What causes colon pain?
The causes of colon pain can vary. Regardless of the suspected cause, it is important to seek advice from a medical professional; colon pain can be indicative of numerous causes.
- Heartburn can result in colon pain. An upset stomach may be present, in addition to diarrhea. Excessively large meals or overly spicy or acidic foods may be a culprit. Remember that antacids are not a cure-all. Sometimes, symptoms of low stomach acid can mimic those of high stomach acid. Either acid-reducers, or hydrochloric acid supplements may be of benefit, depending on the actual problem.
- Long term or extreme cases of acid reflux can cause ulcers, or “ulcerative colitis”, which is an ulcer, or inflammation in the lining of the colon. Stress and poor diet can cause and aggravate ulcers. If you believe the colon pain you are experiencing is caused by an ulcer, please see your medical professional.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Also known as IBS, this fairly common digestive disorder can result in abdominal pain, bowel and colon pain. Often, there is pain, bloating and the urge to defecate can occur rapidly. Genetic causes, stress and an improper diet have all been implicated as causative factors in irritable bowel syndrome.
- Although not everyone has the same bowel habits, if you observe that the time between your bowel movements has been increasing, and are suffering from colon pain, you are likely constipated. Constipation begins with the stool hardening between the colon (large intestine) and the rectum. The greater the duration of time that stool sits there instead of being evacuated, the more its water content changes, and the harder it gets to expel. The result is a cramping in the abdomen and discomfort in the colon and/or rectum. Constipation can be very painful. It often resolves on its own, but natural health remedies and conventional medicines offer a number of treatments if it is ongoing.
- Colon cancer must be addressed without delay; it can be a serious disease. Though its symptoms can be taken to be those of other diseases, extensive colon pain and discomfort should be cause to see a doctor. Many doctors and cancer societies suggest colonoscopies as a person reaches their forties and fifties, to look for colon polyps (small tumors of the colon, some of which are benign and others which can be malignant). The procedure can be intrusive, but can also save many lives.
Though some of the causes are relatively benign, there are also more serious causes – which warrant investigation if they are ongoing – of colon pain