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Your Involuntary Defecation May Also be Known as:
Accidental pooping
Can't control when i poop
Fecal incontinence
Involuntary pooping
Leakage of poop
Pooping accidents

Top 9 Involuntary Defecation Causes

  1. 1.Chronic Low Back Pain of No Specific Origin

    A precise anatomical cause for low back pain can only be identified in 20 percent of cases. The rest of the time, the specific cause of the pain is unknown, and is likely due to strain on the bones and muscles of the back from heavy lifting, prolong sitting, or bad posture. Chronic low back pain is characteristic of back pain lasting longer than 12 weeks.

    For most people, back pain goes away within a few weeks. Because your back pain is lasting longer, you should make an appointment with a physician. You might find it harder to recover and might need additional treatment such as a program of back exercises. If the pain is not too severe, you can safely manage the pain at home with over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen (Advil) and acetominophen (Tylenol). It is also recommended to stay active and carry on with the things you usually do as much as possible, to help you recover faster. Sitting or lying still for long periods can actually make the pain worse. Your joints may become stiff which will make it harder and more painful to move your back.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    lower back pain, unintentional weight loss, fever, back pain that shoots to the butt, involuntary defecation
    Symptoms that always occur with chronic low back pain of no specific origin:
    lower back pain
    Symptoms that never occur with chronic low back pain of no specific origin:
    thigh numbness, buttocks numbness, lower back pain from an injury
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Stress Urinary Incontinence

    Incontinence is a medical condition which refers to a person's inability to control when they urinate. Stress incontinence refers to unintentional leakage of urine caused by coughing, sneezing, laughing, or lifting something heavy.

    You can safely treat this condition on your own before seeking medical consultation. You can try using the bathroom at regular intervals to minimize leaking, as well as doing Kegel exercises regularly to strengthen muscles involved in urine control. If symptoms persist, a doctor may be able to suggest some medications and other more invasive avenues of treatment.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    recurring problem with leaking urine, urges to pee upon exertion or heavy breathing, waking up regularly to pee at night, involuntary defecation
    Symptoms that always occur with stress urinary incontinence:
    recurring problem with leaking urine, urges to pee upon exertion or heavy breathing
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  3. 3.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
  4. 4.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

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  5. 5.Celiac Disease

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

    Celiac disease is best managed by following a strict gluten-free diet. Consult with a doctor or dietician for support.

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

    Adrenoleukodystrophy describes a family of closely related inherited disorders of fat metabolism. It is a condition that is passed down from parent to child and affects mostly males. People affected with the disease cannot break down certain large fats, which accumulate in the nervous system, adrenal gland, and testes as a result, disrupting normal activity.

    You should visit your primary care physician, who will perform a blood test to rule in the diagnosis. Since this is a genetic condition, no cure is available, but steroids can be used if the adrenal gland is not making enough of its own.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, hearing loss, feeling confused and not making sense while talking, vomiting, general weakness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.Cauda Equina Syndrome (Rapid - Onset)

    Although leg pain is common and usually goes away without surgery, cauda equina syndrome, a rare disorder affecting the bundle of nerve roots (cauda equina) at the lower (lumbar) end of the spinal cord, is a surgical emergency.

    Call 911 immediately for an ambulance.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    lower back pain, back pain that shoots to the butt, back pain that shoots down the leg, leg weakness, thigh numbness
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service
  8. 8.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
  9. 9.Lower Back (Sacral Vertebral) Fracture

    A sacral stress fracture is a small break in the sacrum. The sacrum is a large triangular bone at base of the spine. The sacrum connects to the pelvis.

    You should contact your physician. Treatment will probably include a brace to stablize your back and over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn).

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    lower back pain, back pain that shoots to the butt, back pain that shoots down the leg, lower back pain from an injury, severe back pain
    Symptoms that always occur with lower back (sacral vertebral) fracture:
    lower back pain from an injury
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Involuntary Defecation

  • Q.How long has this been going on?
  • Q.Does this tend to happen more than once a month?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Have you experienced any nausea?

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Involuntary Defecation Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced involuntary defecation have also experienced:

    • 7% Diarrhea
    • 5% Abdominal Pain (Stomach Ache)
    • 5% Leaking Urine
  • People who have experienced involuntary defecation had symptoms persist for:

    • 46% Over a Month
    • 18% Less Than a Day
    • 16% Less Than a Week
  • People who have experienced involuntary defecation were most often matched with:

    • 4% Chronic Low Back Pain of No Specific Origin
    • 2% Stress Urinary Incontinence

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