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10 Potential Feeling of Needing to Constantly Pass Stool Causes

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

  1. 1.Constipation From Not Eating Enough Fiber

    Constipation is a very common condition affecting the large intestine. It is characterized by difficulty passing stool, or passing stool less often. Commonly, it is linked to not eating enough fiber, which is the material that provides bulk to your stools.

    Variable, but can resolve in days to weeks

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    constipation, constipation, pain in the lower left abdomen, pain when passing stools, feeling of needing to constantly pass stool
    Symptoms that always occur with constipation from not eating enough fiber:
    constipation, constipation
    Symptoms that never occur with constipation from not eating enough fiber:
    vomiting
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  2. 2.Constipation Resulting From Dehydration

    Constipation is a very common condition affecting the large intestine. It is characterized by difficulty passing stool, or passing stool less often. Commonly it is linked to not drinking enough water, which causes the stools to be dry and hard.

    Variable, but can resolve in days to weeks

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    constipation, constipation, general abdominal pain, pain in the lower left abdomen, pain when passing stools
    Symptoms that always occur with constipation resulting from dehydration:
    constipation
    Symptoms that never occur with constipation resulting from dehydration:
    vomiting
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  3. 3.Coccydynia

    The tailbone, called the coccyx, is the most bottom portion of the spine. Coccydynia is pain around the area of the tailbone, which is triggered by pressure on the tailbone such as during sitting on a hard chair. Symptoms get better with standing or walking. Doctors are not completely sure what causes this pain.

    May take weeks to months for significant pain relief to set in.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    back pain, lower back pain, painful sex, back pain that shoots to the butt, constant butt pain
    Symptoms that always occur with coccydynia:
    constant butt pain
    Symptoms that never occur with coccydynia:
    warm and red tailbone swelling
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  4. 4.Colonic Neoplasm

    Colonic neoplasm is a disorder of the large intestine. It often causes abdominal pain, cramping, changes in bowel habits, and fatigue.

    The treatment & prognosis for colonic neoplasm are variable and dependent on the disease severity.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, stomach bloating, stool changes, diarrhea, constipation
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Opioid - Related Constipation

    Opioids (oxycodone, morphine, percocet, fentanyl) are powerful pain relievers that act on different chemical receptors throughout the body. In the intestines, opioids signal the gut to slow down movement, leading to constipation.

    Variable, but can resolve in days to weeks

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    constipation, feeling of needing to constantly pass stool, straining while passing stool, hard stools, pain in the lower left abdomen
    Symptoms that always occur with opioid-related constipation:
    constipation
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  6. 6.Shigella Infection

    Shigella infection is an acute bacterial infection caused by a group of bacteria called shigella. The infection affects the intestines and can be passed through direct contact with the bacteria in the stool.

    4 to 6 weeks

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    diarrhea, general abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, watery diarrhea, fatigue
    Symptoms that always occur with shigella infection:
    diarrhea
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  7. 7.Ulcerative Colitis

    Ulcerative Colitis (UC) is a condition that causes diarrhea, abdominal pain, and bloody bowel movements. These symptoms occur because the large intestine (colon) has become inflamed and acquired sores, known as “ulcers.”

    Chronic

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, general abdominal pain, fever, back pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  8. 8.Campylobacter Small Intestine Infection

    Infection with the Campylobacter bacterium is one of the leading causes of acute diarrhea worldwide. The risk for this infection is increased in people with HIV/AIDS.

    The diarrhea can subside within 7 days without treatment, but antibiotic treatment is recommended for faster recovery and avoidance of complications.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    diarrhea, abdominal cramps (stomach cramps), general abdominal pain, fever, severe diarrhea
    Symptoms that always occur with campylobacter small intestine infection:
    diarrhea
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  9. 9.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.

    While Crohn's is a chronic disease for which there is no cure, it is not expected to reduce your life expectancy, especially with proper treatment.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, nausea, stomach bloating, loss of appetite, abdominal cramps (stomach cramps)
    Urgency:
    In-person visit
  10. 10.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.

    Not expected to reduce life expectancy

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

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Feeling of Needing to Constantly Pass Stool

  • Q.Have you experienced any nausea?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Have you had any changes in your weight?
  • Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?

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Feeling of Needing to Constantly Pass Stool Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced feeling of needing to constantly pass stool have also experienced:

    • 11% Abdominal Pain (Stomach Ache)
    • 9% Straining While Passing Stool
    • 8% Fecal Urgency
  • People who have experienced feeling of needing to constantly pass stool were most often matched with:

    • 8% Constipation From Not Eating Enough Fiber
    • 7% Constipation Resulting From Dehydration
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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