What Causes Chronic Diarrhea?
Chronic diarrhea can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'very serious'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose chronic diarrhea, we could:
- Research the topic
- Find a doctor with the time
- Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.
Step 1: List all Possible Causes
We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "chronic diarrhea" as a symptom. Here are eight of many possibilities (more below
- Bacterial Dysbiosis
- Epstein-Barr Virus
- Lactose Intolerance
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
depression with fatigue
hot flashes between period
high systolic blood pressure
recent oily hair
frequent severe earaches
severe vision disturbances
paying great attention to detail
very frequent stools
weak sexual desire
... and more than 120 others
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of chronic diarrhea:
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
If you suffer significantly from diarrhea (at least once per week), for how long has this been a problem?
→ It is not a problem / don't know
→ It started within the last week
→ It started within the last month
→ I've had it for 1 to 3 months
→ I've had it for over 3 months
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate no significant diarrhea, recent onset diarrhea, diarrhea for 1-3 months or chronic diarrhea, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
|Stress and anxiety are common causes of rapid food transit through the intestines.|