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:
If you are experiencing episodes of abdominal pain (or discomfort), does a bowel movement (BM) reduce this pain?
Possible responses:→ I don't have abdominal pain / don't know
→ No, the pain remains the same after a BM
→ No, the pain gets worse after a BM
→ Yes, there is a moderate improvement
→ Yes, big improvement, the pain (almost) disappears