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:
green stool color
past vaccinations
occasional slight bloating
frequent mucus in stools
loss of appetite
bowel movement changes
regular unexplained nausea
chronic diarrhea
frequent abdominal discomfort
frequent meal-related bloating
frequent stools
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).