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People with these symptoms also use Ubie's symptom checker to find possible causes

  • Slow bowel movements

  • Feeling of incomplete bowel emptying

  • Recent stool was hard and small

  • Recent stool was like a pellet.

  • Hard and dry stool

  • I want to poop but don't come out

  • Stool is hard

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Content updated on May 23, 2022

When to See a Doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Family history of colorectal cancer

  • Edema

  • Abdominal pain

  • Decrease in stool caliber

Possible Causes

  • Aerophagia

    Excessive and repetitive swallowing of air, resulting in symptoms of burping and flatulence. It can be caused by psychological reasons or habits, or use of machines that assist in breathing (CPAP machines).

  • Constipation

    Difficulty passing motion. Constipation can also refer to a decrease in stool quantity (e.g. passing motion every day but only small amounts). It can be caused by a variety of things, including dietary habits, mobility, illnesses and medications.

  • Hypothyroidism

    A disorder where levels of thyroid hormone in the body are abnormally low. These hormones are needed for growth, development and metabolism.

  • Meckel's diverticulosis

  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • Hemorrhoid
  • Colon cancer
  • Anorexia nervosa / bulimia nervosa
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Ovarian cyst

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you have hard stools or constipation recently?

  • Do you often have the urge to pass motion but are unable to do so?

  • Are your stools hard and shaped like pellets? (like that of a rabbit)

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Is there blood in your stool?

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