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Colicky pain is described as pain which comes and goes; it is important to note that in true colic there is a baseline of no pain. This distinguishes colic occuring as a result of gastrointestinal obstruction - a true colic - from other misnamed colics such as renal and biliary colic. These latter conditions always have a background presence of pain.
Colicky abdominal pain can be the result of some sort of obstruction to passage in a viscus but is usuallly functional and secondary to irritable bowel syndrome.