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I have severe lower back pain after a bowel movement ?

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Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
More info needed: Might have strained muscles while pushing. Much more info would be needed to say more.

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CA
A 45-year-old member asked:

What does frequent bowel movement together with lower back pain indicate?

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Dr. Walid Osta
Pain Management 19 years experience
GI ISSUES AND PAIN: These symptoms could have totally independent origins such as irritable bowel disease co-existing with lumbar degenerative disk disease. However, you should check for changes in the color of the stools and if it seems oily as these my indicate problems arising from the gall bladder and/or the pancreas which may give both symptoms. You should follow up with pcp asap for evaluation and work up.
United Kingdom
A 43-year-old female asked:

Why do I get bad lower back pain when I need a bowel movement. ?

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Dr. Matthew Parker
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Colon spasm: I suspect that you are experiencing "referred pain" from your colon, which will go into a bit of a spasm to expel its contents when it is time for you to defecate. If this is a new problem for you, it might be wise to check with your doctor to ensure it isn't something else. You might also see if an OTC stool softener like Docusate might relieve the symptom somewhat.
Brooklyn, NY
A 54-year-old male asked:

Hello, can bowel movement issues effects lower back pain?

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Dr. George Blankinship
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 13 years experience
Yes: The straining associated with constipation can cause increased pressure on the lower spine which could potentially aggravate a back condition.
Clover, SC
A 33-year-old female asked:

I just recently started having lower back pain on both sides only when i have a bowel movement. What could it be?

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Dr. Andrew Sherman
Specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Disc herniation: Hello: Pain with bowel straining might suggest a herniated disc. Discs hurt with sitting and straining (Valsalva). You might want to get examined by a physiatrist specialized in spine care.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What causes low back pain until there is a normal bowel movement?

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Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Bowel issues: Severe, chronic constipation sometimes can produce back and leg pain that mimic a disc herniation. This is presumably from increased intra-abdominal pressure that compresses and irritates the lumbar plexus. Treat the constipation, and symptoms resolve.

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