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I am so confused about what makes D - D? I have bowel movements more frequent than I used to - sometimes three or four a day - which for me is much more than I used to. Now, it is not like diarrhea I used to get when I was "normal" - that being all watery and so forth and I would feel pain in the stomach etc. This is more firm , but smaller amounts more often. Does this qualify as D? I am so confused and not even sure about having IBS? The only constant symptom I've had is bloating.
 

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Barb,I have the same problem as you. I usually have 2 to 3 urgent BMs a day. It isn't watery, but instead is solid and soft (sorry to be grosse). I asked the same question you did a few months ago, and was told this is still considered D.I hope this helps!
 

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Hi again Barb,I think under the Rome II criteria (as below) what you are describing probably would qualify as diarrhea, as you said you go 3 - 4 times a day (more than 3 times per day is part of the diagnostic criteria). If you also have a feeling of urgency with it, (that is you can't hold it for at least a couple of minutes) then that would also be further evidence of your symptoms being attributable to IBS.Just curious too, have you been officially diagnosed with IBS by your doctor? If so did he/she do any tests to reach the IBS diagnosis, ie; blood tests, stool tests, endoscopy or colonoscopy? If not I would ask for some further tests to be done to rule out other possibilities.
quote:Rome II Diagnostic Criteria for Diagnosing IBSAt least 12 weeks, which need not be consecutive, in the preceding 12 months of abdominal discomfort of pain that has 2 out of 3 features:� Relieved with defecation� Onset associated with a change in frequency of stool� Onset associated with a change in form (appearance) of stoolSymptoms that cumulatively support the diagnosis of Irritable bowel syndrome� abnormal stool frequency (more than 3 bowel movements per day or less than 3 bowel movements per week)� Abnormal stool form (lumpy/hard or loose/watery stool)� Abnormal stool passage (straining, urgency or feeling of incomplete evacuation)� Passage of mucus� Bloating or feeling of abdominal distension
 
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