Frequent Bowel Movements

What Causes Frequent Stools?

Frequent stools can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'troubling' to 'critical'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose frequent stools, 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 "frequent stools" as a symptom.  Here are eight of many possibilities (more below):
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Bacterial Dysbiosis
  • Food Allergies
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Crohn's Disease
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Lactose Intolerance
  • Gastritis

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:
recent onset nausea
excessive flatulence
bloating caused by specific foods
meal-related bloating
moderate epigastric pain
chronic diarrhea
unsound sleep
history of candidiasis
rapid pulse rate
green stool color
orange stool color
heart racing/palpitations
... and more than 150 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of frequent stools:
Cause Probability Status
Gastritis 98% Confirm
Hyperthyroidism 26% Unlikely
Lactose Intolerance 14% Unlikely
Irritable Bowel Syndrome 1% Ruled out
Food Allergies 0% Ruled out
Crohn's Disease 0% Ruled out
HIV/AIDS 0% Ruled out
Bacterial Dysbiosis 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ 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 indicate irregular stools, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Do you have a tendency toward frequent bowel movements / stools?
Possible responses:
→ No / not applicable / don't know
→ Somewhat, have 2-3 stools per day
→ Yes, have 4-5 stools per day
→ Yes, have 6-7 stools per day
→ Yes, 8 or more stools per day
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either frequent stools or very frequent stools, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Lactose Intolerance

Loose, watery stools are signs of lactose malabsorption / lactase deficiency.

Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis may result in an increased urgency to defecate, up to 10 or 20 times per day.

... and also rule out issues such as:
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