Understanding Dysmotility Symptoms and Treatments in Colorado
At Rocky Mountain Gastroenterology Associates, we understand that gastrointestinal disorders can be uncomfortable and disruptive to your daily life. Dysmotility is one such condition that affects the normal function of the digestive system. On this page, we will provide an overview of dysmotility, its causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options to help you understand this condition better.
What Is Dysmotility?
Dysmotility refers to a condition where there is abnormal movement or function of the muscles in the digestive tract. It can occur in any part of the digestive system, from the esophagus to the rectum. Dysmotility can affect the way food and waste move through the digestive system, leading to symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, and constipation.
What Causes Dysmotility?
The causes of dysmotility can vary depending on the location and severity of the condition. In some cases, dysmotility may be a result of an underlying medical condition such as diabetes or Parkinson’s disease. In other cases, it may be a side effect of medication or a result of surgery. Dysmotility can also be caused by stress or anxiety, which can affect the normal contractions of the digestive muscles.
Who Is at Risk for Dysmotility?
Anyone can develop dysmotility, but certain factors may increase your risk of developing this condition. These risk factors include:
- Neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis
- Connective tissue disorders such as scleroderma
- Chronic stress or anxiety
- Previous abdominal or gastrointestinal surgery
What Are the Symptoms of Dysmotility?
The symptoms of dysmotility can vary depending on the location and severity of the condition.
Common symptoms of dysmotility include:
- Abdominal pain
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
Esophageal dysmotility can cause symptoms such as:
- Chest pain
- Difficulty swallowing
How Is Dysmotility Diagnosed?
To diagnose dysmotility, your healthcare provider will first perform a physical examination and review your medical history. They may also recommend one or more of the following diagnostic tests:
- Esophageal manometry – A test that measures the strength and coordination of the esophageal muscles.
- Gastric emptying study – A test that measures how quickly food leaves the stomach.
- Colon transit study – A test that measures the time it takes for food to move through the colon.
How Is Dysmotility Treated?
The treatment of dysmotility depends on the underlying cause and severity of the condition. In some cases, lifestyle changes such as dietary modifications or stress reduction techniques may be recommended. In other cases, medication or surgery may be necessary. Specific esophageal dysmotility treatment options may include:
- Medications such as proton pump inhibitors or prokinetic agents
- Endoscopic procedures such as dilation or botulinum toxin injection
- Surgical procedures such as a fundoplication or Heller myotomy
Request an Appointment Today
We understand that living with digestive disorders can be challenging, and we are here to help. Our team of board-certified gastroenterologists at Rocky Mountain Gastroenterology Associates provides comprehensive care for a wide range of digestive conditions, including dysmotility.
If you are experiencing symptoms of dysmotility, such as abdominal pain, bloating, or difficulty swallowing, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with us. During your appointment, our healthcare providers will perform a thorough evaluation to determine the underlying cause of your symptoms, including a physical exam and any necessary diagnostic tests.Go back