When should I call my doctor about frequent bowel movements?

Contact your doctor if you have frequent bowel movements and any of the following symptoms:

  • Bloody stools or bleeding from the rectum
  • Very bad-smelling stools
  • Unintended weight loss
  • Severe or chronic (long-term) diarrhea
  • Acute severe diarrhea after hospitalization or after taking antibiotics
  • Painful, swollen or bloated abdomen
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Painful bowel movements
  • Incontinence (an inability to control bowel movements)
  • Urgent need to have a bowel movement
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Body aches
  • Fever
  • Chills

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