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This symptom can also be referred to as:
Excessive pooping

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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Increased Frequency of Defecation

Updated on Aug. 29, 2018

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced increased frequency of defecation. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Overactive Thyroid

    The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the neck, just above your collarbone. It is one of your endocrine glands, which make hormones. Thyroid glands control how fast one burns calories and how fast the heart beats. If the thyroid is too active, it makes more thyroid hormones than the body needs. This is called hyperthyroidism.

    Great prognosis with high remission rates

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, anxiety, depressed mood, irritability, trouble sleeping
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.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.

    IBS is a chronic condition that may last for years, but it is not life-threatening and does not damage the bowels or lead to more serious illnesses.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, abdominal pain (stomach ache), nausea or vomiting, constipation, stool changes
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Diarrhea Caused by a Bacteria Called Vibrio

    Vibrio parahaemolyticus is a bacterium in the same family as those that cause cholera and Vibrio vulnificus. It can be contracted by consuming raw or undercooked shellfish, or exposure to sea or brackish water, and causes gastrointestinal illness (i.e. diarrhea often with abdominal cramping, nausea, vomiting, fever and chills) in humans.

    Symptoms will usually resolve within 2 to 3 days without antibiotics.

    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
  4. 4.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.

    IBS is a chronic condition that may last for years, but it is not life-threatening and does not damage the bowels or lead to more serious illnesses. 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
  5. 5.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

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  6. 6.Celiac Disease

    Celiac disease is an immune disease in which gluten damages the small intestine. Avoid products containing gluten such as wheat, rye, & barley.

    Upon starting a gluten-free diet, nausea and bloating are likely to improve within a few days or weeks. It may take months or longer to feel completely better.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, stomach bloating, nausea, constipation, diarrhea
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.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.

    Indefinite

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

    Food poisoning is a common ailment that causes gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It is caused by improperly handled or unrefrigerated food.

    1-3 days

    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
  9. 9.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.

    Usually resolves within 3 to 5 days without antibiotics.

    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
  10. 10.Normal Occurrence of Diarrhea

    Diarrhea has numerous causes including bacteria, viruses, parasites, medications, food intolerance & digestive system diseases.

    1 day

    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

  • Q.Have you experienced any nausea?
  • 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 had any changes in your weight?

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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 visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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