What other symptoms might occur with frequent bowel movements?

Frequent bowel movements may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Symptoms that frequently affect the digestive tract may also involve other body systems.

Digestive system symptoms that may occur along with frequent bowel movements

Frequent bowel movements may accompany other symptoms affecting the digestive tract including:

  • Abdominal pain or cramping
  • Abdominal swelling, distension or bloating
  • Abnormally foul-smelling stools
  • Bloody stool (blood may be red, black, or tarry in texture)
  • Changes in stool color or consistency
  • Diarrhea
  • Fecal incontinence (inability to control stools)
  • Gas
  • Nausea with or without vomiting
  • Painful bowel movements
  • Urgent need to pass stool

Other symptoms that may occur along with frequent bowel movements

Frequent bowel movements may accompany symptoms related to other body systems including:

  • Body aches
  • Dehydration
  • Fever
  • General ill feeling
  • Hives
  • Weight loss

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, frequent bowel movements may be a symptom of a life-threatening condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these life-threatening symptoms including:

  • Bloody stool (the blood may be red, black, or tarry in texture)
  • Change in level of consciousness or alertness, such as passing out or unresponsiveness
  • Change in mental status or sudden behavior change, such as confusion, delirium, lethargy, hallucinations and delusions
  • High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Not producing any urine, or an infant who does not produce the usual amount of wet diapers
  • Pus in the stool
  • Rapid heart rate (tachycardia)
  • Severe rectal or abdominal pain
  • Vomiting blood or rectal bleeding


What are frequent bowel movements?

Bowel habits, including the number of times a person passes stool each day, their volume, and their consistency vary from individual to individual. Because of this, precise criteria for frequent bowel movements do not exist. Having frequent bowel movements means that you are having more bowel movements than is normal for you.

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What causes frequent bowel movements?

A variety of conditions can cause frequent bowel movements. They may also be related to certain foods or medications.

Digestive tract causes of frequent bowel movements

Frequent bowel movements may be caused by conditions of the digestive tract including:

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Aug 23, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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