Diarrhea is a common symptom in those with a history of digest issues. The definition of diarrhea is the production of liquid stools during bowel movements that is often frequent and can be associated with urgency. Diarrhea can be accompanied by excess gas, bloating and abdominal cramping among other symptoms. Causes of diarrhea can include: infection by bacteria or parasites, diet, inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and pelvic floor imbalances. If diarrhea lasts for more than 3 days, you should seek medical care.
Constipation affects roughly one third of all people living in the United States. Constipation is not a disease in itself, but a symptom of a problem in the digestive tract. You may have constipation if you have fewer than 3 bowel movements per week, stools are difficult or painful to pass, you have difficulty starting a bowel movement, stools is hard, dry, lumpy or pellet like, or you feel that stools are not complete at the end of a bowel movement. Constipation can be a sign that you need to drink more water or change the amount of fiber you eat. If constipation is prolonged or chronic additional treatment and evaluation should be considered. Constipation can be present in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), pelvic floor imbalances and issues with intestinal motility.
The good news is you don’t have to live with diarrhea and constipation as there are many treatments available to help restore normal bowel function and get back on track.