What Can Cause Severe Colon Pain?


Colon pain can be caused by many things, ranging from serious to mild to minor. However, colon pain should always be addressed in order to act early on any condition that could result in serious problems. The following causes are the most common reasons why people experience colon pain. Note that it is important to see a doctor if you are experiencing colon pain.

What Can Cause Severe Colon Pain?
What Can Cause Severe Colon Pain?


A relatively mild cause of colon pain is the result of heartburn. You may experience an upset stomach as well as diarrhea. In order to reduce the chances of colon pain from heartburn, reduce your portion sizes. For immediate relief take an antacid.

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Prolonged or serious cases of heartburn can result in an ulcer. The common name for this ailment is ulcerative colitis, which literally means colon ulcer and is characterized by inflammation of the colon lining. Ulcers can be prevented with balanced diets, low levels of stress and smaller portion sizes. If you suspect that your colon pain is the result of an ulcer, contact your doctor immediately for appropriate treatment.

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Bowel movements vary for everyone, but if you notice that the interval between your last bowel movement has been longer than normal and experience colon pain, you are likely suffering from constipation. It begins with the hardening of stool between the large intestine and rectum. The longer fecal matter sits there, the harder it because (due to water absorption) and the more backed up you become. This triggers abdominal cramping and colon/rectum discomfort. Constipation often takes care of itself, but medication and other treatments are available to help with this problem.

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a relatively common disorder that creates pain in the abdomin, bowels and colon (the lowest part of the bowels). It is a gastrointestinal disease that is accompanied by bloating, pain and sudden urges to defecate. It can be caused by a number of factors, including stress, poor diet and other genetic factors. Most people with IBS take medication to control their bowels and to minimize pain.

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Colon Cancer

Colon cancer is a serious issue that must be addressed immediately. It can often be confused with other ailments, but if you experience prolonged discomfort then you should see your doctor. Colon cancer occurs when your body's cells become abnormal. As you age, colonoscopies are recommended by doctors who will check for polyps (which are tumors, many of which are benign or non-cancerous but should still be removed). If you experience prolonged colon pain, your doctor may suggest a colonoscopy. This procedure is consider intrusive, but it is a lifesaving precautionary test.

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consulting doctor about colon cancer (Image: Digital Vision./Digital Vision/Getty Images)

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