What are the Symptoms of Spastic Colon?

What are the Symptoms of Spastic Colon?

“Spastic colon” is a non-medical term commonly used to describe irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a chronic gastrointestinal disorder. IBS can cause a variety of symptoms related to the colon and gastrointestinal tract. The symptoms of a spastic colon (IBS) may include:

  1. Abdominal Pain and Discomfort:
    • Cramping, sharp, or dull pain in the lower abdomen, often relieved by bowel movements.
  2. Altered Bowel Habits:
    • Changes in bowel movements, such as diarrhea, constipation, or a mix of both (alternating between the two).
  3. Diarrhea:
    • Frequent loose or watery stools, sometimes with urgency to use the restroom.
  4. Constipation:
    • Difficulty passing stools, infrequent bowel movements, or a feeling of incomplete evacuation.
  5. Bloating and Gas:
    • Abdominal bloating, gas, and a feeling of fullness in the abdomen.
  6. Mucus in Stools:
    • Passage of mucus during bowel movements.
  7. Urgency to Defecate:
    • Feeling a sudden, urgent need to have a bowel movement.
  8. Sensation of an Unfinished Bowel Movement:
    • The feeling that a bowel movement is not complete after using the restroom.
  9. Rectal Pain or Discomfort:
    • Discomfort or pain in the rectum during bowel movements.
  10. Fatigue and Reduced Energy:
    • Persistent fatigue and decreased energy levels.
  11. Backache:
    • Lower back pain, often associated with abdominal discomfort.
  12. Nausea and Indigestion:
    • Nausea, and general indigestion or a feeling of “upset stomach.”
  13. Food Sensitivities:
    • Certain foods or drinks may trigger or worsen symptoms, including spicy foods, dairy products, alcohol, or caffeine.
  14. Difficulty with Social Activities:
    • Avoidance of social events or activities due to fear of bowel-related symptoms.
  15. Anxiety and Stress:
    • Increased anxiety and stress can worsen symptoms and trigger flare-ups.

It’s important to note that the severity and combination of symptoms can vary from person to person. IBS is a chronic condition, and while there is no cure, management typically involves dietary adjustments, stress reduction techniques, lifestyle changes, and, in some cases, medications to alleviate specific symptoms. If you suspect you have IBS or are experiencing persistent gastrointestinal symptoms, consult a healthcare professional for a thorough evaluation and appropriate management.

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