Hard or loose stools can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'very serious'. 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 hard or loose stools, we could:
|Crohn's Disease||2%||Ruled out|
|Lactose Intolerance||1%||Ruled out|
|Ulcerative Colitis||0%||Ruled out|
On average, how well-formed are your bowel movements / stools?
Possible responses:→ Don't know
→ Hard, difficult to pass
→ Well-formed, easy to pass
→ Very loose and watery