The main characteristic of this disorder are dysfunctional cramps of the intestines, sometimes conjoined with similar disorders related to dysfunctional esophagus and stomach. A group of symptoms in which a disturbance of the digestion mechanism dominates includes stomach cramps with no possibility of proof for any kind of organic disease. This disorder is very common across the world and it’s considered to be the most common disorder for which patients report to a designated specialist. Depending on world region, this syndrome affects from 20 to 50 percent of all gastro related conditions and it’s twice as common with women.
Causes and Side Effects
Other than disturbance in the function of the intestines there is no other macro or microscopic changes on the intestines themselves, as well as no biochemical or microbiological abnormalities. The key disorder relates to the mobility of the intestines, sometimes conjoined with a similar disorder related to esophagus or stomach. It can be a case of improved movements of the intestines but also rare and slow. When we’re talking about causes, there are many individual segments, starting from constitutional and psychosomatic down to endocrine and many others. Constitution is usually the cause for this as the condition can commonly be found within several members in one family. Because of this, the question of a hereditary condition is always possible.
Stress increases activity of the intestines with all types of spasms and common stool, while depression causes sluggishness and low activity of the intestines. This indicates that a modern lifestyle as well as eating habits definitely has an important effect on the condition appearing.
Typical spastic colon symptoms are chronic constipation, diarrhea and stomach pain. Constipation is usually very robust. Diarrhea can happen at any time of the day, followed by cramps and stomach pain. It’s important to mention that constipation is more common of a symptom with women, while men usually experience diarrhea.
With a smaller number of patients there are phases of both diarrhea and constipation exchanging even without any severe pains or cramps in the intestines. Other patients noticed that morning fluid consummation like coffee, juice or alcoholic drink has a significant effect on release of the feces.
Diffusing pain is another common symptom where patients are having difficulties with pain radiating across their intestines. Typically, you will be very sensitive to the touch on the stomach, especially a bit above the belly button. After a firm press or a massage of the stomach, the oversensitivity and pain are gone, which is very characteristic for this functional state? In case of a tumor or any inflammatory condition, this doesn’t happen.
If you doubt on this condition happening to you, it’s best to pay a visit to your doctor, who will be able to establish a good diagnosis. Depending on the severity of your condition, different methods of treatment may apply, causing you to experience a quick and easy recovery very soon. Try to eat simply and low processed foods in the meantime as this has a significant effect on your intestine’s recovery.