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:
orange stool color
occasional slight bloating
frequent mucus in stools
loss of appetite
bowel movement changes
regular unexplained nausea
green stool color
irritable bowel syndrome
frequent meal-related bloating
recent onset diarrhea
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.
When you have abdominal pain, does a bowel movement reduce it?
→ 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).