Spastic Colon Remedies
Up to seventy percent of spastic colon sufferers are not seeking remedies. There is no cure for a spastic colon but there are many options when it comes to spastic colon treatment. Your physician can give you medication for your symptoms and even help you manage your diet and stress to help alleviate your discomfort.
For symptom relief, it is important that you get the right medication. Your doctor may suggest laxative options or supplemental fiber for your constipation. On the other hand there are medicines that can be prescribed to decrease the frequency of your diarrhea as well.
One example is Imodium, loperamide, or Lomotil. Antispasmodics are also prescribed often, which help in controlling the spasms of your colon muscles and for the reduction of abdominal pain. Some symptoms may also cause symptom relieve.
Though they are sometimes prescribed antidepressants and antispasmodics may worsen your constipation and thus, doctors can help you by prescribing medicine that relaxes the bladder and intestine muscles like Librax or Donnapine. These also contain mild sedatives which have the tendency to be habit forming, and thus can only be taken under a physician’s care.
One medicine created to specifically treat a spastic colon is called Lotronex, which is alosetron hydrochloride. Lotronex is restricted and limited to women who have severe colon spasms that have not exhibited any response from traditional therapy and whose main symptom is diarrhea.
Lotronex, however, must be used with utmost caution since it does restrict the flow of blood to the colon and can cause other serious side effects like very severe constipation.
Every person reacts to medications and other spastic colon remedies differently. This is why you need to find a doctor you can work with so that you can get the right balance between counseling, symptom-control, diet, medicine and relaxation exercises.
Aside from medication, stress reduction is also a remedy used for the treatment of spastic colons. Stress is feeling emotionally overwhelmed, and at times, this can stimulate spasms in the colon. There are main nerves that connect your brain to your colon, which is partially controlled by the central nervous system. For this reason, colon spasms are sometimes an unconscious reaction to stress. Reducing stress through relaxation and meditation exercises can diminish spastic colon symptoms.
Other ways of relieving stress in your life includes getting adequate sleep, removing the stressful situations in your life, getting exercise like yoga or brisk walking, getting counseling and listening to soothing music.
Another of the spastic colon remedies sometimes used is incorporating probiotics into your diet. These are ‘good bacteria’ that are found in the intestines and many times, spastic colon sufferers lack this bacteria. Yogurt is one way to get probiotics into your diet.
For those interested in natural remedies, peppermint oil is a popular relaxant for muscles and can be used as a remedy for an irritable bowel. Make sure that the tablets you take are coated with enteric.
Other herbal spastic colon remedies include valerian tea, chamomile, psyllium, ginger and dandelion. Many people experience less symptoms when taking remedies such as these and they don't have to worry about side effects.
Spastic colons are sometimes called IBS or irritable bowel syndrome.