Fri, 18 Jan 2013
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