Frequent Painful Urge To Defecate

What Causes Frequent Urge To Defecate?

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.

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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:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "frequent urge to defecate" as a symptom.  Here are six possibilities:
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Endometriosis
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Diverticular Disease
  • Mercury Toxicity

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
somewhat elevated basophil count
moderate unexplained weight loss
heart racing/palpitations
occasional bowel movement changes
abdominal pain relieved by BM
showers cause fatigue
back-of-neck lymph node problems
being very easily irritated
active Crohn's disease
green stool color
frequent confusion/disorientation
... and more than 110 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of frequent urge to defecate:
Cause Probability Status
Ulcerative Colitis 94% Confirm
Mercury Toxicity 64% Possible
Irritable Bowel Syndrome 14% Unlikely
Diverticular Disease 4% Ruled out
Endometriosis 2% Ruled out
Crohn's Disease 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate irregular stools, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
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
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate lack of painful urge to defecate, occasional painful urge to defecate, regular painful urge to defecate or frequent painful urge to defecate, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)

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.

... and also rule out issues such as:
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