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Pain in lower back after a bowel movement, difficulty going to the toilet, long duration... drink enough water, eat healthily... any suggestions?

Pain in lower back after a bowel movement, difficulty going to the toilet, long duration... drink enough water, eat healthily... any suggestions?

Stool softener-seeDr: Sounds like constipation possibly. Continue the healthy diet with increased Fiber and plenty of fluids, and see the dr. to be assessed for your possible constipation and back pains. Good luck. ...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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I'm having bad pains in back nut it seams that they come and go when I don't pass a bowel movement. What could I do or should do?

I'm having  bad pains in back nut it seams that they come and go when I don't pass a bowel movement. What could I do  or should do?

Constipated?: Colonics & purges are popular but should be avoided & can not be recommended (see earlier healthtap answers). Use of irritant laxatives are safe for the short-term only. Fiber supplements, stool softeners, & lavage agents like MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) are safe. Rx drugs are available based on work-up of your cause of constipation. However, patients define "constipation" differently than doctors--what's your issue? ...Read more

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Haven't been able to keep anything down. Food or medications either comes right back up or in terrible at bowel movement. What can it be?

Haven't been able to keep anything down. Food or medications either comes right back up or in terrible at bowel movement.  What can it be?

Stomach flu: Sounds like stomach flu (vomiting + diarrhea). Trying sips of water instead of drinking much fluids at a time may be helpful. Avoid solids for now. If you medication to help nausea (phenergan), take that. If you have loose frequent stools, over-the-counter rehydration solution is the way to go. ...Read more

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Pain in upper left side of back relived for brief moment with bowel movement?

Pain in upper left side of back relived for brief moment with bowel movement?

Maybe constipated?: Are you constipated? A medical definition is bowel infrequency (less than one bowel movement every 3-4 days). What's "normal" for you? The fact your symptoms abate after decompressing your gut by defecating suggesting a colonic source of distress. Examination is in order certainly for your reassurance & accuracy of diagnosis. ...Read more

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My back started to hurt almost a week ago and today I realized that I am having more bowel movement. Should I be worried?

My back started to hurt almost a week ago and today I realized that I am having more bowel movement. Should I be worried?

Could be: infection, inflammation, or tumor, of colon rectum, uterus, ovary, or bladder. Best to see a doctor for accurate diagnosis and proper treatment, so you will not need to worry so much. ...Read more

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When pushing to have a bowel movement i get pain in my lower back?

When pushing to have a bowel movement i get pain in my lower back?

Endometriosis: Endometriosis is often the culprit in painful defecation and is usually fairly serious when it reaches that point. Pelvic pain prior to menses is a common symptm indicating you have it. ...Read more

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No bowel movement for four days and lower back is extremely painful. Isthis something to worry about?

No bowel movement for four days and lower back is extremely painful. Isthis something to worry about?

Yes and no: Yes if this is not normal for you but not going to the bathroom for 4 days constitute constipation so just is not but if this happens intermittently then you have to because all the way from irritable bowel syndrome to other mechannical , finctional etc so you decide yoursel the good thing is you are young so thats in your favour but dont ignore and see a physician. ...Read more

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Pains in back at various sites at various times of the day. Bowel movement seems to relieve pain. Bowel movement brown but with tiny black specks?

Pains in back at various sites at various times of the day. Bowel movement seems to relieve pain. Bowel movement brown but with tiny black specks?

?diverticulitis: Diverticulitis commonly causes left lower abdominal pain, sometimes exacerbated/relieved by a bowel movement. Inflammatory colitises can cause symptoms. Constipation. You should see a doctor if it has lasted longer than a few days or if it is severe and limiting your daily activities.. There are other causes as well and you may require a ct scan or colonoscopy to help sort them out. ...Read more

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I have back pain when having a bowel movement?

See below: It depends on the cause. Symptoms like these can only be adequately diagnosed through a thorough evaluation by your doctor. ...Read more

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When i got to the bathroom to do a bowel movement, sometimes the lower left side of my back hurts. What could this be?

Sigmoid colon prob?: It is possible that you are feeling some contractions or spasm of the sigmoid colon, which is the last portion of the colon leading to the rectum, and this is located in the left lower quadrant and near the left lower back. If it happens only occasionally, may not be serious. But if starts to happen consistently or becomes severe, definitely have it evaluated. ...Read more

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My little sister wiped back to front after a bowel movement. I made sure to clean her good immediately after with wiped. Can she still get a UTI?

My little sister wiped back to front after a bowel movement. I made sure to clean her good immediately after with wiped. Can she still get a UTI?

Yes: The best hygiene is to wipe from front to back.
However, wiping from the rectum could spread
bacteria and cause a urinary tract infection, though
rare. Observe for fever, emesis, dysuria (pain with
urination). Let an MD know if these symptoms occur. ...Read more

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I have not produced a bowel movement in 39 days. Xrays and cts came back showing impaction but nothing serious. I've tried, meds, drinks, enemas etc.

I have not produced a bowel movement in 39 days. Xrays and cts came back showing impaction but nothing serious. I've tried, meds, drinks, enemas etc.

Miralax (polyethylene glycol): I recommend drinking lots of water and using miralax, (polyethylene glycol) this type of fiber works with your body and doesn't necessarily forces you to use the bathroom but lets you decide when you want to go. Each person has different reactions to fiber and some can cause bloating to some while others to have the same symptoms, so it is important to try a few to see which one works best for you. ...Read more

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After appendix taken out when will your appetite be back and your bowels move regular again my dad is 67 and had his appendix taken out now he is having problems with his appetite and having a reg bowel movement. Is this something we should worry about

After appendix taken out when will your appetite be back and your bowels move regular again my dad is 67 and had his appendix taken out now he is having problems with his appetite and having a reg  bowel movement. Is this something we should worry about

Hello. : Hello. I would like to ask a couple of question. Recovery times can be different for a laparoscopic appendectomy compared to a open appendectomy. Do you know which type of appendectomy he had? How long ago was his surgery? Were there any complications in the immediate post operative period? Does he have any major systemic health problems? ...Read more

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What causes painful bowel movement with back pain?

What causes painful bowel movement with back pain?

See Dr.: At age 72, you may hve some pinching nerves, some bowel neuropathy, or it may be simple constipation with referred pain to your back. Have a dr. Evaluate you and get a proper plausible diagnosis so any treatment if needed can be started, good luck. ...Read more

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Servere sciatic pain and lower lumbar pain after bowel movement?

Servere sciatic pain and lower lumbar pain after bowel movement?

Compression neuritis: get examined with emphasis on the pelvis and lumbosacral spine. You may need anti inflammatory medicine and an MRI of the lS spine. ...Read more

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What does back pain right before a bowel movement mean?

What does back pain right before a bowel movement mean?

Always?: If this has always been a problem for you it mat just be your anatomy. If it is new, check it out. ...Read more

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How can you have a bowel movement after having a back and neck injury?

How can you have a bowel movement after having a back and neck injury?

Bowel program: If you are referring to a spinal cord injury, the bowel can be trained to have regular movements. This often requires several steps and is taught during rehabilitation. ...Read more

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I have no bowel movement and my lower back hurts severely what do I have to do?

I have no bowel movement and my lower back hurts severely what do I have  to do?

Laxative and enema: Try some over the counter laxative like magnesium citrate and some enemas. If your symptoms do not improve with having a bowel movement, seek help from a physician to narrow down a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Why does my lower back hurt extremely bad before I have to make a bowel movement?

Why does my lower back hurt extremely bad before I have to make a bowel movement?

Shouldn't be...: You may have some constipation, which is much more common than folks think. Even if you're having a bowel movement a day, you can be constipated (the colon can expand and stretch a lot). If you have fever, blood in the stool, see a doctor. Otherwise take a softener like colace (docusate sodium) at least once a day. Do not take laxatives. Drink water! you should see a difference in a few days. ...Read more

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I need to know how to make a friend have a bowel movement after she had a back and neck injury?

I need to know how to make a friend have a bowel movement after she had a back and neck injury?

Bowel medications: If your friend has a spinal cord injury (with paralysis), then you should consult a physician to ensure a safe technique. If the constipation is due to pain medications, it is wise to take a stool softener once or twice daily while taking pain pills. For a home remedy, try a Dulcolax 10 mg suppository placed in the rectum and she should have results in an hour. See a doctor if there is no result. ...Read more

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My doctor said, he has to inner check my back because I have irregularity in my bowel movement? What does that mean?

Clarification: Hello. If he is doing a digital (gloved finger) evaluation - that is likely to be a rectal examination. Stool can be checked for blood. A colonoscopy is another possibility as well as various radiograhic studies with dye. Please ask you doctor to specify what he plans to do. ...Read more

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After having bowel movement, I started having discomfort between both shoulder blades and under right shoulder blade. No other symptoms. ?

After having bowel movement, I started having discomfort between both shoulder blades and under right shoulder blade. No other symptoms. ?

Could be serious: Gall bladder problems can have this pain pattern, but the fact that it happened after a BM, especially if you strained at all, could also mean that some air/gas has escaped and is under the diaphragm. This is extremely serious, meaning something has ruptured. So if it doesn't go away quickly, or if it gets worse, you should be seen in a location that has an x-ray. Good luck! ...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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Anytime i eat spicy food or even mildly spicy food soon after I have severe back pain until i make a bowel movement, and that doesn't always cure it.

Anytime i eat spicy food or even mildly spicy food soon after I have severe back pain until i make a bowel movement, and that doesn't always cure it.

GERD or GB: Spicy foods are usually fatty, such as pizza, chili, tacos, etc. Gallbladder pain frequently is felt in the back, sometimes as the only source of pain. Ruq pain is also associated. Reflux causes esophagus irritation, and although it's most commonly felt in the substernal area, it can be associated with back pain. Unclear about the bowel movement relationship.Try low fat diet, and talk to your md. ...Read more

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I have back pain on the right side after every bowel movement. No straining is involved, and movements are pretty regular. The pain doesn't go away un?

See doctor: Since you have not given any information on the duration of the symptoms it is hard to give a guess. However if this problem has been present for more than 2 weeks or getting worse, it is best to get examined by your doctor. ...Read more

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I had a sigmoidoscopy 3 days ago & haven't had a bowel movement since 4 days ago. Is this normal? I started back on lactulose & fybogel.

I had a sigmoidoscopy 3 days ago & haven't had a bowel movement since 4 days ago. Is this normal? I started back on lactulose & fybogel.

Chronic constipation: Sounds like you are chronically constipated, given the meds you are on. Constipation can be from diet, meds, anatomical, neurological causes. Left colon gets cleaned out with enemas for a sigmoidoscopy. This may all be normal for you, but don't have any details. Call md who did procedure, report in. ...Read more

Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more


Bowel Movement (Definition)

Expulsion of fecal material, food residue and bactrial residue, ...Read more