What Are Motility Disorders?

Motility disorders are topics people often don’t discuss because they impact the gastrointestinal tract, and that means talking about digestion and elimination. But many people do suffer from motility disorders of the four main parts of the digestive tract:

  • Esophagus
  • Stomach
  • Small intestine
  • Colon

People often don’t want to talk about gastrointestinal and motility disorders because it’s considered rude or impolite. And it’s true; constipation, diarrhea, and fecal incontinence aren’t great dinner table topics. Still, they are a fact of life for many people with motility disorders, and it’s important for people to know the medical conditions of those around them most so they can offer support, share information, and be of help in an emergency.

So, let’s talk about motility disorders for a minute. The gastrointestinal tract is largely muscular, and it works by contracting those muscles to aid digestion and move the contents of the digestive tract from the esophagus through the stomach, small intestine, and colon. When people have motility disorders, the muscles do not contract properly, regularly, or in the correct pattern, and this can cause one or more of the following issues:

  • Achalasia
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Fecal Incontinence
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), often called “acid reflux” (which is actually a symptom of Gastroparesis
  • Hirschsprung’s Disease
  • Intestinal Dysmotility
  • Intestinal Pseudo-Obstruction
  • Outlet Obstruction Type Constipation, also called pelvic floor dyssynergia
  • Small Bowel Bacterial Overgrowth

When people have motility disorders, medical ID jewelry isn’t always strictly necessary, especially if the symptoms are mild. However, when people have severe symptoms, particularly when people have debilitating pain and/or when they are on multiple medications, medical ID bracelets and necklaces can help emergency medical personnel provide faster, more accurate treatment with less chance of aggravating your condition or causing inadvertent drug interactions.

We discussed motility disorders today because YOU asked! What else would you like to read about here on the Lauren’s Hope blog?

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