Diarrhea in Texas
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What is diarrhea?
Diarrhea can be characterized by loose, watery bowel movements and usually happens at a higher frequency than normal bowel movements. Having loose stools three times a day or more is considered diarrhea. In general, diarrhea only lasts for a short period of time, but when it lasts for a longer duration it can indicate a significantly more serious complication. Diarrhea can sometimes, on occasion, be treated with home remedies. The most important thing to do is to consume a plentiful amount of fluids to replenish the fluids being lost to watery bowel movements. One can also include applesauce, bananas, toast, and rice into their diet. In the case that you suspect you could have a bacteria or virus, antivirals or antibiotics may be prescribed. Additionally, you can use over-the-counter medications with your doctor's permission. However, there are some conditions, diseases, and cancers that manifest, in part, as diarrhea. Such conditions include, but are not limited to, colon cancer, Crohn's disease, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). That is why it is important avoid self-diagnosing and to visit with a GI provider if severe diarrhea occurs. Please know that you are not alone and you can find help for diarrhea in Texas. You can find a local gastroenterologist through Texas Digestive Disease Consultants today. We look forward to helping you!
What causes diarrhea?
Diarrhea is a quite common gastrointestinal condition. Nearly all of us have suffered from loose or watery stools after eating some bad food, during stressful times in our lives, or after beginning a new medication. But diarrhea can, in some situations, alert you that something of greater consequence is happening in your body. Below are some of the possible conditions or habits with the potential to cause diarrhea:
- Some cancers
- Surgery (sometimes abdominal and gallbladder removal surgeries can cause diarrhea)
- Lactose intolerance
- Bacteria and parasites from contaminated water or food
- Fructose (difficulty digesting it)
- Malabsorption (difficulty absorbing certain nutrients)
- Radiation therapy
- Overactive thyroid
- Artificial sweeteners
- Abuse of alcohol
- Runner’s diarrhea
- Viral infection
- Laxative abuse
When should I visit a gastroenterologist for diarrhea?
In the event that your diarrhea becomes serious, contact a provider at Texas Digestive Disease Consultants with urgency. A few indicators of severe diarrhea may include:
- Diarrhea along with fever
- Diarrhea that persists for more than two days
- Diarrhea and dark urine
- Intense stomach pain
- Vomiting in addition to diarrhea
- Diarrhea post travel in a foreign country
If any of these issues occur, it is important that you contract professional intervention. It is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your health. If you suspect that you should talk to a GI physician in regard to diarrhea, please do not hesitate to request a consultation at your nearest Texas Digestive Disease Consultants location in Texas today.
Diarrhea could be a symptom of something serious
While most people will experience occasional diarrhea throughout the course of their life, it can be a symptom of a more serious medical condition. If you or a loved one are experiencing severe diarrhea in combination with other troubling gastrointestinal symptoms, it may be time to visit a gastroenterologist. You can find a gastroenterology provider at Texas Digestive Disease Consultants. If you are experiencing troubling GI symptoms or need care for diarrhea in Texas, request a consultation at your nearest TDDC location.
I am doing fine because of him my stomach doesn’t hurt no more. And I don’t have diarrhea like I use to
I saw Dr. Mansour today for a second opinion after months of having excessive diarrhea for month. I was diagnosed with C diff in November and the GI that I was established with while he treated me for C diff and it is apparently gone, I’m still having a lot of issues with zero game plan and no answers, no game plan. In total he has probably spent maybe total of an hour with me including two procedure he did. Today Dr. Mansour spent an hour with me just in her office to go over everything. She order tests, weighed out every option and possibility, made sense of things, gave me answers my other doctor couldn’t, made a game plan of many things to try and was so empathetic. I am confident that not only will she get to the bottom of what I’ve been going through for the last 3 months but also my whole life pretty much. Her bedside manor is phenomenal and she is brilliant. For the first time in years I feel on track and Hopeful and while I haven’t started anything she recommended yet, I already see her as an absolute Godsend! I am so confident she will change my life, no exaggeration because I have suffered a long time and I’m only 39 years old. I shouldn’t be having all these issues. If you need a phenomenal GI Doctor, here she is! Thank you Dr. Lilah Mansour you are hands down one of the best Doctors I’ve ever had and met!
Resolved 7 years of diarrhea in one visit! Dreaded the colonoscopy...hence the reason I waited 7 years but it was long overdue. I'm excited I take only 1 pill a day and no diarrhea. He knew exactly what to ask and knew right away what my problem was.
I think he is a good doctor, but I have felt like he doesn't listen to me about what I been feeling or hurting. And I am not taking anything from him. He is a good doctor! He does not personally see the patient (me) I am only saying for myself. I was being seen by his PDA, I think thats the right reference! She is ok and listens somewhat. I was having big issues on certain areas. I did go though all the testing they wanted to do. Which was fine. Everthing came up as they could not find anything wrong. For a log period after all that I still was haveing problems. Which included loosing a lot of weight to the point of being malnourished, throwing up, lots of diarrhea also. Could not eat without getting sick. But when I returned to follow up, I did tell her how I felt about feeling Iike an hypercronyaic! She listened and we worked things out. She is a good (doctor)! I would recommend him, but I would get this understanding about not seeing him for you, instead of passing it off to his assistant, is after he saw you He is goid at what he does, just needs to be seen by him on your first visits and not passed off ti his helper. That is fir you to figur out!
I generally like this doctor, but when my husband was experiencing long term explosive diarrhea he didn't suggest staying away from milk because of possible lactose intolerance. We decided to try on our own, and that solved the problem.