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Can straining during bowel movements cause ongoing lower back pain?

Can straining during bowel movements cause ongoing lower back pain?

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. ...Read more

Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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

Unity of structure: Your body is one unit. Your intestines hang from your lower back. There is overlap in nerve supply. People who are chronically constipated can easily get back pain. As precaution, If you have other medical problems, or a family history of colon cancer, get checked out by a doc in person. Make sure you've had a recent gyn exam too. I hope you feel better. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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I have had hemmorhoid surgery & i'm getting lower back pain as well as pain from bowel movements. Is this normal after 3 weeks ?.

I have had hemmorhoid surgery & i'm getting lower back pain as well as pain from bowel movements. Is this normal after 3 weeks ?.

Hemmorhoids: People present after surgery with pain and this can actually be the issue preventing a normal bowel movement. There are dietary, behavioral, hygiene modifications as well as procedures that can help these common problems. It is best if you consult with your surgeon to help with ruling out other issues like an infection or a fissure. Also fiber and or laxatives may help at this point or sitz baths. ...Read more

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Hubby having lower back pain and sometimes front pain below ribbs in early morng which wakes him up.pain goes away after bowel movement.sleep posture?

Hubby having lower back pain and sometimes front pain below ribbs in early morng which wakes him up.pain goes away after bowel movement.sleep posture?

Needs a Physical: Your husband needs a physical with labs to start to figure out why he has this pain in the morning. Most concerning would be cardiac, but this could also be gastric reflux . Need more information, exam , labs and EKG. ...Read more

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Should i be concerned about lower back pain, excessive gas and change in bowel movements?

Should i be concerned about lower back pain, excessive gas and change in bowel movements?

See below: If the constipation that you report is new, you may want to be tested for hypothyroidism. Without any addition details about your low back pain and what has been performed so far to evaluate it, you may to discuss this with your primary. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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I have lower Back pain which radiates to my sides. It's painful to sleep and stand from sitting. Bowel movements give short relieve. What could it be?

I have lower Back pain which radiates to my sides. It's painful to sleep and stand from sitting. Bowel movements give short relieve. What could it be?

Constipation can cau: back pain. If this is a problem 4 U, use diet high in fiber & fiber supplement, keep well hydrated, avoid laxatives. Diverticulitis can do the same. This requires a visit 2 Ur PCP 4 a start. ...Read more

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I think I'm having more bowel movements recently and feel gas and lower back pain when I do. Is this something to be worried about?

I think I'm having more bowel movements recently and feel gas and lower back pain when I do. Is this something to be worried about?

1st, why RU gassy?: Feeling full of "gas" may reflect malabsorption of food (like gluten, lactose), intake of poorly digested food, or choosing foods known to promote gas (beans, fizzy drinks). Sometimes its more complicated--a stomach emptying too slowly, bacterial overgrowth syndrome, delayed intestinal function, partial obstruction from any cause, infection, rectum problems, and pelvic pathology outside the gut. ...Read more

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I had a C-section a week and 2 days ago I am have horrible lower back pain and also having a hard time with bowel movements. What could it be?

I had a C-section a week and 2 days ago I am have horrible lower back pain and also having a hard time with bowel movements. What could it be?

Many possibilities: Low back pain and constipation 9 days after a cesarean. Constipation is common after a cesarean, due to pain meds and not moving as much. Make sure you are using a good stool softener such as senna and drinking lots of water. Back pain could be from constipation, bladder/kidney infection, soreness from where epidural or spinal was. Call your doc and get seen. ...Read more

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My 15 yr old son has lower back pain off/on for a yr as well as bleeding while bowel movement..we've been to several drs but no diagnosis..related?

Back pain : we need more information to help you. The first thing that down to mind is inflammatory bowel disease like Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. The others causes are rhemiatoligcal diseases like ankylosing spOndylitigis. Need more information ...Read more

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I have severe lower back pain after a bowel movement ?

I have severe lower back pain after a bowel movement ?

More info needed: Might have strained muscles while pushing. Much more info would be needed to say more. ...Read more

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Hello, can bowel movement issues effects lower back pain?

Hello, can bowel movement issues effects lower back pain?

Yes: The straining associated with constipation can cause increased pressure on the lower spine which could potentially aggravate a back condition. ...Read more

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I have lower back pain associated with sluggish bowel movements this pain is radiating to my right hip and groin. Worse in morning?

I have lower back pain associated with sluggish bowel movements this pain is radiating to my right hip and groin.  Worse in morning?

Back pain: Back pain caused by disc degeneration or spinal stenosis can often get worse with "straining" due to sluggish colon. It may also radiate into groin or gluteal area. You need to increase your fiber (metamucil, etc) and other natural laxatives. Also, stay active. If this does not help you should have a check up, including hip x-rays, and an MRI of your back. ...Read more

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Neck pain and shoulder pain after drinking. Lower back pain after standing or sitting for longer than 10mins. Inconsistent stool and bowel movements?

Get evaluated!: At 18, these are unusual complaints. I am concerned that you have a significant nerve compression, especially with the low back pain with standing, and the bladder and bowel inconsistency. Please get this evaluated by a physician immediately. ...Read more

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34 yrs women. Severe legs pain from knees to feet in both legs.no varice.sometimes mild lower back pain.it make worst with bowel movement or gas.

34 yrs  women. Severe legs pain from knees to feet in both legs.no varice.sometimes mild lower back pain.it make worst with bowel movement or gas.

Requires examination: Highly suggestive of lumbar disc issues; however circulatory and neurological issues must be rules out. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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Have chronic low back pain. No diagnosis. Hurts worse when gassy or have bowel movement. It's not colon issues. What else could this be?

Diagnostic injection: Most back pain is either discogenic or facetogenic. That is either from your disc or the joints in your lower back. A less common cause is the sacroiliac joint. An MRI is useful if not done. After MRI history and physical exam diagnostic X-ray guided blocks can give you a diagnosis and lead to specific treatment . ...Read more

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Low back pain, sacrum area. And urge to have a bowel movement, but with constipation, also nausea and pain in pelvis. ?

Constipation: Constipation can cause all of the symptoms described. Chronic constipation should be evaluated by your doctor who will evaluate for medication side effects, irritable bowel syndrome, spinal cord lesions and a number of other causes. ...Read more

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I have severe lower abdomen pain and lower back pain after bowel movement?

Not normal : Many things can cause your symptoms (adhesions, colon issues, anal issues, endometriosis, etc) but clearly, it is not normal to have "severe" pain with bms. See your md asap for evaluation. If the pain is truly severe and getting worse you may need to go to er. ...Read more

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It's been two weeks since period. Cramping and lower back pain and spotting for a week. Blood from vagina after bowel movement. Periods are not heavy.

It's been two weeks since period. Cramping and lower back pain and spotting for a week. Blood from vagina after bowel movement. Periods are not heavy.

Check a pregnancy: test. If negative, wait a week and check it again. You need at least 2. Then go to GYN or family doctor to make sure you do not have a bladder infection or vaginal infection, which could cause the discharge above. If everything is clear, then you may need to wait for your period to reset, whatever the triggering event was. Be patient. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

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Lower back pain along with right buttock and right hip pain. Painful during movement. Looking down with chin on chest causes shooting pain down back.

Lower back pain along with right buttock and right hip pain. Painful during movement. Looking down with chin on chest causes shooting pain down back.

Sciatica: Although there are several possibilities, one if the more common causes is a sciatica, which is an irritation of a nerve in the back that can cause pain that runs into the hip. When you lower your chin, it increases the pressure in the spinal canal and can aggravate the symptoms like you are describing. The hip and the SI joint are also potential causes. Don't hesitate to be seen. ...Read more

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Can straining to have a bowel movement cause back pain?

Straining back pain: The pressure within the spinal canal increases during straining. Any inflammatory condition may feel worse while straining. What are the other symptoms? Leg pain? Tingling? Numbness? Weakness in the legs? ...Read more

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What could be the cause of bad lower back pain and pain that goes in the bowel area?

What could be the cause of bad lower back pain and pain that goes in the bowel area?

Uncertain : Pinched nerves, spinal compression injury, and intra -abdominal problem. You're going to need to see your physician he get Clarity ...Read more

Dr. James Chapman
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Low Back Pain (Definition)

Low back pain is pain that occurs in the back above the buttock area and below the ribs. Low back pain can be sharp, dull, intermittent or constant. Pain can be at rest or associated with activity. Back pain can also be accompanied with pain that shoots or radiates down into the lower extremities or legs which is frequently ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Back Pain (Definition)

Pain in the back is a symptom that can be due to a number of causes including musculoskeletal or neurological problems or due to problems ...Read more