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After 3 weeks off with a bad lower back I have pain in left bum cheek also a change in bowel habit with nausea and headaches. Is thjs from my back. ?

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Dr. Bahman Omrani
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees

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"bad back pain", "pain in left bum cheek" (radiculopathy or sciatica), along with problems with bowel or bladder control places a condition known as cauda equina syndrome in the differential diagnosis.
The nausea and headache can be due to worsened back pain if that is the case. Although rare & unlikely, the condition is often missed & diagnosed after permanent damage has set in.

In brief: Read answer

"bad back pain", "pain in left bum cheek" (radiculopathy or sciatica), along with problems with bowel or bladder control places a condition known as cauda equina syndrome in the differential diagnosis.
The nausea and headache can be due to worsened back pain if that is the case. Although rare & unlikely, the condition is often missed & diagnosed after permanent damage has set in.
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Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not likely

It sounds like you got a viral gastroenteritis after a back pain .
However if your symptoms do not resolve in 24 hours see your doctor.Ensure adequate fluid intake.

In brief: Not likely

It sounds like you got a viral gastroenteritis after a back pain .
However if your symptoms do not resolve in 24 hours see your doctor.Ensure adequate fluid intake.
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Dr. Bahman Omrani
Listen to the good doctor.
Dr. Vernon Barton
There may be some nerve root compression in the lower thoracic, upper lumbar area that will give the left 'bum pain' and may also contribute to some Vagal nerve stimulation resulting in GI symptoms. Try some traction, gentle stretching, physical therapy and massage/hot & cold compresses b.i.d for a couple weeks or more.
Dr. Dwain Rickertsen
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Family practice

You probably have disk disease that is pressing against a nerve root.
It involves the sciatic nerve and possibly the sacral nerve. It may be serious so see your dr soon.

In brief: Family practice

You probably have disk disease that is pressing against a nerve root.
It involves the sciatic nerve and possibly the sacral nerve. It may be serious so see your dr soon.
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David Escobar
Family Medicine

In brief: Depends

The change in bowel habit is curious; if by this you mean you are having trouble controlling your bowels (i.
e., incontinence), go to the er right away. Otherwise, it's difficult to answer the question without knowing more about the back condition. The pain in the left gluteus may be suggestive of pinched nerve, radiculopathy, sciatica, piriformis syndrome. Best to check with your doctor right away.

In brief: Depends

The change in bowel habit is curious; if by this you mean you are having trouble controlling your bowels (i.
e., incontinence), go to the er right away. Otherwise, it's difficult to answer the question without knowing more about the back condition. The pain in the left gluteus may be suggestive of pinched nerve, radiculopathy, sciatica, piriformis syndrome. Best to check with your doctor right away.
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