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|
|Crohn's Disease||4%||Ruled out|
|Ulcerative Colitis||2%||Ruled out|
|Diverticular Disease||2%||Ruled out|
Do you have frequent intestinal pain or cramping with an urge to defecate, sometimes without success?
Possible responses:→ No / don't know
→ Approximately daily
→ Several times per day