Can Hemorrhoids Cause Back Pain?

Hemorrhoids Cause Back Pain?

Hemorrhoids can cause a lot of problems. The problems form in critical parts of the body, exposing it to exceptionally harmful circumstances.

In addition to being itchy and painful, hemorrhoids halt the body’s normal functions. With all the damage hemorrhoids can do, the question remains what impact, if any, do hemorrhoids have on back pain?

To determine whether hemorrhoids cause back pain, it’s essential to look at what hemorrhoids are and how they interact with the body. Hemorrhoids can be broken down into two categories:

Internal Hemorrhoids

These hemorrhoids exist in the body for the most part. The symptoms, however, are seen outside the body. Internal hemorrhoid symptoms may be lines of blood on toilet paper or in a bowel movement released into a toilet. These hemorrhoids form from small veins which swell in the anal region. Sometimes the veins swell so much that they sag and pop outside of the anus. When this occurs, the pain worsens greatly because anal muscles restrict the blood flow. Hemorrhoids thrive on blood flow. The result is mucus-like material on toilet paper following bowel movements.

If these hemorrhoids do not heal quickly, the damaged veins can cause additional health problems.

External Hemorrhoids

With external hemorrhoids, the risk of severe conditions is elevated. External hemorrhoids progress from small smears of blood to small puddles of blood. A discomforting solid mass develops in the anal region and the hemorrhoids begin to clot.

Do Hemorrhoids Cause Back Pain?

From a scientific perspective, the link between hemorrhoids and back pain is dubious. Some have speculated that hemorrhoids require so much blood that they drain blood from other sources. Such instances they claim may cause back pain in muscular regions of the back due to a lack of blood flow.

The other possible connection between hemorrhoids and back pain is the location. People often complain of hemorrhoid pain near the tailbone because hemorrhoids grow near their tailbone. Such growths can cause sufferers to equate hemorrhoids pain with tailbone pain, thus establishing a back pain connection. Again, both connections are dubious and not scientifically founded.

Hemorrhoids, under normal circumstances, should be seen by a doctor. When hemorrhoids begin bleeding and occur outside the body, a physician should be consulted. Anal bleeding can be a symptom of more serious issues such as colon or rectal cancers.

Over-the-counter medications can be helpful in treating most hemorrhoids. The over-the-counter creams relieve pain and reduce swelling. Other treatments help external hemorrhoids without the aid of a doctor. Treatments include adding more fiber to meals, drinking more water and the hemorrhoid creams to reduce itch-inducing inflammation. These treatments have also been shown effective in treating internal hemorrhoids.

Particularly harmful cases of internal hemorrhoids may require other treatments. Tying the hemorrhoids with a rubber band can restrict blood flow, essentially stopping the hemorrhoids’ food supply. Surgery is another option for severe cases.

Either way, when suffering from both back pain and hemorrhoids, consult a doctor, but be wary of drawing conclusions about hemorrhoids causing back pain. Other underlying problems are more likely.

Filed Under: Back Pain, Constipation
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Jesse Cannone, CFT, CPRS, MFT

Jesse is the co-founder and visionary CEO of The Healthy Back Institute®, the world-leading source of natural back pain solutions. His mission as a former back pain sufferer is to help others live pain free without surgery and pharmaceuticals.

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35 thoughts on “Can Hemorrhoids Cause Back Pain?”

  1. C. Jones says:

    Internal hemhorroids do cause back pain. I have scoliosis in my lower back. I was in so much pain I could not live a normal life. I was seeing a chiropractor, going to physical therapy, and doing yoga. Before my daily bowel movements I could barely walk. Within 3 hours after the surgery my back pain was eliminated. However, I am certainly contending with the pain in the “butte”. The doctor said the hemorriods were so large that they had to come out. I waited too long for surgery.

    1. LInda Clark says:

      Thanks for the reply.. I have had some Hemorrhoids, much of my life.. This last year, I have been diagnosed
      with Spine Stenois. . I have appt with surgeon, to discuss hemorrhoid surgery. I have been concerned with the connection of the two problems.. The pain I have now, is not like it used to be.. Although, I know it will be painful, I am going to have to do something.. I more rapidly getting worse..

    2. Francesca says:

      Were having trouble deficating as well ?
      I feel like a constant pressure .
      Inflammation , after a bowl movement I feel relief every time .

  2. Sandy B says:

    I accidentally discovered what was causing my tail bone pain that had been plaguing me for months. I had a pretty bad case of Hemroids and tried over the counter CVS Brand Suppositories. I got relief within
    just a few hours of both the tail pain as well as lower back pain as well as the hemroids. This is nothing
    short of a miracle. I feel such relief.

  3. Joyce says:

    This is another recommendation of Dr. Jonathan Wright’s that I have checked out and find to be very effective. Twenty drops of SSKI in one ounce of high quality oil. Lugol’s solution is essentially the same potassium iodide preparation. I am using castor oil (when needed) but extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil or such will work well also. Saturate a cotton ball with this solution and tuck up next to hemorrhoids when ready to sleep. How nice to find no more hemorrhoids only a few days later. Tried the rubber band surgery years ago, first hemorrhoid worked well – second one a few days later ended up with rubber band slipping off the next day, replaced and slipped off again the next day – leaving me with an external hemorrhoid with an ulcer on it.

    Like Dr. Wrigth’s solution much better and seldom have to use more than once or twice per year.

    1. Monica says:

      What is SKKI?

  4. Ester Maupa says:

    What’s SSKI?

  5. Mayday says:

    I had a hemorrhoid to rupture internal one & medically thinking it has caused infection & back pain & pelvic pain. Im thinking from the drainage which came from the internal hemorrhoid rupturing it drained into my vagina & caused bacterial infection which has my pelvic inflamed & back hurting. GYN tested & I had bacterial infection from ruptured hemorrhoid. Now my back hurts but shall be fine after antibiotics

    1. Monica says:

      Please try colloidal silver water! It kills bacterial and Vairo infections in the body without subjecting yourself to antibiotics which can cause antibiotic resistance! I have been off antibiotics for five years now and when I do get an infection I turn to colloidal silver to clear it up. Best of luck to you !

  6. Debra Kelly says:

    Mayday your explanation is exactly what I am experiencing now, I am afraid to have surgery as I have 2 large hemmroids and causing pain constantly. I’m hoping to find relief somehow thanks for sharing, makes me feel so not alone in what I’m experiencing

    1. Monica says:

      I have tried using a soft ice pack to sit on which relieve the swelling of your hemorrhoids

  7. Jane says:

    I have this pain on lower back left hip area. Its on the spine and at that indent of left hip sacrum area. I walk a lot at work up & down hard floor halls and most days that seems to aggravate it the most. When I get home I lay on my right side at foot of bed & twist at the hip and kinda crack it in place. Most days this works, just a little soreness. It usually flares up around the time of the month I get my period. This month period is almost done but that pain is just awful. I also think my period causes all this inflammation in areas like my sinuses and rectum cause I am prone to nosebleeds and anus gets like sore and itchy. Think maybe I have a herniated disc. Maybe its normal aging? Maybe its a sign that menopause is going to start to happen in a few years? Anyone have any similar symptons>

    Female, 31

    1. Charla Cook says:

      Have you tried a Chiropractor? They could help you a lot.

  8. Frances Mazzei says:

    I have itching but no bleeding,. Just a little lower back pain. could this be hemmroids

  9. Steve, HBI Staff says:

    Frances, We can not tell you what is causing your itching thus we have to suggest that you consult your physician on the matter… and while there please ask them if there is any reason why you can not take a probiotic to support colon health…

    Steve HBI Staff

    1. Rita Gyamea says:

      I have been experiencing tailbone pain, waist pain, lower back pain anytime a sit for short time. I also seen small blood, itching, difficulty with pain when empty my bowels what drug should I used please. Am in Ghana.

  10. farook khan says:

    is due to piles just after going to toilet its very hard to drive two wheeler as I feel pain in lower part and even I can not sit or walk properly after toilet.

    1. Monica says:

      I also have flareups after defecation. I have terrible pain in my tailbone which extends down the back of my legs. The pain can last up to an hour or two! I put both hands on both sides of my tailbone and the pressure seems to help relieve the pain some.

  11. Lynn says:

    Please, try all natural herbs and essential oils. Do not go to a doctor.

  12. Lynn, With all, do respect if someone is having a medical issue of ANY KIND and that issue is consistent and persistent Please do seek medical attention…

    And at that meeting, you can ask if there are natural things you can change including diet, exercise and yes even supplements.

    but dont lets thing linger…

    Not all Doctors are bad and most likely yours is not…

    Steve HBI Staff

  13. Lisa says:

    I had just went to the chiropractor the week before and I started having major lower back pain and into my butt area pain lessened but then hemorrhoid pain began so now that I know that there is a possibility that back pain is associated with hemorrhoids, good note to know I just had a band put around part of the hemorrhoid and I will tell you it was a little uncomfortable but I’m having more problems with my legs feeling really weak and they were like hurting so bad last night after the procedure

    1. Monica says:

      I kind a have the same problem! Pain in the butt and down the back of my legs which makes them feel so weak! If you find something that helps please let me know. Best of luck to you!

  14. Luke :) says:

    One shouldn’t rule out excess water consumption; as taken by the advice from the internet when looking how to relieve hemorrhoid symptoms.
    I saw “drink more water” on pretty much every website out there.
    So I did…110%. Was a bit to overzealous.

    Instead of drinking slowly, I was taking in big gulps of water, and I unnecessary put to much strain/pressure on my kidneys causing back pain from misunderstanding common advice.

    (Tldr: Increase water consumption, drink slow, not fast.)
    Also I have restless legs with this hemorrhoid, not sure why.
    My best guess….because im laid up in bed.

    And the reason I have a hemorrhoid in the first place is because of excess excersise, hayfever sneaze attacks and sitting on the toilet for to long reading, all compounded to weaken the hemorrhoidal tissue/vein lining.

  15. Lesley says:

    Please get checked out if you have anal bleefing . Because I spent 3 days convincing the hospital that something was wrong after I broke my ankle and had surgery. It turned out thst I had an internal hemorrhoid that was bleeding I was losing a minimum of a litre and a half! Eventually they ended up giving me 4 units of transfusion over 2 days. This built up my coagulation levels .
    O am still feeling week and worn out 3 months later. I know this is not the norm but be careful.

  16. Francine Moss says:

    Has anyone ever had theHemorrhoidectomy THD surgery? Does it work–I too am having lower back pain and my legs hurts. I have both Internal and External hemorrhoid

    1. Tony De La Torre says:

      I have and now not even a year later I just got another thrombosis external hemorrhoid….. I’m changing my dr because she doesn’t rule out any gastrointestinal disorders after I told her I have trouble with bowel movements on a all plant based diet …. also my mother has colitis and my older sister has celiac disease

    2. Monica says:

      My daughter had the surgery done about five years ago and she said it was the worst thing she ever went through in her life including childbirth.

  17. Karen Ann Buttemer says:

    I’m having rectal pain and much bleeding…I do have hemorrhoids and have had them examined…I’ve tried creams witch hazel sitz baths the past few days no relief…now I’m experiencing lower back pain..never had issues this bad… don’t know what to do…need support as I’m scared.

    1. Admin says:

      HI Karen,
      Thank you for your comment and question. With these types of symptoms please do seek medical attention. A doctor will best be able to advise you in this matter.

      Our Best Wishes
      (The Healthy Back Institute)

  18. Redwan saleh says:

    I have exeternal hemmoride and i have scolociss in the lower back and the pian make me not leav like normal life plz give me advice and surgery is a solution or not

    1. Admin says:

      Hi Redwan,
      Thank you for your comment and question. With regard to the hemorrhoids please do seek medical attention. A doctor will best be able to advise you.

      Regarding Scoliosis you may also be interested in our book the 7 Day Back Pain Cure as it discusses back pain and related issues and pain relief suggestions. Please read more about it via the link below

      Thank you. Our Best Wishes
      Admin (The Healthy Back Institute)

  19. Jennifer Taylor says:

    I have had hemmoroids for the past 7 months I have tried over the counter meds the suppository make my sick to my stomach and makes me throw up I have tried the soaking in bath all that I have bad lower tailbone pain alot or stomach pain and alot of pressure in my behind.

  20. Eleanor says:

    I’ve suffered from hemmeroids since my teens I’m now 36..they are internal and external..I’ve had them stapled and the banding procedure..nothing as worked ..I asked for them to be removed and I went to surgery only to wake up to them been banded..I was fuming and put a complaint in..because here I am 3month later with hemmeroids again and having to get childcare etc as I’m bed bound ..but this time I’ve got really bad lower back pain and a dull ache in my hips and bum cheeks..I’ve been like this since Sunday now and none of the pain killers are touching sides ..I’m using anasul HC cream and suppositories and nothing is easing ..I’m moving house in a weeks time and this isnt what I need right now

  21. Andy says:

    I’ve been diagnosed with hemorrhoids and a anal fissure but I’m not having a lot of rectal pain but my back is killing me I can’t work I can’t go to the gym nothing I been dealing with it for months please tell me if that is what’s causing my lower back pain and tightness

    1. Steve says:

      Andy, there can be many reasons for associated back pain with hemorrhoids, including inflammation, hypertonicity of the anus muscle other muscle imbalance issue and they all need to be investigated in a way that looks for the root cause of each. Please look for root causes of issue not simple actions like taking drugs.

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