I am a major hypochondriac, and I get scared over the smallest things. Back in September, I had a random bout of diarrhea (just one stool) at a restaurant. Nothing became of it. Then, in November, I had another bout of diarrhea (once again I just had one bad stool). Ever since then I have been having more loose stools then I did back in the summer and before. I usually make 1 and rarely 2 a day, no more. For about a month (end of November-end of December), I had constipation. I would occasionally make a nice stool, but in many cases it was pebbles. I haven't had diarrhea since November, but I have been having loose stools (come out quickly, sizes of pieces vary). I still have hunger and feel fine, however I always associate loose movements and diarrhea with the stomach flu (being the hypochondriac that I am). I want to know, is it normal or healthy to make loose stools? Is it my diet?
I'm getting to the point where i'm afraid to go out because i'm scared i'll make a loose stool and want to go home.
Any and every piece of advice is greatly appreciated.