Diarrhea is defined as liquid watery stools. It can be caused by infectious or inflamatory conditions, (ulcerative colitis or crohn's colitis,) of the large colon, or due to a malabsorbtion syndrome of the small bowel (i.e. Celiac Disease), or due to a chronic process (i.e. Chronic Pancreatitis),or even due to drugs being taken for other conditions. Stress (Diarrhea predominant irritable bowel syndrome) is another common cause of chronic diarrhea.
Persons suffering with Diarrhea know that it can interupt life's daily activities--ability to take car trips, go to work, exercise at the gym, or do chores at home because of the need to stay close to a toilet. Fortunately, most Diarrhea can be treated completely or at least controlled to allow patients to lead a full lifestyle.
Depending on the underlying cause of your diarrhea their are various treatment options available.
An initial consultation and diagnosis may require stool studies,colonoscopy, x-rays,aboratory studies, or small bowel biopsy. Once the physician locates the underlying cause for your Diarrhea, treatment protocols may begin.
Note all of your symptoms down on a list so that you can give your doctor all the information about your health that is related to constipation, including medicines, over the counter remedies and vitamins, weight changes, etc.
For further information, read about Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Crohn's & Colitis.
Why do I have Diarrhea and what are the treatments?
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