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Doctor insights on: Bowel Spasms

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Bowel Spasms (Overview)

Bowel spasms are severe cramps occurring in the muscles of the lower digestive tract (colon).


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What causes bowel spasms?

What causes bowel spasms?

Muscle contractions: Muscle contractions, which can be caused from electrolyte imbalances, relative obstructions, infection, or food-borne toxins. Rarely, tumors can cause spasms. ...Read more

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
41 doctors shared insights

Bowel Spasms (Overview)

Bowel spasms are severe cramps occurring in the muscles of the lower digestive tract (colon).


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Living with Bowel Incontinence (Checklist)

Don't be embarrassed to discuss with your healthcare professional.
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Avoid trigger foods and activities.
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Use over the counter bulking agents like fiber.
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Use over the counter antidiarrheals.
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What foods to avoid if i get bowel spasms?

Depends on the cause: Avoiding lactose, gas-producing food (e.g. Beans, onions, celery, carrots, raisins, bananas, apricots, prunes, brussel sprouts, wheat germ, pretzels, and bagels), certain carbohydrates and gluten may help. Determine if there is food allergy and avoiding those specific foods may help. There is no one answer; trial and error. ...Read more

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Irritable bowel and have been under extreme stress. Have been feeling bowel spasms or "shivering" radiating to the back. What should I do?

Irritable bowel and have been under extreme stress. Have been feeling bowel spasms or "shivering" radiating to the back. What should I do?

See your doctor: This problem can only be solved by seeing your doctor and being evaluated face-to-face. After a thorough examination, your doctor should be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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What causes bowel spasms?

Muscle contractions: Muscle contractions, which can be caused from electrolyte imbalances, relative obstructions, infection, or food-borne toxins. Rarely, tumors can cause spasms. ...Read more

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What could cause bad bowel spasms?

Miscellaneous: Lots of things: crohns disease, diverticulosis, food allergy such as lactose intolerance, food poisening - see ur pmd - who might refer you to gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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What foods to avoid if i get bowel spasms?

Depends on the cause: Avoiding lactose, gas-producing food (e.g. Beans, onions, celery, carrots, raisins, bananas, apricots, prunes, brussel sprouts, wheat germ, pretzels, and bagels), certain carbohydrates and gluten may help. Determine if there is food allergy and avoiding those specific foods may help. There is no one answer; trial and error. ...Read more

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Are there any home remedies for painful bowel spasms?

Are there any home remedies for painful bowel spasms?

Peppermint: Peppermint oil can help as it acts as a smooth muscle relaxant. Probiotics may also help, but the research is better for peppermint oil. Hoping you know what's causing the "painful bowel spasms" and not just treating it in the dark. ...Read more

Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more