Diarrhea & Constipation Specialists

Illinois Gastroenterology Group -  - Gastroenterology

Illinois Gastroenterology Group

Gastroenterology located in Elgin, IL & South Elgin, IL

Don’t let diarrhea or constipation dictate your day and cause you dismay when the Illinois Gastroenterology Group offers solutions and treatments to regulate and improve your digestive system. In Elgin, Illinois, the highly qualified medical experts get to the root cause of constipation and diarrhea and work efficiently to give you relief and prevent further complications or symptoms. Leave your digestive and bowel problems in the past. Call Illinois Gastroenterology Group today or click online to schedule.

Diarrhea & Constipation Q & A

What is Diarrhea?

Diarrhea refers to watery, loose, and possibly more frequent bowel movements. Usually, diarrhea lasts just a few days. If it lasts longer, it could be a sign of a condition like irritable bowel disorder (IBS).

You might also have abdominal bloating and cramps, or pain, fever, blood, or mucus in your stool.

What Causes Diarrhea?

Several diseases and conditions can cause diarrhea, including:

  • Viruses
  • Parasites and bacteria
  • Certain medications
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Fructose (fruit sugar)
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Certain abdominal and gallbladder removal surgeries
  • Other digestive disorders like Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis

 

Diarrhea can lead to dehydration.

How is Diarrhea Treated?

After sufficient testing like a stool or blood test or a sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy, your provider can recommend:

  • Antibiotics to fight infection
  • Treatment to replace fluids and salts (IV fluids or drinking water)
  • Adjusting your medications
  • Treating underlying medical conditions like inflammatory bowel disease
  • Healthy lifestyle changes (nutritional counseling, regular exercise, and stress management)

 

Your provider might also recommend losing weight, taking probiotics, and/or altering your fiber intake.

What is Constipation?

Constipation refers to infrequent bowel movements or difficulty passing stools that persists for several weeks or longer. You’re generally considered constipated if you’re having fewer than three bowel movements every week.

Occasional constipation is common and might not be a cause for concern, but if you experience chronic constipation that’s interfering with your daily life, you should visit Illinois Gastroenterology Group.

Chronic constipation usually causes you to strain excessively to have a bowel movement.

What Causes Constipation?

Chronic constipation can be caused by blockages in your rectum or colon, which can be associated with:

  • Anal fissures
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Colon cancer
  • Narrowing of the colon
  • Multiple sclerosis and other neurological conditions
  • Rectal cancer
  • Hormonal conditions like diabetes


The muscles involved in having a bowel movement can be weakened, leading to constipation.

How is Constipation Treated?

After sufficient testing like a general physical exam, a digital rectal exam, blood tests, X-rays, colonoscopy, anorectal manometry, and/or sigmoidoscopy, your provider might recommend nutritional counseling.

Your provider might also suggest healthy lifestyle changes like increasing your fiber intake, managing your stress, training your pelvic muscles, losing weight, and exercising.

Medications or surgery can be necessary in some cases. Laxatives, fiber supplements, and stool softeners can be helpful.

Surgery can be an excellent solution if your constipation is caused by a blockage, stricture, or, in women, a rectocele.

If other treatments are unsuccessful and you have abnormally slow movement of stool through your colon, your provider could suggest the surgical removal of part of your colon.

For the best in gastroenterological care for your constipation or diarrhea, book online or call Illinois Gastroenterology Group today.