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Incomplete Evacuation of Stools Symptom, Causes & Questions

Understand your incomplete evacuation of stools symptoms, including 10 causes & common questions.

This symptom can also be referred to as: cannot fully poop

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Contents

  1. 10 Possible Causes
  2. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  3. Statistics

10 Possible Incomplete Evacuation Of Stools Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced incomplete evacuation of stools. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

Irritable bowel syndrome (ibs)

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic disorder of the large intestine. It is characterized by recurrent abdominal pain and bowel movement issues that can be difficult to treat. Signs and symptoms of IBS are usually not severe or life-threatening, but finding relief may be frustrating.

In order to have a confirmed diagnosis, your IBS should include two of three key symptoms, including improvement of symptoms after defecating, pain that begins when the frequency of stool changes, or(https://www.buoyhealth.com/symptoms-a-z/pain-when-passing-stools/).

Other key symptoms include abdominal pain and discomfort, as well as bloating, cramping,(https://www.buoyhealth.com/symptoms-a-z/fatigue/). These may all be exacerbated by stress, specific foods, or hormonal changes, especially in women.

Treatment focuses on alleviating your symptoms through supplements and medication.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: fatigue, abdominal pain (stomach ache), nausea or vomiting, constipation, stool changes

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Possible early irritable bowel syndrome (ibs)

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is very common problem that affects the large intestine. It can cause stomach pain, cramps, bloating, constipation, or diarrhea. Doctors think that IBS is caused by the brain sending wrong messages to the bowels, such as during times of high stress, causing physical changes. The formal criteria for this diagnosis requires 3 months of symptoms. Therefore you may have an early presentation.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: fatigue, abdominal pain (stomach ache), nausea or vomiting, stool changes, constipation

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Diverticulosis

Diverticulosis is the common condition of small, sac-like pouches forming and pushing outward along the inside of the colon, called diverticula.

These symptoms should prompt a visit to a medical provider, since diverticulosis can lead to diverticulitis an inflammation of the pouches that can have serious complications.

Treatment involves a high-fiber diet, medicines to ease bloating and other symptoms, probiotics and sometimes antibiotics. Procedures to stop bleeding may be necessary as well as surgery to remove the problematic area of the colon.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: stomach bloating, diarrhea, constipation, flatulence, incomplete evacuation of stools

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Constipation resulting from dehydration

Constipation means difficulty in passing bowel movements. A common cause of constipation is dehydration, or insufficient water in the body. If the contents of the bowel are not kept full and lubricated by plenty of fluid, the waste can become dry and packed and very hard to pass.

Most susceptible are pregnant women, especially those with a condition called hyperemesis gravidarum. This syndrome causes severe nausea and vomiting throughout most of the pregnancy and can easily lead to dehydration.

Anyone with an illness that causes prolonged vomiting and diarrhea will soon become dehydrated. A number of prescription medications can act as diuretics, meaning they cause the body to lose extra fluid through the urine.

The use of alcohol, or illegal drugs such as cocaine, also has a very dehydrating effect. The ill effects called a "hangover" that often happen after a night of drinking are actually due to the dehydration caused by the alcohol.

Treatment involves rehydrating, either with plain water by mouth or, in severe cases, hospitalization for IV fluid rehydration.

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

New onset crohn's disease

Crohn's disease is an inflammation of the bowel. It is caused by a faulty immune system response which makes the body attack the lining of the intestines.

The disease usually appears before age thirty and can affect anyone. Those with a family history may be most susceptible. Smoking is a known risk factor.

Aggravating factors include stress, poor diet, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen and aspirin.

Early symptoms usually develop gradually, but can appear suddenly. These include fatigue, loss of appetite, fever, mouth sores, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and blood in stool.

Untreated Crohn's disease can cause ulcers throughout the digestive tract as well as bowel obstruction, malnutrition, and deteriorating general health.

Diagnosis is made through blood test and stool sample test. Colonoscopy, CT scan, MRI, endoscopy, and/or enteroscopy may also be used.

Crohn's disease cannot be cured, but can be managed through reducing the inflammation. Antibiotics, corticosteroids, and immune system suppressors may be tried. Excellent nutrition, vitamin supplements, smoking cessation, and reduction in stress can be helpful.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: fatigue, stomach bloating, loss of appetite, constipation, abdominal cramps (stomach cramps)

Urgency: Primary care doctor

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Ulcerative colitis

Ulcerative colitis is a chronic, long-term inflammatory disease of the gastrointestinal tract, specifically involving ulcers and sores of the large intestine (colon) and the rectum. Ulcerative colitis often begins gradually and worsens over time with periods of remission interspersed with flare-ups of symptoms.

It is characterized as an inflammatory bowel disease meaning it results in widespread irritation and swelling of the intestines.

Treatments include medications both prescribed and over-the-counter to target certain associated issues as well as surgery.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, general abdominal pain, fever, back pain

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Chronic constipation

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 dietary fiber, not drinking enough fluids, or not getting enough exercise. Some medications can cause constipation as well.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: stomach bloating, constipation, abdominal cramps (stomach cramps), pain when passing stools, rectal bleeding

Symptoms that always occur with chronic constipation: constipation

Symptoms that never occur with chronic constipation: unintentional weight loss

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Normal variation of constipation

Constipation means bowel movements which have become infrequent and/or hardened and difficult to pass.

There is wide variation in what is thought "normal" when it comes to frequency of bowel movements. Anywhere from three times a day to three times a week is considered normal.

As long as stools are easy to pass, laxatives should not be used in an effort to force the body to a more frequent schedule.

Constipation is usually caused by lack of fiber in the diet; not drinking enough water; insufficient exercise; and often suppressing the urge to have a bowel movement.

A number of medications and remedies, especially narcotic pain relievers, can cause constipation.

Women are often affected, due to pregnancy and other hormonal changes. Young children who demand low-fiber or "junk food" diets are also susceptible.

Constipation is a condition, not a disease, and most of the time is easily corrected. If simple adjustments in diet, exercise, and bowel habits don't help, a doctor can be consulted to rule out a more serious cause.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: abdominal pain (stomach ache), nausea, stomach bloating, constipation, constipation

Symptoms that always occur with normal variation of constipation: constipation

Symptoms that never occur with normal variation of constipation: vomiting

Urgency: Self-treatment

Medication-related constipation

Many different medications can cause constipation by affecting the muscles of the intestines. It is often not possible to stop these medications since they are usually very important to the patient's general health. Thus, dietary changes and/or laxatives may be needed to keep things moving.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: constipation, abdominal cramps (stomach cramps), pain when passing stools, straining while passing stool, feeling of needing to constantly pass stool

Symptoms that always occur with medication-related constipation: constipation

Urgency: Primary care doctor

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.

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

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Incomplete Evacuation Of Stools

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

  • Were you ever exposed to a dangerous, violent or life-threatening situation?
  • Have you been passing more gas than usual recently?
  • Are your symptoms worse after eating or drinking something with dairy in it?
  • Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?

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Incomplete Evacuation Of Stools Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced incomplete evacuation of stools have also experienced:

  • 14% Stomach Bloating
  • 8% Flatulence
  • 8% Abdominal Pain (Stomach Ache)

People who have experienced incomplete evacuation of stools were most often matched with:

  • 33% Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Ibs)
  • 33% Possible Early Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Ibs)
  • 33% Diverticulosis

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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