Colonic Inertia is a rare condition where the colon ceases to function normally. The symptom is severe and chronic constipation. It is most often caused by neuromuscular degeneration.
Treatments include use of laxatives, enemas and occasionally surgery.
Constipation is a common problem for many people, the vast majority of whom do not have colonic inertia. A variety of medications used to treat other conditions such as chronic pain, depression, convulsions and cardiovascular disease can cause constipation. Longterm use of stimulant laxatives can also make the colon less responsive to normal signals to move, and so the bowel can become slower. Changes in eating habits including an increase of dietary fibre by eating more fruits and vegetables, whole grain cereals and beans and legumes daily as well as drinking more water and other fluids will help most people.
If you continue to experience constipation especially after making changes in your eating habits, consult your physician for further assessment.