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This symptom can also be referred to as:
Accidental pooping

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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Involuntary Defecation

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

  1. 1.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.

    This can be a chronic condition with relapses. If treatment is started, symptoms usually resolve within a few weeks.

    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
  2. 2.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
  3. 3.Multiple Sclerosis (Ms)

    Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neurodegenerative disease in which the immune system attacks the myelin sheath. The myelin sheath is involved in carrying nerve signals so this damage causes interruptions in nerve signaling.

    This is a lifelong condition; however, treatment may be beneficial.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    severe fatigue, constipation, numbness, decreased sex drive, signs of optic neuritis
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.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

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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.

    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
  6. 6.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.

    Indefinite

    Rarity:
    Ultra 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
  7. 7.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.

    Adrenoleukodystrophy is a chronic genetic disease that requires lifelong management.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, vomiting, hearing loss, general weakness, involuntary defecation
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  8. 8.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.

    Variable depending on severity

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    lower back pain, back pain that shoots to the butt, back pain that shoots down the leg, severe back pain, lower back pain from an injury
    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.Have you ever been diagnosed with an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), like Crohn's or Ulcerative colitis?
  • Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?
  • Q.Do you currently smoke?
  • 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
    • 7% Abdominal Pain (Stomach Ache)
    • 5% Leaking Urine
  • People who have experienced involuntary defecation had symptoms persist for:

    • 53% Over a Month
    • 18% Less Than a Day
    • 16% Less Than a Week
  • People who have experienced involuntary defecation were most often matched with:

    • 36% New Onset Crohn's Disease
    • 36% Multiple Sclerosis (Ms)
    • 27% Microscopic Colitis
  • 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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