Most people experience occasional diarrhea and constipation. However, if your symptoms become severe or persistent, it may be a sign of a more serious underlying condition. At Illinois Gastroenterology Group in Gurnee, Evanston, Skokie, Libertyville, Lindenhurst, Highland Park, & Lincoln Park, Chicago, Illinois, the team of expert gastroenterologists can help you determine the cause of your diarrhea or constipation and the best options for effective relief. To speak with a board-certified doctor about your symptoms, call the office or book your appointment online.
Diarrhea occurs when you produce loose or watery bowel movements that increase in frequency. In most cases, diarrhea is short-lived but can become persistent or continuous if you’re suffering from an underlying condition.
If you experience diarrhea that’s accompanied by abdominal pain, bloating or bloody stool, book an appointment at Illinois Gastroenterology Group to discuss your digestive health.
Constipation refers to infrequent bowel movements or the inability to pass dry and hard stools. Although most constipation resolves in a few days, chronic constipation occurs for several weeks or longer.
If you have fewer than three bowel movements a week, you may be experiencing constipation.
A number of issues can cause diarrhea and constipation, including:
Diarrhea and constipation can signal a number of issues with your digestive health. Chronic conditions like Crohn’s and celiac disease can also cause diarrhea. Issues with the nerves and muscles of the digestive tract can impair bowel movement, causing constipation.
If you experience persistent symptoms, the gastroenterology experts at Illinois Gastroenterology Group can help you determine the underlying cause of your condition.
If your condition doesn't respond to at-home remedies, an evaluation of your digestive health may be necessary to address your symptoms.
After discussing your condition and medical history, your Illinois Gastroenterology Group doctor performs a physical examination. They may also perform additional tests like:
Treatment for your condition depends on the underlying cause. Your doctor begins with conservative treatment, working with you to develop lifestyle and dietary modifications that can help you experience long-term relief from your symptoms. Medications are also used to address chronic diarrhea and constipation.
In rare cases, surgery is required to treat conditions that cause diarrhea like colon cancer or Crohn’s disease. At Illinois Gastroenterology Group, your doctor provides you with a treatment plan tailored to the needs of your digestive health.
To speak with a doctor about diarrhea and constipation, book your appointment with Illinois Gastroenterology Group by phone or online today.