Friday, February 16, 2018 by Janine Acero
Autoimmune gastrointestinal dysmotility, or simply intestinal dysmotility, is a general term used to describe diseases of the muscles of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract (esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines) characterized by abnormal intestinal contractions such as spasms and intestinal paralysis. It may be idiopathic (of unknown cause) or associated with cancer elsewhere in the body, most commonly small cell lung cancer.
The disease may involve any part of the GI tract and is due to abnormalities in the intestinal muscles or the nerves controlling the muscles. The dysmotility problem can be mild, moderate or severe.
Intestinal dysmotility is the most common cause of indigestion. It can be caused by an irritable stomach, which can get worse with stress or emotional upset.
The following are considered intestinal motility disorders:
Intestinal dysmotility is very common. It may cause discomfort, but is almost never life-threatening. The symptoms can include:
Fiber-dense fruits (raspberries and strawberries, peaches, apricots bananas, apples, pears) and vegetables (cabbage, artichokes, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, cauliflower, radishes, celery, beans, lentils, nuts, seeds, whole grains) help the digestive system recover from inflammation and help improve intestinal motility.
In addition, drinking plenty of water will help break down food faster and improve overall digestion.
Treatment and management options for intestinal dysmotility generally aim to the relieve specific symptoms, determining any underlying cancer if necessary, and/or immunotherapy.
You can help manage and prevent your symptoms by following these tips:
It is also highly encouraged to stop alcohol consumption for a trial period of at least three months. If alcohol is restarted, maintain your intake to less than two units per day for men and less than one unit per day for women.
Emotional stress can make digestive symptoms more troublesome. Reduce your stress levels with some yoga, meditation, or other relaxation exercises, have adequate sleep and rest and find a hobby you enjoy.
Intestinal dysmotility is a general term for the diseases of the muscles of the gastrointestinal tract characterized by abnormal intestinal contractions such as spasms and intestinal paralysis. It involves the esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines.
Intestinal dysmotility may be idiopathic or associated with cancer.
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