Medical Q&As

Diarrhoea - what to do?

I appear to have a bowel problem. I have constant diarrhoea occurring 2 to 3 times daily. This has been happening for the past few months. I have also had severe abdominal pain on several occasions. Please advise on what to do.

A persistent change in bowel habit needs to be investigated. It would be unwise of me to give a diagnosis on the basis of the symptoms you have described because the range of possibilities is very wide. You need to discuss these symptoms with your GP and you need to be physically examined. The physical examination should include a rectal examination. Your doctor may also need to perform some basic laboratory tests including an examination of your stools. In many cases similar to yours the problem can be dealt with entirely by your GP. Occasionally referral to a specialist may be necessary. Since your symptoms have been present for several months I would not advocate a wait and see policy. I think it best to have this problem checked out by your GP.