Diarrhea & Constipation Specialists

Illinois Gastroenterology Group -  - Gastroenterology

Illinois Gastroenterology Group

Gastroenterology located in Oak Lawn, Oakbrook Terrace & Palos Heights, IL

If your bowel movements have changed and you experience frequent diarrhea or constipation, it’s time to schedule an evaluation at Illinois Gastroenterology Group. The board-certified team of physicians offers comprehensive diagnostics and treatment services at their Oak Lawn, Oakbrook Terrace and Palos Heights, Illinois, gastroenterology clinics. The experienced team uses custom treatment plans to address your specific symptoms and condition to help you feel better fast. Don’t delay a diagnostic appointment for chronic diarrhea or constipation. Call Illinois Gastroenterology Group today or request an appointment using the online booking feature.

Diarrhea & Constipation Q & A

What Causes Diarrhea?

Diarrhea is a condition where your stool becomes watery and loose three or more times in a day. Acute diarrhea can be the result of:

  • Viruses
  • Food sensitivities
  • Use of certain medicines
  • Contaminated water or food

You can also develop chronic diarrhea that lasts for several weeks due to underlying gastrointestinal conditions, like irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn’s disease.

What is Constipation?

Constipation is a condition where you have bowel movements fewer than three times a week. Stool moves too slowly through the digestive tract and becomes hard and dry, making it difficult for you to eliminate it from your body.

It’s common for people to experience occasional constipation due to a poor diet or not drinking enough water, but some people may develop chronic constipation as the result of underlying issues like:

  • Obstructions
  • Anal fissures (tears)
  • Neurological conditions
  • Poor muscle coordination

You may also be prone to constipation if you have chronic health conditions, like diabetes, cancer, or a thyroid disorder.

When Should I Seek Treatment for Diarrhea and Constipation?

Because both chronic diarrhea and constipation can lead to other health complications, you should schedule an evaluation at Illinois Gastroenterology Group if your condition doesn’t resolve on its own within 3-5 days or gets worse.

Your Illinois Gastroenterology Group provider may recommend over-the-counter or prescription medications to treat diarrhea. Diarrhea can cause dehydration, and you may need supplemental fluids in addition to medications to prevent additional health issues.

Treating constipation usually involves lifestyle and diet modifications, as well as medications that soften your stool or stimulate muscle contractions to help you eliminate waste more efficiently.

In your evaluation for both diarrhea and constipation, your Illinois Gastroenterology Group provider may recommend additional diagnostic testing to rule out or confirm underlying gastrointestinal and other issues that may be causing your chronic symptoms.

The Illinois Gastroenterology Group medical team can work with you on your diet, regular exercise plan, and other lifestyle factors that can lower your risk for constipation and diarrhea. They will also address underlying health conditions, like irritable bowel syndrome, with a customized treatment plan to prevent additional episodes of constipation, diarrhea, and other related symptoms.

If you need a diagnostic appointment for diarrhea or constipation, call Illinois Gastroenterology Group today or use the online booking feature to request an appointment.