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Frequent bowel movements: Introduction

Increased bowel movement frequency may indicate a medical disorder. Bowel frequency may be called "diarrhea" in many sources, and some conditions causing bowel frequency may be listed under diarrhea. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about such symptoms....more »

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Home Diagnostic Testing and Frequent bowel movements

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Frequent bowel movements: Symptom Checker

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Stories from Users for Frequent bowel movements

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Message Boards for Frequent bowel movements

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Diagnostic tests for Frequent bowel movements:

Various tests are used in the diagnosis of Frequent bowel movements. Some of these are listed below :

  • Physical examination
    • Abdominal examination for tenderness and a mass - e.g. a mass in the right lower abdomen may suggest bowel cancer or diverticulitis; a mass on right, left or upper abdomen may also suggest bowel cancer; tenderness in the left lower abdomen, with or without a significant mass may suggest ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis or irritable bowel syndrome.
    • Examine for signs of systemic diseases that may cause frequent bowel movements - e.g. tremor and increased heart rate of hyperthyroidism; considerable flushing of carcinoid syndrome; hyperpigmentation of the skin in Addison's disease; and dermatitis and dementia of pellagra.
  • Blood tests
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Medications or substances causing Frequent bowel movements:

The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible causes of Frequent bowel movements as a symptom. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

Frequent bowel movements: Comorbid Symptoms

Some of the comorbid or associated medical symptoms for Frequent bowel movements may include these symptoms:

Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Frequent bowel movements

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Assessment Questionnaire: Questions your doctor may ask (and why!)

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Frequent bowel movements. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

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Frequent bowel movements: Deaths

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Misdiagnosis and Frequent bowel movements

Chronic digestive conditions often misdiagnosed: When diagnosing chronic symptoms of the digestive tract, there are a variety of conditions that may be misdiagnosed. The best known, irritable bowel syndrome, is over-diagnosed, whereas more »

Intestinal bacteria disorder may be hidden cause: One of the lesser known causes of diarrhea is an imbalance of bacterial in the gut, sometimes called intestinal imbalance. The digestive system contains a variety of "good" bacteria that more »

Antibiotics often causes diarrhea: The use of antibiotics are very likely to cause some level of diarrhea in patients. The reason is that antibiotics kill off not only "bad" bacteria, but can more »

Food poisoning may actually be an infectious disease: Many people who come down with "stomach symptoms" like diarrhea assume that it's "something I ate" (i.e. food poisoning). more »

Mesenteric adenitis misdiagnosed as appendicitis in children: Because appendicitis is one of the more feared conditions for a child with abdominal pain, it can be over-diagnosed (it can, of course, also fail to be diagnosed more »

Celiac disease often fails to be diagnosed cause of chronic digestive symptoms: One of the most common chronic digestive conditions is more »

Chronic digestive diseases hard to diagnose: There is an inherent difficulty in diagnosing the various types of chronic digestive diseases. Some of the better known possibilities are peptic ulcer, colon cancer, irritable more »

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Frequent bowel movements: Related Rare Diseases

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Frequent bowel movements: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Organs affected by Frequent bowel movements:

The list of organs typically affected by Frequent bowel movements may include, but is not limited to:

Detailed list of causes of Frequent bowel movements

The list below shows some of the causes of Frequent bowel movements mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Frequent bowel movements?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Frequent bowel movements. Of the 15 causes of Frequent bowel movements that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 1 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 3 causes are "common" diseases
  • 1 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 1 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 2 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 12 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Frequent bowel movements:

The following list of conditions have 'Frequent bowel movements' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Frequent bowel movements:

The following list of medical conditions have Frequent bowel movements or similar listed as a medical complication in our database. The distinction between a symptom and complication is not always clear, and conditions mentioning this symptom as a complication may also be relevant. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.


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Causes of Frequent bowel movements Based on Risk Factors

This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Frequent bowel movements based on whether certain risk factors apply to the patient:

  • Travel - has the patient travelled recently?

    Doctors and specialists: Who should I consult about Frequent bowel movements?

    Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Frequent bowel movements, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.

    Important:In extreme cases, always seek advice from emergency services :

    Classifications of Frequent bowel movements:

    Medical Conditions associated with Frequent bowel movements:

    Bowel movements (2383 causes), Bowel problems (2509 causes), Digestive symptoms (5299 causes), Abdominal symptoms (5930 causes), Stool symptoms (2508 causes), Defecation symptoms (2383 causes), Intestinal symptoms (5299 causes), Lower abdominal symptoms (3048 causes), Digestive system symptoms (5299 causes)

    Symptoms related to Frequent bowel movements:

    Diarrhea (2312 causes), Fabry's Disease (1 cause), Graves Disease (10 causes), Hyperthyroidism (41 causes), Vagina cancer

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