Can Constipation Trigger Lower Back Pain?

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Can constipation trigger lower back pain? Thousands of patients go to doctors for back pain. Some of these people associate their lower back pain with constipation, a digestive problem that affects 16 out of 100 American adults. Several case studies found that digestive issues accompanied by lower back pain often indicate a serious underlying problem.

For example, it could be a sign of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), endometriosis, pancreatic cancer, or bowel obstruction. Alternatively, it might be your body’s way of telling you that you have a severe liver problem. Let’s look at what studies and other references say and how you should cope with your constipation-related back pain.

Can Constipation Trigger Lower Back Pain? Symptoms of Constipation

Constipation causes difficulty in passing bowels and changes the texture of the excreted feces from medium-soft to lumpy and extra hard. Some people who get constipated fail to pass bowels for up to three days and develop rectal ulcers. Others, on the one hand, experience abdominal cramps and bloating. 

Notably, constipation can also trigger mild to severe lower back pain because it strains some muscles and puts pressure on several nerve roots. Unfortunately, until you successfully get rid of the retained fecal matter, the pain will persist and cause discomfort. So the first step at determining if your lower back pain is from constipation is to get your bowels moving.

Common Causes of Constipation

Failure to pass bowels regularly can stem from a plethora of reasons. But, in most cases, it develops because of low dietary fiber consumption. Essentially, dietary fiber helps your digestive tract maintain a smooth excretion process. It also improves the stool’s consistency and form, allowing your large intestines to expel wastes quickly when you go to the toilet. 

Besides lack of dietary fiber consumption, studies identify other factors that lead to the onset of constipation. A few examples include: 

  • Dehydration 
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Taking certain medications
  • Presence of a tumor in the digestive tract
  • Fecal impaction

If you seem to show signs of these health concerns, we recommend visiting your physician or consulting with an internal medicine doctor. This way, you can gauge the extent of your lower backache and constipation problem.

When You Should Use Constipation Lower Back Pain Remedies 

Constipation and constipation-related low back pain can resolve independently if they stem from a low-fiber diet and dehydration. So, if your situation doesn’t call for urgent medical assistance, you can try a few natural constipation remedies. These may come in handy in improving your waste excretion and alleviating the pressure on your lower back. Some examples of worthy options you should consider doing include: 

  • Increasing your water consumption
  • Increasing your physical activity
  • Including probiotics and prebiotics into your daily diet
  • Following a low FODMAP diet to prevent constipation caused by irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Avoiding food products that upset the balance of your gut flora
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Signs of Trouble: When to Call a Doctor If You Have Back Pain and Constipation

Most of the time, simple remedies are enough to resolve constipation and its accompanying symptoms. However, some situations require emergency medical assistance because they indicate severe underlying causes. Here are examples of instances when you need to take your constipation and lower back pain more seriously:

You fail to excrete feces for at least a week

Bowel movement patterns differ from one person to another. Some might find it normal to poop thrice a day. On the other hand, some individuals only feel the urge to excrete fecal matter once a day. On average, a normal person passes stool at least three times a week. If you go beyond that or notice the problem to drag on for around one week, we strongly suggest calling your physician and scheduling a routine check-up. 

You notice blood in your stool

A bloody stool primarily indicates internal bleeding or anal fissure. Unfortunately, when your poo changes consistency from soft to hard and lumpy, the lining of your excretory organs becomes irritated. The lining can also tear while excretory wastes pass through the digestive tract and out from the anus.  

The pain lingers after passing bowels

If the pain doesn’t fade away after pooping, you might have nerve compression. Besides your condition, you might also have misaligned spinal bones – a common cause of nerve pain in the country.

Consult an Upper Cervical Chiropractic Doctor About Your Lower Back Pain

Experiencing back pains and constipation can be quite alarming. After all, they can indicate several things ranging from having poor digestion to abnormal tissue growth inside the colon. Once you confirm that your backaches don’t stem from constipation but a postural problem, we recommend trying upper cervical chiropractic.

Patients complaining about excruciating lower back pain have seen vast improvements after receiving upper cervical care. Furthermore, many of them have unlocked the path to revitalized health and improved balanced and gait after working with an upper cervical chiropractor. 

Upper Cervical Chiropractic and Lower Back Pain Research

According to research, there is accumulating evidence upper cervical chiropractic care helps people with both acute and chronic back and neck pain. Here are some of the research articles:

Rapid Elimination of Chronic Back Pain and Suspected Long-Term Postural Distortion with Upper Cervical Vectored Manipulation: A Novel Hypothesis for Chronic Subluxation/Joint Dysfunction. This study found that upper cervical chiropractic adjustments were effective in rapidly eliminating chronic back pain.

The Upper Cervical Spine and Chronic Lumbar Disc Degeneration with Muscular Atrophy. This case study demonstrated that upper cervical chiropractic care was able to improve chronic lumbar disc degeneration and associated muscular atrophy.

A Case Report: Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care for an Adult Patient with Scheuermann's Disease and Back Pain. This case study showed that upper cervical chiropractic care was effective in reducing back pain in a patient with Scheuermann's disease.

Case Report: Management of Post-Surgical Chronic Low Back Pain with Upper Cervical Adjustment. This case report found that an upper cervical chiropractic adjustment was able to manage chronic low back pain in a post-surgical patient.

In summary, the research indicates that upper cervical chiropractic care can be effective in reducing chronic back pain, improving disc degeneration, and managing post-surgical low back pain. The proposed mechanism is that correcting upper cervical spinal misalignments can have a positive impact on the entire spine and associated musculature.

Can constipation trigger lower back pain? Yes it can and an upper cervical specialist can help people struggling with both find relief. Find a nearby upper cervical chiropractic practice and learn about the best lower back pain remedy today!

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