Chronic diarrhea consists of loose, watery stools that occur more frequently than usual, typically for four weeks or more. Chronic diarrhea can occur in children or adults with symptoms ranging from abdominal cramps and a greater volume of stool to nausea and vomiting and fatigue. Chronic diarrhea can indicate a more serious medical condition, such as Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn's disease, or a less serious condition, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
Treatment for chronic diarrhea varies but typically begins with several tests including a blood and stool test for your doctor to identify any potential abnormalities or causes.
If you have been experiencing diarrhea lasting more than four weeks, contact your specialist at Rocky Mountain Gastroenterology today.