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Your Fecal Urgency May Also be Known as:
Always needing to poop
Feeling as if you need to poop all of the time
Needing to poop constantly

Top 6 Fecal Urgency Causes

  1. 1.Traveler's Diarrhea

    Traveler's diarrhea is a digestive tract disorder that commonly causes loose stools and abdominal cramps. It's caused by eating contaminated food or drinking contaminated water.

    You can safely treat this condition by drinking lots of fluids to avoid dehydration. Taking an antidiarrheal medication such as loperamide (Imodium) may help as well.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    diarrhea, nausea, abdominal pain (stomach ache), stomach bloating, fever
    Symptoms that always occur with traveler's diarrhea:
    diarrhea
    Symptoms that never occur with traveler's diarrhea:
    anxiety
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  2. 2.Lactose Intolerance

    Lactose intolerance is the inability to fully digest a sugar (lactose) in milk. This results in discomfort, gas, and maybe even stool changes shortly after ingesting a dairy product.

    You can treat these symptoms yourself by trying to limiting consumption of dairy products or switching to non-dairy alternatives. You can also take a pill that has the enzyme that you are missing.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, abdominal pain (stomach ache), stomach bloating, constipation, diarrhea
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  3. 3.Diverticulosis

    Diverticulosis is a condition where small pouches bulge outward through the large intestine (colon). It increases with age, with up to 50% of people over the age of 60 having developed it. Most people don't have symptoms. Eating fiber is shown to reduce the risk of diverticulosis, with vegetarians reducing their risk by half.

    You can treat this at home through eating more fiber and a mild pain reliever (Advil, for example). Diagnosis is typically done through a colonoscopy, which many at this age should be getting anyways.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    stomach bloating, diarrhea, constipation, flatulence, abdominal cramps (stomach cramps)
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  4. 4.Crohn's Disease Flare

    Crohn's disease is a chronic inflammation of the digestive system. It is one of a group of diseases called inflammatory bowel disease. Crohn's can affect any area from the mouth to the anus, and may cause diarrhea and weight loss.

    You should speak with your primary care physician and/or gastroenterologist as soon as possible to determine if you have a flare.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, nausea, stomach bloating, loss of appetite, abdominal cramps (stomach cramps)
    Urgency:
    In-person visit
  5. 5.New Onset Crohn's Disease

    Crohn's disease is a disorder caused by chronic inflammation in the digestive tract. The damaging inflammation causes abdominal pain, diarrhea, weight loss, and malnutrition.

    You should schedule an appointment with your primary care physician within a few days to start diagnostic tests and discuss if a referral to a specialist is needed.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, stomach bloating, loss of appetite, constipation, abdominal cramps (stomach cramps)
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  6. 6.Microscopic Colitis

    Inflammation is the body's normal response to injury, irritation, or infection of tissues. Sometimes, this inflammation can happen abnormally, affecting normal tissue. Sometimes, this can happen in the intestines, which can cause chronic diarrhea.

    You should visit your primary care physician, who, depending on his/her exam, may recommend a biopsy to determine the diagnosis. Treatment would involve anti-inflammatory agents.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain (stomach ache), stomach bloating
    Symptoms that always occur with microscopic colitis:
    diarrhea
    Symptoms that never occur with microscopic colitis:
    bloody diarrhea
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Fecal Urgency

  • Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Have you experienced any nausea?
  • Q.How severe is your abdominal pain?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions, check our fecal urgency symptom checker.

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Fecal Urgency Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced fecal urgency have also experienced:

    • 10% Abdominal Pain (Stomach Ache)
    • 5% Nausea
    • 4% Diarrhea
  • People who have experienced fecal urgency were most often matched with:

    • 8% Diverticulosis
    • 7% Lactose Intolerance

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