Seems an odd question to ask if these symptoms are of diarrhea or constipation because they are so opposite one another but...My symptoms: I get them coming back every couple weeks and they last a few days. I get the crampy, burning urgency feeling in my intestines, mostly low and straight across the abdoment then it radiates burning cramping feeling throughout abdoment. I get the urgency feeling to go...but when I go to the bathroom it doesn't all come out so easy...it is like piece by piece...not hard like constipated stool, kind of more on the soft side...but in pieces and I have to push as if I am constipated and it is so hard for me to get it all out. Then when I think I am done...(although not satisified) but can't get any more to come..I finish up and then all throughout the day I have to make trips like this to the bathroom.So it is like I have the pain and cramping you get with diarrhea but the difficulty like constipation to get it all out. Stool soft and more on the mushy side than hard. Then after a few days when my system is emptied I guess, I may not go for a couple days and may return to somewhat normal for a couple weeks till it starts up again....any ideas....is this constipation ??? like maybe I am backed up so much that I get all the cramping and then spasms to go....or would you call it diarrhea because of the urgency and frequency.It is confusing because I don't know what treatment I should be using.