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If you’re dealing with digestive issues, it sometimes can seem that you’re walking a tightrope between not enough bowel regularity and movements that are too frequent. If you’re experiencing the uncomfortable feeling of constipation, you can take medications or supplement your diet with fiber and certain lifestyle changes so as to encourage bowel movements. Any and all symptoms should be diagnosed by your gastroenterologist for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

Where and how do you draw the line? What’s “normal” in terms of regularity anyway?

Consult Your Doctor!

First of all, if you think you’re ill — if you are suffering from constipation or diarrhea — you should schedule an appointment your gastroenterologist.  If your symptoms are happening in conjunction with other symptoms, this could be a much more  serious condition than you may realize. Call Gastroenterology in New York to consult your doctor.

You may control your symptoms with over-the-counter medications, but this form of treatment is rarely a long term healthy solution. A gastroenterologist should exam you, asking the right questions, to make a qualified diagnosis. Only then, can effective treatment begin.

How Regular Is Regular?

Each body has different needs. This can depend on diet, age, ethnicity, and history. For some people, one bowel movement a day is normal. For others, the number approaches three. Whatever is normal for you may not be normal for someone else. It’s usually obvious when you’re having more than the normal number of bowel movements in a day. It can be more challenging to notice constipation, but if it goes on long enough, it should become evident, especially with the other uncomfortable symptoms that accompany constipation, such as stomach cramps, incontinence and hemorrhoids. Any and all symptoms should be diagnosed by your gastroenterologist for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

Everyone experiences short-term constipation. If you have fewer than three bowel movements a week, however, this could be a sign of a serious condition.  If the condition lasts longer than a week, seek medical help. Long-term constipation is not healthy.

On the other end of the spectrum is diarrhea. It’s never a pleasant experience. If not treated, it can dehydrate you. If you are suffering from diarrhea, drink plenty of fluids and seek medical attention if it lasts longer than a couple days.  Any and all symptoms should be diagnosed by your gastroenterologist for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

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The information on this website is to provide general information. The information on this website does NOT reflect definitive medical advice and self diagnoses should not be made based on information obtained online. It is important to consult a physician for a consultation and examination regarding ANY and ALL symptoms or signs you may be having. An accurate diagnosis and treatment plan should only be made by your physician in order to exclude a serious condition.