Your ileocecal valve plays a key role in digestive health. This valve connects your small and large intestines and if functioning correctly, should open and close allowing small amounts of matter to pass at a time. If this valve becomes irritated it can become stuck open, closed, or alternate between the two. This can result in diarrhea, constipation, or both — which are common symptoms of ileocecal valve syndrome.
What You Should Know About Ileocecal Valve Syndrome
The ileocecal valve is affected not just by food but also by overall digestive health, hormones, and nervous system function. There are many signs of Ileocecal Valve Syndrome other than constipation, diarrhea, or sudden pain. Symptoms and their severity can range depending on how long this valve has been irritated. Chronic low back pain, dizziness, dark circles under the eyes, ringing in the ears, nausea, frequent sinus infections and headaches are all symptoms related to the malfunction of this valve.
Treatment involves lifestyle and dietary changes as well as supplements to restore valve function. Frequent exercise, healthy sleep patterns, and balancing any other contributing organ systems are also key to healing ileocecal valve syndrome.