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Spastic Colon Is a Symptom-Based Diagnosis
What is a spastic colon and what are the symptoms of spastic colon?
Spastic colon is also a typical f unctional colon problem wherein af f ected people may have no irregularity in
terms of anatomical structure but may experience problems associated with how the digestive system
works. With this spastic bowel condition, the f unction of the intestine is disrupted. Hence, individuals with
IBS are not prone to develop other serious disease conditions of the gastrointestinal tract because of the
f act that spastic colon alone does not cause intestinal damage.
According to physicians, this is not a serious disease but it is merely a cluster of symptoms that seems to
af f ect the colon. T his problem can come out at any age but is more common to adolescents and young
adults. Women are twice most likely to develop the problem than men.
The most spastic colon symptoms
Experiencing various patterns of bowel movement
For those with irritable colon, their bowel movement routines vary more f requently. Certain situations may
1. T he person may experience more constipation or loose watery stool than the usual pattern.
2. Bowel movements having various patterns in terms of size and consistency of stools. Some are
loose, watery, tiny, rock-solid, thin, or the person may pass stools with mucus.
3. One may notice certain changes such as a f eeling of incomplete bowel movement, all of a sudden he
or she has diarrhea, or may f eel constipated and strain while def ecating.
4. Individuals whose colons are irritable may have experiences of alternating loose watery stools and
Irritation and pain in the abdomen
T hese are typical IBS symptoms that may increase and decline. In addition, the duration of each abdominal
irritation and colon pain occurrence also dif f er. Typically, the symptoms will vanish f ollowing bowel
movement. T hese discomf ort sensations are ref erred to by many as colic or colon spasms. Pain is usually
f elt more in the lower region of the abdomen. T his colonic discomf ort is sometimes f ollowed by
constipated bowel movement or diarrhea, or alternating constipation and diarrhea.
An individual may f eel the stomach swollen or bloated. T his f eels like there is increased presence of gas in
the colon which can happen occasionally. When this occurs, individuals with irritable colon can have more
f latulence than they normally have.
Additional symptoms for people with spastic colon may also include non-gastrointestinal problems
1. Aching back
2. Insomnia or sleeplessness
4. Less interest in sexual activities
5. Overactive bladder
6. Loss of appetite related to having bad taste in the mouth
8. Malaise usually when diarrhea occurs
9. Changes in mood
Other symptoms may be noticed such as pain in the muscles, queasiness, and f eeling f ull immediately while
Dif f erentiating spastic colon f rom other severe health issues
Spastic colon is merely a problem in the f unction of the colon. Although the
symptoms that af f ect colon health may sometimes be inconvenient, it does
not cause havoc to other organs involved in the digestive system. When
there is bloody stool, this is not a symptom of an irritable colon. It may
indicate other health problems that can either be serious or just a minor
Other conditions that may need early consultation with a
When the symptoms worsen and start to disrupt one’s sleeping habits and activities of daily living.
When symptoms become worse even af ter management using home treatments.
When there is high f ever with no known cause.
When a person becomes anemic.
Atypical loss of weight with no known cause.
Appetite loss which can result to malnutrition when lef t untreated.
If a person experiences irritation or pain in the abdomen unrelated to changes in the bowel
movements or if it gets worse af ter passing gas or stool. Localized abdominal pain should be
assessed and addressed since it may be an indication of other health issues.
Probable causes of spastic colon
T he cause f or this digestive discomf ort is yet to be discovered. T here are certain existing theories but not
one has been verif ied to provide the exact cause f or this colonic irritability. Some theories include:
Communication between the brain and colon may have been disrupted. T he brain sends out signals
to regulate intestinal movements and mechanisms. If you have irritable bowel syndrome, the brain
may send out wrong signals. T his can lead to wrong f unctioning of the colon. Symptoms such as
abdominal irritation and pain, as well as bowel movement routine changes may happen.
T he issue of G.I. motility not f unctioning properly may either result to decreased or increased motility.
At the same time that f ast motility causes diarrhea, slow motility can bring about constipation.
Because of hypersensitivity to certain components of f ood, irritable colon may result f rom it.
Patients point out that eating certain f ood and drinks like cof f ee, alcohol, and high-carbohydrate
f ood, spicy and f atty f ood items aggravate their symptoms.
Gastroenteritis caused by bacteria may bring about colon irritability. However, at the same time that
some patients may discover their gastroenteritis worsens their spastic colon symptoms other
individuals af f ected do not experience aggravated symptoms.
T he normal f lora of the intestine has the presence of a certain kind of bacteria. However, when the
level of bacteria increases, this can result to excess gas in the stomach which can also become IBS.
However, this conjecture remains debatable.
Spastic colon may also be hereditary. Even though this may be contentious, a lot of science experts
have verif ied that this condition running in the f amily is among the risk f actors.
Spastic colon treatment
Causes and acuteness of IBS dif f er f rom one individual to another. Spastic colon symptoms among men
and women are not dif f erent. Treatments such as diet modif ications with spastic colon diet, reduction of
stress, and certain medications are intended to bring relief to dif f erent symptoms. Physicians and other
science experts may assert that there is no absolute cure f or this type of digestive condition. However,
some have reported they ef f ectively treated their spastic colon. T he issue of this digestive condition being
absolutely treatable or not remains disputable, but it is apparent that this problem can be managed. T here
are times this condition can be inconvenient but it can def initely be controlled using appropriate modes of