Question: What can I do to stop chronic diarrhea?
The most important thing is to determine the cause of the diarrhea. The first step is a thorough examination by a doctor, and then appropriate investigations. These would certainly include examination of your faeces in a laboratory for any infecting agents, abnormal cells or blood. Another probable investigation would be blood tests to find any diseases that may have diarrhea as a component.
Diarrhoea has scores of different causes including infections, diseases of food absorption, allergies, cancer, gut inflammations, liver disease, tuberculosis, stress, diabetes, psychiatric diseases, kidney failure and a host of others. Once the cause of the diarrhea is found, the appropriate treatment can be given. Treating any chronic condition without determining its cause is foolish and dangerous.
Question: I am a 54 year old female, and for some years my bowels have caused pain. I have to use an enema to qo to the toilet, but afterwards I have pain at the bottom of my stomach. Should I go to a doctor?
A Anyone who has persistent constipation should not use laxatives or enemas regularly, but should be investigated by a doctor to find out why they are constipated. If laxatives are used regularly, the bowels become dependent upon them to work, and a long-term habit that is very difficult to break may develop.
Over-stimulation of the bowel by enemas may cause spasm and pain in the bowel. Your symptoms may be caused by the treatments you are using. The best treatment for constipation is prevention, and that means a diet high in fiber and fluids, and passing a motion every day. The best time to do this is immediately after the main meal of the day.
You should certainly see a doctor to have your chronic bowel condition sorted out.