Frequency Of Diarrhea Episodes

What Causes Frequent Diarrhea?

Frequent diarrhea can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'generally fatal'.  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 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 "frequent diarrhea" as a symptom.  Here are eight of many possibilities (more below):
  • Food Poisoning
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Food Allergies
  • Mesenteric Ischemia
  • Lactose Intolerance
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Drug Side-Effects
  • Gluten Sensitivity

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:
elevated lymphocyte count
waking up with dry eyes
severe right iliac pain
chronic nausea
pain between shoulder blades
meals worsen left iliac pain
discontinued non-human estrogen use
Asian ethnicity
diabetes in family members
occasional rotten egg burps
having excess body fat
bowel movement changes
... and more than 130 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 diarrhea:
Cause Probability Status
Intestinal Obstruction 99% Confirm
Food Allergies 28% Unlikely
Gluten Sensitivity 13% Unlikely
Food Poisoning 3% Ruled out
Gallbladder Disease 1% Ruled out
Drug Side-Effects 0% Ruled out
Mesenteric Ischemia 0% Ruled out
Lactose Intolerance 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.

In the Bowel Movement Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about frequency of diarrhea episodes:
Approximately how often do you suffer from diarrhea?
Possible responses:
→ Very rarely / it is not a problem / don't know
→ Occasionally - a few times a year
→ Regularly - at least once a month
→ Often - at least once a week
→ Frequently - after most or all meals
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate not suffering from diarrhea, occasional episodes of diarrhea, regular episodes of diarrhea or frequent episodes of diarrhea, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
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