Pain That Is Relieved By A Bowel Movement

What Causes Pain Relieved By A Bowel Movement?

Pain relieved by a bowel movement can have various causes, just like most other symptoms.  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 pain relieved by a bowel movement, 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 "pain relieved by a bowel movement" as a symptom.  For example, irritable bowel syndrome.

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:
occasional painful urge to defecate
occasional abdominal discomfort
occasional slight bloating
frequent mucus in stools
loss of appetite
bowel movement changes
regular unexplained nausea
orange stool color
frequent stools
frequent meal-related bloating
green stool color
dairy product consumption
... and so on

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of pain relieved by a bowel movement.

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 abdominal pain, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
When you have abdominal pain, does a bowel movement reduce it?
Possible responses:
→ I don't have abdominal pain / don't know
→ No, the pain remains the same or gets worse
→ Moderate improvement
→ Big improvement - the pain disappears
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either abdominal pain not relieved by BM or abdominal discomfort relieved by BM, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome).