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Whenever I eat, I get a strong urge to have a bowel movement but sometimes I do not pass stool. This started up a few months ago and I cannot think of any reason why this should have started up. The only information I could find was about diarrhea after eating but I do not have diarrhea or loose stool.

I just get a very strong urge and that is all. If I can withstand the urge then after about 30 minutes or so, it goes away. If I do sit on the toilet then I may pass stool but if I emptied my bowels before that then nothing happens. I don’t have any other problems with my health but I started anxiety medication a few months ago after being a victim of crime. Could this be post traumatic stress syndrome?

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  • Dr. Chris September 25, 2010

    The urge to pass stool after eating may be due to an exaggerated gastrocolic reflex. This is one of the main reflexes of the many defecation reflexes. Stretching of the stomach due to food increases motility in the colon and pushes feces into the rectum. It typically occurs about 15 to 30 minutes after eating.

    The reason why this reflex is so pronounced needs to be investigated. It may occur with stress, depression or anxiety. Or it could be related to the medication that you are currently using. Anxiety after your experience is understandable and many physical symptoms, like what you are experiencing, may occur.

    You should speak to your doctor about it and possibly see a counselor if you are not already doing so. The medication and counseling should help you overcome your anxiety. If it is the medication that is causing this bowel problem, then your doctor may consider an alternative.

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