When to see a doctor

By Mayo Clinic Staff

See your doctor if more-frequent bowel movements are also accompanied by any of the following signs or symptoms:

  • Changes in the consistency, volume or appearance of your bowel movements, such as repeatedly passing narrow, ribbon-like stools or loose, watery stools
  • Abdominal pain
  • Blood, mucus or pus in your feces

Diseases and other conditions that may cause such signs and symptoms include:

  1. Celiac disease
  2. Crohn's disease (a type of inflammatory bowel disease)
  3. Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)
  4. Duodenitis (inflammation of the initial portion of the small intestine)
  5. Medication side effects
  6. Ulcerative colitis
Nov. 04, 2014