DOCTOR'S VIEW ARCHIVE
"On The Go" Living With Chronic Diarrhea
Medical Author: Jay W. Marks, MD
It often amazes me how much discomfort and inconvenience people who are psychologically and (otherwise) physically healthy can live with. For example, there are the people who suffer from chronic diarrhea. Some are helped by over-the-counter anti-diarrheal medications and some by prescription drugs. Many do not or prefer not to, take drugs continuously. These people often are diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Eventually, some of them see physicians who look further for a cause other than IBS for the diarrhea. That's when they are sent to me, a gastroenterologist, for evaluation.