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Once my gut is in spasm, how best to treat it?

Commented on June 27, 2013
Created January 26, 2013 at 10:36 PM

I figured since a number of people on here have IBS you might have some treatment ideas for me. I think I ate too much fat yesterday, as my stool was looser today and my colon squeezed into the all-familiar spasm (upper right side) that typically sticks around for the next 24 hours. What are some ideas/meds/tips and tricks to relax that spasm. I usually do any of the following:

-epsom salt bath -massage -rub in Musclecare cream -if it's horrifically bad, take 1/2 an Immodium, but that just makes me constipated the next day and doesn't even help the spasm all that much

Is there anything else I can try besides just waiting it out. I was really hoping to go out tonight!

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on June 27, 2013
at 10:37 PM

I know this is an old thread, but nobody mentioned that your colon is NOT in the upper right part of your abdomen. Your colon is your "poop shoot". This totally sounds like gall bladder to me.

957e78eba52aa6508416d9048945611a

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on February 11, 2013
at 10:15 PM

Sometimes, yes. I have seen it at Whole Foods. I order mine online (http://www.therapy-clays.com/edible-three-clay-blend.php). Pascalite is another respected source that can be ordered online. (Amazon also has a few, Redmond is a good brand.) I also use it when I have an accidental (or on purpose) gluten ingestion. I have found it to be way more effective than enzymes in those instances.

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on February 11, 2013
at 03:18 AM

Hi there, thanks, I've taken slippery elm but never the clay. Would I find it at a health food store?

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on February 01, 2013
at 08:57 PM

If you get pain behind your right shoulder-blade, another good sign it is gallbladder. Personally, I did not get pain from eating too much fat. I got it when I LOST fat. If you lose weight too quickly, stones build up in your gb. Going paleo was my 3rd major weight loss in my life; totally filled with stones. However, a lot of people do tie it to eating fat. I took a few supplements to help my gb work better before I decided to have it out: soy lecithin (thins your bile) and ox bile (helps digest fats). Totally recommend the ox bile. If you take it pre-emptively, it can ward off pain.

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

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on February 01, 2013
at 06:33 PM

Also, RK, if it is my gallbladder, what might that indicate? Too much fat in my diet?

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

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on February 01, 2013
at 04:57 PM

Thanks RK. I tried this a few times years ago at the advice of a naturopath, and still have a big ol bottle of high-quality castor oil to use up. I will give it another go. And yes, people often say it might be my gallbladder but it really feels like my colon, in that gas gets trapped behind the spasm. Possibly both are involved - often my back in that same area gets spasmed along with it. It's been particularly bad lately, spent all week in epsom salt baths.

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on January 27, 2013
at 10:42 PM

And btw, upper right abdomen sounds like gallbladder ... hard to tell, there's so much overlap in there.

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901d843c6a01089575ef1751a9e6e9fd

on April 23, 2013
at 07:14 AM

Butylscopolamine works well. You don't say which country you're in, but it's sold without prescription in many European countries under the brand name Buscopan.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butylscopolamine

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on March 25, 2013
at 10:42 PM

Electric heating pad held right on the spasm works wonders for me.

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on March 25, 2013
at 05:48 PM

Peppermint tea and ginger tea were good for me. Thankfully I haven't had IBS in a long time.

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957e78eba52aa6508416d9048945611a

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on February 11, 2013
at 01:43 AM

Bentonite clay (with lots of water) helps for me, sometimes mixed with slippery elm bark powder. For diarrhea, activated charcoal is helpful. Lots of water with all of these.

957e78eba52aa6508416d9048945611a

(40)

on February 11, 2013
at 10:15 PM

Sometimes, yes. I have seen it at Whole Foods. I order mine online (http://www.therapy-clays.com/edible-three-clay-blend.php). Pascalite is another respected source that can be ordered online. (Amazon also has a few, Redmond is a good brand.) I also use it when I have an accidental (or on purpose) gluten ingestion. I have found it to be way more effective than enzymes in those instances.

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on February 11, 2013
at 03:18 AM

Hi there, thanks, I've taken slippery elm but never the clay. Would I find it at a health food store?

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on February 11, 2013
at 01:21 AM

Ginger is my go to fix for any digestive problems I experience. Normally I make a tea using simply chopped up ginger steeped in hot water.

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32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on January 27, 2013
at 10:41 PM

Have you tried a castor oil pack? This has worked wonders for me in the past. When my gallbladder was spasming, it was the only thing that would take away the pain. It also works on my menstrual cramps and bowel spasms.

  1. Soak a piece of cotton flannel in castor oil.
  2. Place over hurting part of abdomen.
  3. Cover with a piece of plastic wrap.
  4. Place a heating pad on top.

WARNING: This is MESSY. Castor oil STAINS! If it gets on clothing, it won't come out (oily spot forever). Use old towels to cover bed, and wear old sweats or something to do it.

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

(5802)

on January 27, 2013
at 10:42 PM

And btw, upper right abdomen sounds like gallbladder ... hard to tell, there's so much overlap in there.

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

(5802)

on February 01, 2013
at 08:57 PM

If you get pain behind your right shoulder-blade, another good sign it is gallbladder. Personally, I did not get pain from eating too much fat. I got it when I LOST fat. If you lose weight too quickly, stones build up in your gb. Going paleo was my 3rd major weight loss in my life; totally filled with stones. However, a lot of people do tie it to eating fat. I took a few supplements to help my gb work better before I decided to have it out: soy lecithin (thins your bile) and ox bile (helps digest fats). Totally recommend the ox bile. If you take it pre-emptively, it can ward off pain.

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on February 01, 2013
at 06:33 PM

Also, RK, if it is my gallbladder, what might that indicate? Too much fat in my diet?

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on February 01, 2013
at 04:57 PM

Thanks RK. I tried this a few times years ago at the advice of a naturopath, and still have a big ol bottle of high-quality castor oil to use up. I will give it another go. And yes, people often say it might be my gallbladder but it really feels like my colon, in that gas gets trapped behind the spasm. Possibly both are involved - often my back in that same area gets spasmed along with it. It's been particularly bad lately, spent all week in epsom salt baths.

618fc5298c4a96b817c4918c795a875f

(1217)

on June 27, 2013
at 10:37 PM

I know this is an old thread, but nobody mentioned that your colon is NOT in the upper right part of your abdomen. Your colon is your "poop shoot". This totally sounds like gall bladder to me.

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