Common bowel problems include celiac disease, diverticulitis, intestinal obstruction, structural abnormalities of the bowel and inflammatory bowel disease. Other bowel problems are infections, irritable bowel syndrome and tumors, according to Healthgrades.
Bowel problems are associated with frequent need to rush to the toilet, being unable to pass stools, leaking stool when passing wind and painful bowel motion, notes Age UK. Problems during fetal development in the womb, intussusception and failed intestinal surgery may cause bowel problems. Although bowel problems are usually not an emergency, prolonged symptoms such as persistent diarrhea, vomiting blood, or an inability to pass stools or gas require urgent medical care, according to Healthgrades.