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Dr. Sheila Smith
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Bowel Spasms (Overview)

Bowel spasms = spontaneous contractions of colonic muscles (such as in IBS).


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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. Sheila Smith
46 doctors shared insights

Bowel Spasms (Overview)

Bowel spasms = spontaneous contractions of colonic muscles (such as in IBS).


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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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Living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Checklist)

Try to notice and avoid precipitating factors
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Start a trial of increased dietary fiber
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See your PMD or gastroenterologist if symptoms persist
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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

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How effective is coriander for treating bowel spasms?

How effective is coriander for treating bowel spasms?

Maybe since...: ...essential oils found in coriander such as Borneol and Linalool, aid in digestion, proper functioning of liver, and helping to reduce diarrhea caused by microbies & fungi (esp. components like Cineole, Borneol, Limonene, Alpha-pinene & beta-phelandrene). Ref: https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/herbs-and-spices/health-benefits-of-coriander.html ...Read more

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Any suggestions on how to ease the pain from bowel spasms?

Any suggestions on how to ease the pain from bowel spasms?

There are many drugs: There are many drugs to help spasmodic pain in the bowel. They typically are anticholingeric drugs and there are many. They cost little. But see your doctor, because there are many causes for this! ...Read more

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Can appendicitis cause bowel spasms?

Can appendicitis cause bowel spasms?

POSSIBLY: Appendicitis usually presents as a vague pain around the navel and mid-abdomen, which then progresses to right lower quadrant over 12 to 24 hours. Some patients might perceive the pain as a cramp, or spasm. Diarhea is usually not associated, but loss of appetite is. Certainly, as the disease progresses, fever can develop. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can anyone please tell me what bowel spasms are please , gp said my daughter 6 is having these she has pain in left side /slight at back more at side ?

Irritable bowel: Bowel spasms are another way of saying "irritable bowel syndrome", where irregular movement and sensitivity of the gut cause irritation, extra gas, and overgrowth of bacteria. Unfortunately "bowel spams" is like "growing pains" or "teething fever". It's important to get more into the diagnosis, which guides proper therapy. You may need to rule out food intolerances and allergy. Probiotics help. ...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