Increased Frequency of Defecation Symptom, Causes & Questions

Understand your increased frequency of defecation symptoms, including 10 causes & common questions.

This symptom can also be referred to as: excessive pooping

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Contents

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

10 Possible Increased Frequency Of Defecation Causes

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

Overactive thyroid

The thyroid is a small, bow-tie shaped gland in your neck. Its main job is to produce thyroid hormone (known as T3 or T4), which serves a wide array of functions throughout the body.

When too much thyroid hormone is released, the body’s metabolism gets ramped up, causing symptoms ...

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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-threateni...

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Diarrhea caused by a bacteria called vibrio

The Vibrio genus of bacteria causes nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea that can be very serious. Vibrio parahaemolyticus and Vibrio vulnificus are two of the species that cause this illness, which is also called vibriosis.

The primary risk factor is eating raw or undercooked seafood, especially oysters from any coastal waters and from the Gulf of Mexico in particular. People with weakened immune systems or liver disease are especially vulnerable to this infection.

Symptoms include fever, vomiting, and diarrhea, sometimes with mental confusion. These symptoms in a person who has recently eaten raw seafood, or has been swimming in ocean or bay water, are considered a medical emergency. Take the patient to the emergency room or call 9-1-1.

Some types of Vibrio-caused illness can worsen very quickly and lead to dehydration and septicemia, which can be life-threatening.

Diagnosis is made through patient history, physical examination, and lab tests on blood, urine, and stool samples.

Treatment will usually involve hospitalization for intravenous fluids, antibiotics, and supportive care.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: diarrhea, nausea, stomach bloating, headache, abdominal cramps (stomach cramps)

Symptoms that always occur with diarrhea caused by a bacteria called vibrio: diarrhea

Urgency: Self-treatment

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

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 interspers...

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Celiac disease

Celiac disease is also called gluten-sensitive enteropathy, coeliac, or sprue. It is an autoimmune response in the gut to gluten, a protein in wheat, rye, and barley.

  • Repeated exposure to gluten causes damage to the lining of the small intestine.

Most at risk are Caucasians with:

  • Family history of celiac disease.
  • Down syndrome.
  • Type 1 diabetes.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Autoimmune thyroid disease.

Symptoms include digestive upset with gas, bloating, and diarrhea. The malnutrition causes fatigue, weight loss, fragile bones, severe skin rash, mouth ulcers, anemia, and damage to the spleen and nervous system.

A swollen belly, failure to thrive, muscle wasting, and learning disabilities are seen in children, and normal growth and development can be severely affected.

Diagnosis is made through blood testing and endoscopy, and sometimes biopsy of the small intestine.

There is no cure for the condition, but celiac disease can be managed by removing all gluten from the diet. Nutritional supplements will be used and sometimes steroid medication is given to help heal the gut.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: fatigue, stomach bloating, nausea, constipation, diarrhea

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Lactose intolerance

Lactose is a sugar that naturally occurs in milk. Someone is considered "lactose intolerant" when the small intestine cannot produce enough of the enzyme that digests lactose called lactase.

In primary lactose intolerance, the enzyme is produced during childhood but declines sub...

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Food poisoning

Food poisoning, also called foodborne illness or "stomach flu," is an acute infection of the digestive tract from food contaminated with bacteria, viruses, parasites, or other toxins. It actually has no relation to influenza.

Any food can become contaminated if not prepared under clean conditions, cooked thoroughly, or stored at cold temperatures. Meat, fish, dairy products, and fresh fruits and vegetables are some of the most easily contaminated foods.

Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain, and sometimes fever and chills.

Most people recover on their own with supportive care, meaning rest, fluids, and over-the-counter pain relievers and fever reducers.

However, dehydration can result if the vomiting and/or diarrhea are not controlled and IV fluids may be needed.

If there is also blurred vision, dizziness, or paralysis, the nervous system may be affected due to botulism. This is a medical emergency. Take the patient to the emergency room or call 9-1-1.

Proper food preparation and storage, along with frequent and thorough handwashing, is the best prevention.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: nausea, abdominal pain (stomach ache), headache, abdominal cramps (stomach cramps), dizziness

Symptoms that never occur with food poisoning: severe fever, being severely ill, bloody diarrhea

Urgency: Self-treatment

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.

Rarity: Common

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

Symptoms that always occur with traveler's diarrhea: diarrhea

Symptoms that never occur with traveler's diarrhea: anxiety

Urgency: Self-treatment

Normal occurrence of diarrhea

Diarrhea can be an indication of serious illness – especially in young children – but in some cases it has a much simpler cause and can be easily cured.

If there are simply frequent loose stools – three or more times per day – without other symptoms of illness, the most common cause is food or drink.

Overuse of caffeine, beer, or wine has a laxative effect on some individuals. The artificial sweeteners sorbitol and mannitol are known laxatives, as are some herbal supplements and some over-the-counter vitamin and mineral preparations.

Lactose intolerance, or the inability to digest the natural sugar in milk, causes digestive upset and diarrhea.

Diarrhea can cause dehydration and mineral imbalance no matter what the cause, so it is still important to manage it.

The best treatment is to remove some items or supplements from the diet and watch the results. This will show which items are causing the diarrhea.

It's always wise to use any new supplements in moderation so that if the trouble recurs, the cause will be plain.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: diarrhea, mild diarrhea

Symptoms that always occur with normal occurrence of diarrhea: diarrhea

Symptoms that never occur with normal occurrence of diarrhea: bloody diarrhea, severe diarrhea, worsening diarrhea, being severely ill, ill appearance

Urgency: Self-treatment

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Increased Frequency Of Defecation

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

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

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions

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Increased Frequency Of Defecation Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced increased frequency of defecation have also experienced:

  • 13% Abdominal Pain (Stomach Ache)
  • 9% Abdominal Cramps (Stomach Cramps)
  • 7% Nausea

People who have experienced increased frequency of defecation were most often matched with:

  • 42% Overactive Thyroid
  • 42% Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Ibs)
  • 14% Diarrhea Caused By A Bacteria Called Vibrio

Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from Buoy Assistant (a.k.a. the quiz).

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