What is the Ileocecal Valve?
The ileocecal valve (ICV) is located between the last portion of your small intestine, called the ileum, and the first portion of your large intestine, called the cecum. The function of this sphincter valve is to allow digested food materials to pass from the small intestine into your large intestine. The ileocecal valve also blocks these waste materials from backing back up into your small intestine. It is intended to be a one-way valve, only opening up to allow waste materials to pass through.
Ileocecal Valve Syndrome
When the ileocecal valve is stuck in an open position, then waste products can back up into the small intestine and disturb your digestion and also release unhealthy toxins that are absorbed across the intestinal wall and into the body through the blood. Also, when the ileocecal valve is stuck in a closed position, then waste products are prevented or constricted from passing into the large intestine. Either way, the weakening and malfunctioning of this particular doughnut-shaped sphere of slimy smooth muscle is enough to mess you up in inumerable ways.
Unfortunately, this disorder is often overlooked by the medical profession. A dysfunctional ileocecal valve can result in a combination of symptoms.
Ileocecal Valve Syndrome Symptoms
• Right shoulder pain
• Right side pelvic pain
• Low back pain
• Pain surrounding heart
• Flu symptoms
• Syncope / Near syncope
• Bad breath
• Face pallor
• Dark circles under eyes
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P.S I should have added that I am actually gluten intolerant and life is good because now I know :)