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Every week I have a full 6 - 7 days of chronic constipation and then a full day of extreme diarhea. What can this be?

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replied December 27th, 2009
Digestive and Bowel Disorders Answer A8731
Hi and welcome to the forum! I am glad that I can help you.

You would like to know the cause of chronic constipation that may last 6-7 days followed by a full day of diarrhea.

Constipation may appear in several conditions such as: intake of dry food (excluded soups and liquid-like meals), an intake of large amounts of bananas, avoiding going to the bathroom when you need to defecate due to work or travel, bowel cancer and a condition called megacolon. The decay process of the feces makes water go from the bowel tissue into its lumen causing diarrhea.

According to the data that you provided, it seems that you may be experiencing chronic constipation. You might think about consuming fiber-rich vegetables and fruits (excluding bananas), liquid-like foods and tea and coffee in small amounts. You should also go to the bathroom anytime you feel the need to defecate. You may consider seeing a gastroenterologist to have either an RTG scan with contrast or a colonoscopy to rule out or confirm conditions like megacolon or cancer.

Please keep in mind that I provide medical information only. I am not able to diagnose medical conditions online. Please contact your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider such as a gastroenterologist for further advice and information about diagnosis and treatment options.

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