October 07, 2021
If you have ever felt abdominal pain or a sudden urge to go to the bathroom after eating something, it may be due to a physiological reflex known as the gastrocolic reflex. Dr. Lang Dai Chu, gastroenterologist at Clinica Ricardo Palma, explains that this condition is due to increased movement of the large intestine minutes after the food reaches the stomach, generally when it is empty. Next, our specialist gives us more information on this topic.
In people with greater sensitivity the symptoms can be: abdominal pain, gas and diarrhea after each meal.
In most cases, being a natural reaction of the body, no treatment is necessary. However, for those people who have greater visceral sensitivity or have a diagnosis of irritable bowel, medical treatment for pain, diarrhea or gas, with antispasmodics or antiflatulents, as directed by your treating physician.
Some recommendations to avoid the gastrocolic reflex are:
If symptoms persist despite diet improvement, medical evaluation is necessary. Remember that the diagnosis of a specialist is of the utmost importance for proper treatment.
Dr. Lang Dai Chu
Gastroenterologist at Clínica Ricardo Palma