Constipation/Diarrhea

constipation and diarrheaHaving infrequent or frequent bowel movements can negatively impact ones quality of life.  These symptoms can be a sign of an underlying GI condition and should not be ignored. There are numerous causes of both diarrhea and constipation and a systematic approach to accurate diagnosis is necessary for effective treatment of these conditions.
  • Constipation: Constipation is defined as a reduction in the frequency of bowel movements leading to discomfort. Common causes of constipation include:
    • Dehydration
    • Diet related changes to the stool
    • Slowed intestinal movement
    • Drugs and medications
    • Irritable bowel syndrome
    • Colon obstruction.

Constipation of new onset can occasionally be a presenting sign of colon cancer which can be diagnosed by a colonoscopy. If you have had a change in your bowel habits or are tired of struggling to have a bowel movement, please call us today so we can help you identify the cause and treat you safely and effectively.

  • Diarrhea: Diarrhea is defined as loosening of the stools, with a change in consistency, frequency and occasionally with an increase in urgency. Diarrhea can be caused by:
    •  Infections
    • Medications
    • Dietary factors
    • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
    • Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis)
    • Conditions which cause rapid intestinal movement.

Diarrhea can occasional be associated with abdominal pain. Workup includes stool studies to look for infection, blood work to evaluate for potential causes, and occasionally an EGD and colonoscopy to obtain biopsies from the small intestine and colon. You may also want to consider an H. pylori or hydrogen breath test. If you suffer from diarrhea, please allow us to diagnose and treat your problem in order to get you back on track.

Please contact us if you have experienced any of the aforementioned symptoms for more than two weeks. We will be happy to set up an appointment for you.