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Constipation & Diarrhea

Marc David Makhani, MD -  - Gastroenterologist

LA Digestive Health and Wellness

Marc David Makhani, MD

Gastroenterologist located in Cedars-Sinai Medical Towers, Los Angeles, CA

Patients in Los Angeles, CA, seeking relief from chronic diarrhea or constipation can visit LA Digestive Health and Wellness, located at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Towers, to receive their individualized treatment plan.

Constipation and Diarrhea Q &A

What causes chronic diarrhea?

There are many different causes of chronic diarrhea including intestinal disorders, infectious diseases, low fiber intake, and Crohn's disease.

Is treatment necessary for chronic diarrhea?

Individuals who suffer from chronic diarrhea are at great risk for dehydration, malnutrition, electrolyte imbalance, and in some cases, death. Although there are several natural remedies for treating chronic diarrhea, it's important that you see a Gastroenterologist if your symptoms persist. Dr. Makhani will evaluate your symptoms, order the necessary lab tests, and come up with a customized treatment plan for each of his patients. 

What are some causes of constipation?

Constipation can happen when dietary changes occur. If an individual eats something that their digestive system isn't used to, they can experience constipation. 

How can constipation be treated?

Luckily, there are many at-home remedies that you can do to relieve constipation. Some of these at-home remedies include drinking warm fluids, increasing your fiber intake, and over-the-counter laxatives. It's important that you do not overuse the laxatives as this may result in the opposite effect, actually causing constipation. Those who experience chronic or frequent constipation should seek medical assistance from a Gastroenterologist, as a medical diagnosis for chronic constipation may be necessary. 

 If a patient gets both constipation and diarrhea often, do they have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?

The answer depends on their natural history and prior work up.  The hallmark of IBS is change in bowel habits, gas/bloating, abdominal discomfort and relief with defecation.