5. Frequent Defecation
With chronic diarrhea, a Crohn’s disease sufferer may experience very frequent defecation. It may be upwards of 20 times a day, even waking the person up at night. Very frequent defecation brings a host of related conditions. Hemorrhoids are common as the bowels lose friction to the excrement. Prolonged Crohn’s attacks can bring on fecal incontinence. The rectum may also suffer from abscesses and fistulas. These too can cause fecal incontinence.