Frequent urge to defecate can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'needs attention' to 'serious'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose frequent urge to defecate, we could:
|Irritable Bowel Syndrome||14%||Unlikely|
|Diverticular Disease||4%||Ruled out|
|Crohn's Disease||0%||Ruled out|
How often do you experience intestinal pain or cramping with an urge to have a bowel movement, sometimes without success?
Possible responses:→ Don't know
→ Never / rarely / once a year or less
→ Occasionally - several times a year
→ Regularly - several times a month
→ Frequently - daily or almost daily
Uncoordinated intestinal contractions can result in under-digested food arriving in the rectum more often than is normal, causing people with IBS-D (Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Diarrhea) to experience sudden, frequent, and painful urges to defecate. IBS sufferers may also have a hypersensitive gut and rectum and therefore feel urgency and pain more acutely than the average person.