Splenic Flexure Syndrome
Gas pain is often associated with short-term pain and is cited as a “passing” problem.
Instead, it can have long-term consequences for patients who are slow to react or let it simmer for too long.
It’s important to better recognize and understand what Splenic Flexure Syndrome is all about, so immediate action is taken by all involved.
This article should give you more information on this condition.
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What is Splenic Flexure Syndrome?
Let’s start with a simple question of “what is it?” to get a feel for the condition.
This is a condition found in the upper abdomen and is often compared to gas pain. It feels as if a “bubble” has collected in the middle of one’s body and is refusing to go away.
The name is given for where it’s located in the human body.
The spasms and distention start to occur in the splenic flexure and therefore, the condition’s name comes from where it is found.
The pain can vary for this condition based on the patient’s medical history.
Symptoms of SFS
What are the symptoms of this condition?
What should a patient look out for if they’re feeling general discomfort in the upper abdomen?
- Discomfort & Nausea In The Upper Abdomen
- Abdominal Spasms
- Frequent Passing Of Gas
- Constipation/Diarrhea (Will Vary)
- Abdominal Distention
When searching for these symptoms, it’s often a combination of 2-3 in each patient. It’s important to seek medical assistance regardless of how many symptoms are being seen.
A guaranteed symptom will be underlying pain in the upper abdomen (left side) as this is where the splenic flexure is located.
It is the first symptom a person is going to note if they are feeling pain.
Does it Cause Weight Loss?
There is a possibility that this syndrome might cause a loss of weight, however this is usually a rare thing.
However as we have stated, there really has not been the same kind of research done on it when compared to IBS. As a result of them being somewhat similar in terms of symptoms and areas affected, we can assume a level of connection between the two.
The main reasons behind any weight loss is mainly due to extreme abdominal pain causing the sufferer to skip eating, therefore resulting in a lower calorie intake.
What Does The Pain Feel Like?
Generally you will find some of the pains feeling similar to IBS. This means that you might feel:
- Cramps, cramping feeling
- Stabbing pains
- Sharp pain
A medical professional will go through a series of tests to ensure the condition is as they believe it to be. They will also be testing for various other conditions a person can have with similar symptoms.
The diagnosis will include:
- Physical Examination
- Assessment Of Medical History
- X-Ray (If Required by Radiology)
- Assessment Of Past 24 Hours (Dietary Intake)
- Gastrointestinal Test
Depending on the symptoms and what is occurring at the time of one’s visit, a set of steps such as the one’s above will be followed for a definite diagnosis.
This is done to not only know what is going on but rule out similar conditions.
A patient will often ask their doctor as to what is the reason for this condition.
The causes will vary.
- Intake Of Gas-Forming Foods
- Gas Trapped In Gastrointestinal Tract
- Distended Abdomen
The most common cause will come from a heavier intake of gas-forming foods and is the first one cited by patients.
However, there are many who deal with all causes.
This is a condition one starts to notice immediately if it has come about due to poor dietary choices. This is why the diagnosis includes a 24-hour recall of what one has consumed.
What is the treatment for this condition so that a person can get back to their daily routine without discomfort or a distended abdomen?
- Prescribed Digestive Aid Medication
- Modification Of Diet
- General Antacids
If the condition is minimal in its symptoms, a doctor will stick to the antacids and modification of diet.
However, those who are noticing severe symptoms and are in tremendous discomfort, a prescribed medication is the route to take. It is the one way to ensure the short-term pain goes away.
However, the best long-term solution will always be a modification in one’s diet along with a higher amount of water intake.
This is a medical condition, which continues to impact more and more people due to the poor dietary choices made in one’s day-to-day routine.
It is recommended to remain on top of this as a person before it causes issues and to act quickly, if the problem does creep up and create trouble.
Do not let it settle in as the problem will only worsen with time and get harder to manage.
Speak with a medical professional and have an immediate set of tests run to see what is going on and whether it is Splenic Flexure Syndrome or IBS.