Spastic Colon – 6 Symptoms Which May Suggest You Need Help
1 Jan 2015
Often we experience excruciating pain and cramps in the gut and we write it off to a tummy bug or stress. However, you may in fact, be suffering from IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) otherwise known as a spastic colon. Many of us struggle with pains and are not even aware of what it is. The term “spastic colon” describes the intense spontaneous contractions of the intestinal muscles both small and large. These contractions are called spasms and can be very excruciating, in some instances even debilitating.
The cause of IBS is unknown and to date there are no known cures. Only treatment can alleviate the symptoms and pain which is experienced. It can, however, be successfully managed. Adopting a healthy diet and a few simple, yet effective lifestyle changes makes a huge difference.
Spastic colon symptoms
IBS symptoms are experienced differently by individuals, because we are unique. Although symptoms may appear random at first, you will eventually notice a pattern forming. Once these have been diagnosed, they can be managed and can disappear altogether.
1. Abdominal pain or cramping
2. Feeling bloated
3. Diarrhoea or constipation
4. Constant nausea
5. Unbearable menstrual pain
6. Unexplained weight loss
Understanding a spastic colon
A spastic colon is a fairly common disorder. It is characterised by abdominal cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, constipation and diarrhea. Treatment is targeted at relieving symptoms. However lifestyle changes will be required. This may include diet, physical activity, reducing stress, and taking medications when necessary.
Although spastic colon is not fully understood it can be treated and managed by the right health care practitioners. Sadly modern medicine often falls short in this regards. Doctors often choose to simply dampen the symptoms, as opposed to treating the cause of the problem. Therefore, if you can, find a functional medicine doctor.
In closing, if you suspect you have a spastic colon/ IBS consult with a health care practitioner. Get the best advice based on your personal medical history for treatment, supplementation and any lifestyle changes required.