What Could Be Causing Your Diarrhea?
By Advanced Digestive Care
November 27, 2017
Category: Gastroenterologist
Tags: Diarrhea  

What could be causing your diarrhea that's so uncomfortable and tiring? Well, the frequent stools, pain and all too frequent trips to the diarrheabathroom could stem from a variety of factors. The National institutes of Health state that adults have at least one bout of this gastrointestinal problem annually while children may have two episodes in one year. Who can get to the source of diarrhea? Dr. Umesh Choudhry and Dr. Gourisankar (Shankar) Degala, board-certified gastroenterologists in Clearwater, FL, diagnose and treat diarrhea so patients feel better, eat well and get back to their normal routines.

What are the symptoms of diarrhea?

Diarrhea is a gastrointestinal upset that may last days to weeks and may be chronic in nature. Typical symptoms include:

  • Abdominal bloating
  • Cramping
  • Frequent and watery stools

More serious forms of diarrhea are accompanied by fever, malaise, dehydration and black or tarry stools.

What causes diarrhea?

Again, diarrhea in Clearwater may be acute (episodic) or chronic (recurring and long-lasting). Acute diarrhea often originates with a virus or bacteria, stress, food poisoning or irritating foods, such as chili. Chronic diarrhea in Clearwater is more concerning and requires a GI work-up.

Chronic diarrhea lasts more than two days. It warrants a call to Advanced Digestive Care. Some chronic diarrhea may be linked to allergies, malabsorption problems in the very elderly or to gluten-sensitivities found in people with Celiac Disease. Also called Sprue, Celiac Disease affects the small intestine and impedes the absorption of nutrients from wheat, barley and other grains.

Other causes of chronic diarrhea include irritable bowel disease (inflammatory in nature), ulcerative colitis and Crohn's Disease. Crohn's Disease is particularly destructive to the intestinal tract. It involves bleeding, inflammation, rectal fistulas and more. Characteristically episodic, Crohn's impacts more than three-quarters of a million American adults, usually between the ages of 15 and 35, states the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation.

What can be done?

If you have a mild case of diarrhea, be sure to drink plenty of water as tolerated to stay hydrated. Also, as you begin to eat again, try a very bland diet: rice, clear liquids, applesauce, Cheerios, bananas.

If your symptoms persist for more than two days, please call Advanced Digestive Care for an appointment. Dr. Choudhry or Dr. Degala will perform a complete history and physical and may order blood work or on-site diagnostic testing such as endoscopy.

Feel better

You can understand the reasons for your diarrhea in Clearwater and get effectively treated. Call Advanced Diagnostic Care for an appointment: (727) 462-0444.