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This symptom can also be referred to as:
Anal blockage

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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Straining While Passing Stool

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

  1. 1.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
  2. 2.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
  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

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  5. 5.Anal Fissure

    Anal fissures are splits or tears in the part of the anus closest outside of the body. They're very common and typically affect the young and middle-aged and both genders, equally. 11% of people will have an anal fissure in their lifetime.

    Conservative treatment leads to 50% healing rate. More aggressive treatments are needed for those with chronic anal fissures.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    rectal pain, pain when passing stools, painful rectal bleeding, hard stools, mild rectal bleeding
    Symptoms that never occur with anal fissure:
    unintentional weight loss
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  6. 6.Chronic Anal Fissure

    Anal fissures are splits or tears in the part of the anus closest outside of the body. They're very common and typically affect the young and middle-aged and both genders, equally. 11% of people will have an anal fissure in their lifetime.

    60% of people will heal with the pain-relieving cream. 30% will require a surgical option.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    rectal pain, pain when passing stools, painful rectal bleeding, hard stools, mild rectal bleeding
    Symptoms that never occur with chronic anal fissure:
    unintentional weight loss
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.Constipation Resulting From Dehydration

    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 drinking enough water, which causes the stools to be dry and hard.

    Variable, but can resolve in days to weeks

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    constipation, constipation, general abdominal pain, pain in the lower left abdomen, pain when passing stools
    Symptoms that always occur with constipation resulting from dehydration:
    constipation
    Symptoms that never occur with constipation resulting from dehydration:
    vomiting
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  8. 8.Constipation From Not Eating Enough Fiber

    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 fiber, which is the material that provides bulk to your stools.

    Variable, but can resolve in days to weeks

    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

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Straining While Passing Stool

  • Q.Were you ever exposed to a dangerous, violent or life-threatening situation?
  • Q.Have you been on any prescription medications lately?
  • Q.Does anyone in your family suffer from constipation?
  • Q.Have you experienced any nausea?

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Straining While Passing Stool Symptom Checker Statistics

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

    • 10% Feeling of Needing to Constantly Pass Stool
    • 9% Abdominal Pain (Stomach Ache)
    • 8% Constipation
  • People who have experienced straining while passing stool were most often matched with:

    • 42% Chronic Constipation
    • 42% Medication - Related Constipation
    • 14% Normal Variation of 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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