Spastic Colon – Symptoms and Causes Spastic Colon

Spastic colon is used as another term for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The term “spastic colon” describes increase in spontaneous contractions of intestinal muscles (both small and large intestine). These contractions are called spasms. In this article, we shall discuss the symptoms and causes of spastic colon.

Spastic colon is a specific name to describe increased, spontaneous contractions of muscles in the intestines. However, because IBS may also be associated with decreased motility of intestinal muscles, it is always not the accurate to use “spastic colon” for IBS.

Symptoms of spastic colon:

Spastic colon is a functional disorder than a disease. It means the bowel simply does not work as it should work. Spastic colon is characterized by

  • Lower abdominal pain or discomfort
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Alternating diarrhea or constipation
  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • Nausea

Fatigue, weight loss, and dehydration follow due to frequent diarrhea. For women, spastic colon attacks are often associated with menstruation.

Causes of spastic colon:

Spastic colon has no specific cause. A viral infection for certain period of time can cause symptoms of spastic colon, which may resolve in 3 to 6 months. Parasitic infections can also mimic spastic colon and tend to produce those symptoms that appear to be IBS with diarrhea.

Some people have spastic colon after taking some antibiotics. These antibiotics may cause imbalance in “good” germs of the stomach, which aid in digestion and bowel regulation, causing spastic colon.


The large intestine is also known as colon. It is a long, hollow tube at the end of the digestive tract where the body makes and stores stool. The main function of colon is to absorb water from the stool, i.e., solidification of stool.

You can get more information about diagnosis and treatment of spastic colon in related articles on this site.


1 response to Spastic Colon – Symptoms and Causes Spastic Colon

  1. one time i got diarrhea attack while riding on a long bus trip, it really sucks:-,