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A 27-year-old female asked:

why do i get severe leg pains in both legs (sometimes back pain) when my bowel is full, painkillers and laxatives no help.

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Dr. Ahimsa porter Sumchai md
Specializes in Sports Medicine
Pelvic Compression: When you understand the neuroanatomy of the pelvis and the role compressive loads play in triggering low back, pelvic and sciatic pain, it becomes clear why constipation aggravates these symptoms. An autopsy study showed people who do not have a daily bowel movement harbor up to 5 pounds of roughage in their GI tract. This pressure leads to hemorrhoids, diverticula, low back pain and sciatica.

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Last updated Oct 15, 2017

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