Chili -- maybe you should just give your doc a call just to pass on the symptoms and see what he has to say. Yeh, maybe it is normal, but give a call just to be safe.
And most definitely, yes, stress does affect your body - you know that already, but try to work on your posture a bit and see if that doesn't help you.
I wish you the best, and hope that your mom is doing better.
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery