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What could be causing my alternations between constipation and diarrhea. I am a teen?
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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Pediatrics
In brief: Irritable bowel Synd
Your intestinal tract is irritated and hence alternates between diarrhea and constipation.
Eliminating dairy and gluten (both of which have high allergenic potential) may offer some relief. Peppermint tea, oil have been shown to help a lot. See your doc for a good history and physical. You may also find that a chinese medicine practitioner can help. Taking enzymes with meals may help too.

In brief: Irritable bowel Synd
Your intestinal tract is irritated and hence alternates between diarrhea and constipation.
Eliminating dairy and gluten (both of which have high allergenic potential) may offer some relief. Peppermint tea, oil have been shown to help a lot. See your doc for a good history and physical. You may also find that a chinese medicine practitioner can help. Taking enzymes with meals may help too.
Dr. Cornelia Franz
Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Dr. Jan Rakinic
Surgery - Colorectal
In brief: Irritable bowel?
You may have irritable bowel syndrome, or just a diet that could be better. Eat some fiber daily (fruits/veggies), drink more water (decrease caffeinated drinks), add a fiber supplement like benefiber. Regular physical activity helps decrease GI symptoms.
Are you stressed out? That may be part of it as well. Make note of any foods that seem to make you swing to one extreme and eat less of it.

In brief: Irritable bowel?
You may have irritable bowel syndrome, or just a diet that could be better. Eat some fiber daily (fruits/veggies), drink more water (decrease caffeinated drinks), add a fiber supplement like benefiber. Regular physical activity helps decrease GI symptoms.
Are you stressed out? That may be part of it as well. Make note of any foods that seem to make you swing to one extreme and eat less of it.
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Dr. Jan Rakinic
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Dr. Steven Saunders
Internal Medicine
In brief: Could be IBS
See your doctor.

In brief: Could be IBS
See your doctor.
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Dr. Steven Saunders
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