As I have sometimes diarrhea I want to start a habit of documentating my toilet visits every morning. I however don't know how to categories it.

Are their notation systems or categorisation scheme used by medical professional that are recommended for patients gathering information like this?

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The bristol chart is commonly used for describing the texture and consistency of stools. See chart and details below.

enter image description here By Cabot Health, Bristol Stool Chart (http://cdn.intechopen.com/pdfs-wm/46082.pdf) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Quoting the wikipedia article linked above

The seven types of stool are:

  1. Separate hard lumps, like nuts (hard to pass)
  2. Sausage-shaped, but lumpy
  3. Like a sausage but with cracks on its surface
  4. Like a sausage or snake, smooth and soft
  5. Soft blobs with clear cut edges (passed easily)
  6. Fluffy pieces with ragged edges, a mushy stool
  7. Watery, no solid pieces, entirely liquid

Types 1 and 2 indicate constipation, with 3 and 4 being the ideal stools (especially the latter), as they are easy to defecate while not containing excess liquid, and 5, 6 and 7 tending towards diarrhoea.

  • @michaelpri Thanks for your feedback guys. I've added the chart and some more information.
    – vidstige
    Jun 30, 2016 at 10:12
  • Much better. :-)
    – Carey Gregory
    Jun 30, 2016 at 13:51

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