The most common symptoms of spastic colon are pain in the abdomen, cramping, gas, bloating, mucus in the stool, diarrhea and constipation, according to the Mayo Clinic. Spastic colon is another term for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Symptoms vary from person to person, and depending on the type of IBS. Symptoms also fluctuate in severity for each individual.
According to WebMD, symptoms indicate spastic colon if they persist for six months, if there is abdominal pain for three days each month or if two of the following three are true: having a bowel movement stops the abdominal pain, the abdominal pain is connected to a change in how often a bowel movement occurs or abdominal pain is connected with a change in the consistency of the bowel movements themselves.
As explained on WebMD, the three types of IBS are IBS with constipation, which includes the symptoms of stomach pain, infrequent bowel movements and hard stool; IBS with diarrhea, with symptoms of stomach pain, frequent and urgent need for bowel movements and loose stools; and IBS that alternates between constipation and diarrhea. According to WebMD, an individual may cycle through the three types of IBS over time. Treatment options for each type vary.