caret icon Back to all discussions

Does anyone experience colon cramping?

When I have a flare up, I can visually see my Colon cramping, it gets hard and I can feel it with my hand on belly then subsides back to normal and soft, only to repeat itself. It is so very painful, similar to labour contractions. Does anyone experience this.

  1. I can definitely feel that my belly (or parts of it) get harder when I'm bloated or experiencing cramps. I don't usually get those horrible cramps you're describing, but it has definitely happened to me in the past as well and I agree that they feel just like labor contractions. You're definitely not alone though, I've heard so many people describe IBS cramps like that.
    Have you seen this article about cramping tips: Maybe some of those could work for you. I hope you're feeling well today.
    All the best, Karina (team member)

    1. I do, but mine is painless. It happens sometimes, and I notice I will pass some wind after it's done that. Obviously it's muscle contractions which are moving something along the colon. I am sorry you are getting bad pain from that happening.
      I have heard Buscopan can help. Have you ever tried it? Buscopan is gentle enough to use for dogs! I know a lady who uses it when her little dog gets colic.

      Otherwise I wonder if a warm bath or a hot water bottle on your tummy might help?

      1. Hi there, yes I have my trusty hot water bottle on my tummy at all times when cramping and have also tried buscopan, mebeverine and colpermin ..none help at all. The contractions are so strong that it looks As if there's an alien in my tummy. It may be gas as you say because it makes very loud gurgling sounds also. Thanks for your reply.

        1. That sounds really terrible, I'm so sorry that you're dealing with that. Does the hot water bottle help at least? Karina (team member)

      2. It's comforting but doesn't make the pain go away .

        1. I am having a terrible episode atm, and I had quinoa for lunch so that's on the no list, I joined as I felt desperate and fimd this forum a lifesaver

        2. I'm so sorry that you're going through such a bad flare... I really hope it'll get better very soon.
          Quinoa is a big trigger for me, too. I haven't had it in years, but when I did try it a couple of times at the beginning of my IBS journey, it gave me the most terrible bloating and pain (and I don't even deal with pain usually, even when I'm flaring).
          Have you been able to identify other triggers yet?
          Karina (team member)

      Please read our rules before posting.