That sudden urge to poop your pants after eating and what you can do about it
Health Crush Contributor
Bowel Accidents Happen. Ever had a sudden urge to go to the bathroom and didn't make it in time? You are experiencing a sudden bowel movement. Normal bowel habits range 1-3 times per day, but diarrhea immediately after eating could be a symptom of an underlying condition or fecal incontinence.
Have you ever experienced having to go to the bathroom right after eating, had digestion issues midway through a meal, or even gotten a whiff of coffee and had to GO? Diarrhea immediately after eating is a symptom of several disorders that could be affecting your bowel movements.
SUDDEN BOWEL MOVEMENT URGE VS.FECAL INCONTINENCE
Fecal incontinence is when you have trouble keeping control of your bowel movements and literally have no control over when it comes out. Think of diapers. Nursing homes. Chances are, this is not the case for you.
Having an urgent need for a bowel movement but having enough control to get to a toilet in time and avoid bowel accidents is not incontinence. It probably means you have some type of bowel problem.
You may think having diarrhea immediately after eating your meal is caused by indulging in fast foods or other unhealthy options, but SuReceta’s integrative medicine expert, Dr. Joseph Mosquera asserts otherwise.
“Those sudden bathroom trips you may be experiencing are most likely symptoms of an underlying condition that happen to be exacerbated by poor food choices,” says Dr. Mosquera.
I did some research and partnered up with Dr. Joseph Mosquera to suss out the details of what could be triggering the need to poop right after eating, and what can be done to stop it.
First, let’s backtrack a little to learn about what gives us the urge to go to the bathroom in the first place.
The gastrocolic reflex
The all too familiar “trigger” sensation we feel to go to the bathroom is called the gastrocolic reflex. Once we begin eating, and have food moving into the stomach, the stomach signals the brain to in turn signal the colon to move out stuff because more stuff is coming down the pipe.
Once we begin eating, and have food moving into the stomach, the stomach signals the brain to in turn signal the colon to move out stuff because more stuff is coming down the pipe.
“Now people naturally have different gastrocolic reflexes,” explains Dr. Mosquera, “but this reflex can be affected by a number of factors from a food allergy to just feeling anxious.”