Constipation & Diarrhea Specialist

Nearly everyone experiences mild constipation or diarrhea at some point, but sometimes, the conditions can be serious. Medical Associates of Manhattan uses state-of-the-art methods to diagnose the cause of chronic or recurrent constipation and diarrhea so patients from the Upper East Side and throughout New York City can obtain the most appropriate and effective treatment.

Constipation / Diarrhea

Medical Associates Of Manhattan

Why does constipation occur?

Constipation can occur for many reasons; in fact, most people will experience mild constipation at some point in their lives. When constipation occurs on a regular basis, however, it can be a sign of a serious underlying medical condition that requires prompt medical attention to prevent serious complications. Most cases of mild constipation occur as a result of dietary choices, such as a diet low in fiber; chronic constipation can occur for reasons including:

  • bowel blockages, including colon cancer

  • diabetes

  • thyroid disease

  • nerve-related conditions that affect the way the colon contracts and moves during digestion

  • muscular conditions affecting the colon or rectum

  • gallbladder disease or liver disease

  • irritable bowel syndrome or inflammatory bowel disease

What are the causes of diarrhea?

Diarrhea can be caused by:

  • stomach virus or bacterial, parasitic or fungal infection

  • irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

  • inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)

  • chronic stress

  • food allergies

Should I call the doctor whenever I have a runny bowel movement?

Because diarrhea can cause dehydration, often in a relatively short period of time, it's always a good idea to call the office to determine if you need to be evaluated. Diarrhea accompanied by a high fever, significant belly pain, or bloody stools, should be reported immediately. Diarrhea that persists for three or more days also needs to be reported right away.

How are diarrhea and constipation treated?

Treatment depends on an accurate diagnosis, which will include a physical exam and medical history and a discussion of symptoms, and may also include blood tests, stool samples, diagnostic imaging like x-rays or CT scans, and diagnostic evaluations like colonoscopy or endoscopy, depending on your symptoms and risk factors. Most cases of constipation or diarrhea can be treated with medication, but in a few cases, surgery may be required to correct serious issues.

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