Can anxiousness/nervousness cause loose narrow stools?

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Hi all, my stools are always solid but when i get nervous or anxious i need to go to the toilet and this leads my stools to come out narrow. Should i be concerned or is this normal? Also if there was an obstruction in the colon would stools always be thin?

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    It is possible to have narrow stools during stress, because your body is tense and doesn’t relax the rectum. I have experienced similar during times of stesss. Studies have not concluded convincingly that colon cancer is linked ton narrow stools. Hemmroids however, can be. 
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      I had narrow stool for years, till I had a colonoscopy and had to clean myself

      out. (About 4 years ago). Rarely have that problem any more. I too, live in a lot of stress. Other things can cause thin stool, evidently.

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    Absolutely that can occur if you are anxious or nervous. The colon reacts to stress. To counteract this, eating foods that provide bulk can be great. If you have a spastic colon, this is one of the things that happen. You can look up what foods provide. There are so many like sweet potatoes, oat meal......just to give you a start. You can even buy natural organic powders that you can make a shake everyday if you are not into vegetables. Try not to eat too much meat or fried greasy foods. Good luck.
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