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This symptom can also be referred to as:
Anal blockage

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4 Potential Straining While Passing Stool Causes

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

  1. 1.Chronic Constipation

    Constipation is a very common condition affecting the large intestine. It is characterized by difficulty passing stool, or passing stool less often. Commonly it is linked to not eating enough dietary fiber, not drinking enough fluids, or not getting enough exercise. Some medications can cause constipation as well.

    Variable

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    stomach bloating, constipation, abdominal cramps (stomach cramps), pain when passing stools, rectal bleeding
    Symptoms that always occur with chronic constipation:
    constipation
    Symptoms that never occur with chronic constipation:
    unintentional weight loss
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Normal Variation of Constipation

    Constipation is a very common condition affecting the large intestine. It is characterized by difficulty passing stool, or passing stool less often. Commonly it is linked to not eating enough dietary fiber, not drinking enough fluids, or not getting enough exercise. Some medications can cause constipation as well.

    Variable, but can resolve in days to weeks

    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

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  3. 3.Medication - Related Constipation

    Many different medications can cause constipation by affecting the muscles of the intestines. It is often not possible to stop these medications since they are usually very important to the patient's general health. Thus, dietary changes and/or laxatives may be needed to keep things moving.

    Variable, but can resolve in days to weeks

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    constipation, abdominal cramps (stomach cramps), pain when passing stools, straining while passing stool, feeling of needing to constantly pass stool
    Symptoms that always occur with medication-related constipation:
    constipation
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Opioid - Related Constipation

    Opioids (oxycodone, morphine, percocet, fentanyl) are powerful pain relievers that act on different chemical receptors throughout the body. In the intestines, opioids signal the gut to slow down movement, leading to constipation.

    Variable, but can resolve in days to weeks

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    constipation, feeling of needing to constantly pass stool, straining while passing stool, hard stools, pain in the lower left abdomen
    Symptoms that always occur with opioid-related constipation:
    constipation
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Straining While Passing Stool

  • Q.Have you experienced any nausea?
  • Q.Have you had any changes in your weight?
  • Q.Have you lost your appetite recently?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?

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Straining While Passing Stool Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced straining while passing stool have also experienced:

    • 9% Abdominal Pain (Stomach Ache)
    • 9% Feeling of Needing to Constantly Pass Stool
    • 8% Constipation
  • People who have experienced straining while passing stool were most often matched with:

    • 51% Normal Variation of Constipation
    • 13% Chronic Constipation
    • 2% Medication - Related Constipation
  • 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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