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Debilitating cramps for two minutes, then gon



Every morning I get up early then within 10 minutes or so I get debilitating cramps. I can`t stand straight. After I have a bowel movement (which is not hard, just hard to pass) it goes away. I am not constipated. I have normal size and regularity. But these cramps bring me to tears. They are extremely painful. I have tried stool softeners and a colon cleanse program. Thank you for any help you could pass on.


Sounds like you are having spasm of the smooth muscle of your intestinal wall. You may want to ask you gastroenterologist to consider dispensing a medication or fiber to treat this. Also, an exam to make sure there is no source of narrowing or inflammation may be reasonable.

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Janice Frederick Rafferty, MD Janice Frederick Rafferty, MD
Professor of Surgery
Chief of Colorectal Surgery Division
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati