A 30-year-old member asked:
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can straining during bowel movements cause ongoing lower back pain?

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Dr. William Newton
18 years experience Pain Management
Yes: Straining with bowel movements can increase you intrabdominal pressure which can exacerbate back pain and can also worsen pain that may be resulting from a disc herniation. Talk with you pcp about your issue. They may recommend a stool softener or even a laxative to help alleviate the bowel issues. They can also help determine if there is some other source to your back pain.
Answered on Oct 4, 2016

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