A man makes a horrified face while looking at toilet paper; weird stool concept

4. Hard, Small Stool

It’s hard and lumpy or maybe just looks like small rocks. Why is that?

Why is it hard?

Hard stool can be the result of constipation. While constipation is no fun and can be painful to pass, it is not always a sign of a serious problem. In many cases, poor diet is to blame. Drinking more water and eating more fiber, for instance, can help clear many cases of hard, lumpy stool.

What else causes hard stool?

Other reasons your stool may be hard or that you may have constipation include:

  • Advanced age
  • Anxiety or stress
  • Celiac disease
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Lack of exercise
  • Laxative abuse
  • Medications
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Pregnancy
  • Traveling

Clearly, constipation is quite common and isn’t always a cause for alarm, unlike the following…

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