Constipation or Diarrhea
Constipation and Diarrhea are common complaints for many patients, and most of them feel it is “just how they are” and that it is something they have to live with. Laxatives and other medications are not long term solutions to these problems. If you are not moving your bowels regularly and daily you could have a developing condition that could cause more serious problems later on. AS a rule of thumb, you should be experiencing “one in and one out”. Chronic constipation can cause a back up of waste material into the intestines. This material can be harmful if retained in the bowels causing an overgrowth of bad bacteria and an environment that harbors infection. Remember there is a reason that the body is trying to eliminate it.
Recurrent diarrhea or loose stools are frequently a sign of abnormal flora in the gut. There are normal beneficial bacteria which reside in our intestine that help aide in digestion and keep harmful bacterial from taking up residence. Did you know that antibiotic use often disrupts the normal beneficial bacteria living within our GI tract? When these “good” bacteria are killed off it allows harmful bacteria and even yeast (candida) to flourish. This situation is called bacterial overgrowth. This can result in diarrhea, loose stools and even constipation.
Occasionally, constipation or diarrhea is often a symptom of other internal conditions occurring within the body. Conditions such as thyroid abnormality, chronic candida, and autoimmune attack on the intestines can all cause bowel irregularity. Normal intestinal function and health is very important to your overall health and wellbeing. We can help to diagnose the cause of the irregularity and exclude more serious conditions.
Alterations in bowel movements have been closely correlation to systemic autoimmune conditions such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. The mechanism behind the relationship is well known and will be explained by the Doctors as it pertains to your particular case.
We use the most advanced labs in the country to analyze stool results. We not only test for live organisms but also DNA from ones that may have died but still cause lingering issues. These collections for these test are usually performed in the comfort of your own home.