Large Amount of Stool Change Symptom, Causes & Questions

Understand your large amount of stool change symptoms, including 8 causes & common questions.

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  1. 8 Possible Causes
  2. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  3. Statistics
  4. Related Articles

8 Possible Large Amount Of Stool Change Causes

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

Constipation from not eating enough fiber

Constipation is defined as having stools which are large, hard, and difficult to pass. This leaves the person feeling bloated and uncomfortable. Many things can cause constipation, and a common one is lack of fiber in the diet.

To determine whether lack of fiber is causing the constipation, all other causes are first ruled out:

  • Not drinking enough water, sometimes to the point of dehydration.
  • Lack of exercise, which helps increase blood circulation and therefore motility (contraction and movement) of the bowel.
  • A very low or no-fat diet.
  • A need for probiotics, which replenish the "good" bacteria in the gut.
  • Medications, or certain illnesses, which have a constipating effect.
  • Constantly ignoring the feeling of needing to move the bowels, and delaying going to the toilet.

If fiber is needed, the best sources are fresh vegetables; fresh or dried fruits; and whole wheat and brown rice, because those include the fiber-rich bran. Over-the-counter fiber tablets can be tried, though laxatives should only be used if recommended by a medical provider.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: constipation, constipation, pain in the lower left abdomen, pain when passing stools, feeling of needing to constantly pass stool

Symptoms that always occur with constipation from not eating enough fiber: constipation, constipation

Symptoms that never occur with constipation from not eating enough fiber: vomiting

Urgency: Self-treatment

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

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

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

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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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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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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

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

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Large Amount Of Stool Change

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

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

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

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Large Amount Of Stool Change Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced large amount of stool change have also experienced:

  • 21% Hard Stools
  • 8% Rectal Bleeding
  • 6% Abdominal Pain (Stomach Ache)

People who have experienced large amount of stool change were most often matched with:

  • 33% Constipation From Not Eating Enough Fiber
  • 33% Normal Variation Of Constipation
  • 33% Traveler'S Diarrhea

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

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