Do Bowel Problems Cause Low Back Pain?

It’s not uncommon to experience low back pain and bowel problems at the same time.

Low back pain and bowel problems are occasionally linked, as they are both in close proximity to one another.

And, remedying one can often relieve the other.

The key to relieving low back pain and bowel problems is finding the source of one or both sources of pain.


Of all the pain complaints patients give their doctors, lower back pain ranks near the top.

Roughly 80% of adults experience lower back pain at some point in their life.

But when lower back pain is caused by—or combined with—another physical ailment, such as bowel problems, the pain can feel unbearable.

Although, the back pain can pre-date the bowel problems in some patients.

bowel problems and lower back pain

One such problem is known as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), which has been known to cause mild to severe pain in both the bowels and the abdomen.

IBS can cause cramping and irregular bowel movements and cause diarrhea, and in some cases constipation, all of which can worsen pain in the lower back region.

Nerve damage in the lumbar region of the back can also cause abdominal and bowel pain.

Some bowel problems combined with back pain can also be attributed to tight muscles in the low back that disrupt the flow of the nerves to the digestive tract and other internal organs.

There are other more severe medical conditions that can cause low back pain and bowel problems

While it’s uncommon, herniated discs can impact bowel function in severe cases. This occurs when the herniated disc puts pressure on nerves that control bowel function, causing loss of bowel control.

Learn more about herniated discs and how to treat them right here.

Cauda equina syndrome is another condition that can affect bowel function.

The syndrome is caused by compressed nerves at the end of the spinal cord within the spinal canal.

Symptoms include low back pain and loss of bowel control.

For a proper diagnosis, consult a qualified medical professional.

5 ways to relieve bowel problems and low back pain

Is there any relief for bowel problems and back pain?

The simple answer is “yes.” The more complicated answer, however, is “it depends.”

There are therapies that can relieve the pain, but more may be needed to cure the problem once the source has been pinpointed.

If you’re experiencing severe pain, seek immediate medical attention right away.

1. Manage your stress

One way that you can begin to relieve your pain and discomfort is to manage your stress levels.

Try simple treatments such as yoga or exercise and stretching to relieve the pain.

Regular stretching and a hot bath is also an effective combination to treat lower back pain and find relief due to bowel problems or inconsistencies.

2. Get a massage

Massage can provide tremendous lower back pain relief and provide some relief from bowel problems as well. A deep tissue massage, in particular, can speed up the healing process and reducing pain.

3. Change your sleeping position

Get pain relief throughout the night by sleeping on your side with a pillow between your knees to remove the pressure from the lower spine and open the nerve flow in the digestive tract.

4. Change your shoes

Small steps such as wearing flat shoes with arch supports can help reduce back pain. Lift with your legs and not your back, particularly if lifting is an important part of your job.

5. Try home remedies

In addition to these lifestyle changes, you can use many home back pain remedies to keep the pain away. As the pain presents you will want to lessen it enough to perform basic tasks such as lifting, walking and standing.

To do this effectively you will need to relieve the pain and reduce the swelling by using hot and cold compresses, painkillers and even topical pain ointments.

Once you have a temporary fix on the pain, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor to diagnose the source of this pain.

You should also document the type of pain you experience, when the pain occurs, when it worsens and what actions alleviate your pain.

This will help your doctor determine the right method of diagnosis, which will increase the odds of finding the right diagnosis.

With the right diagnosis, treatment can begin right away.

Other suggested treatment options

Sometimes, you may not find the right diagnosis or treatment simply by visiting your doctor. That’s because doctors don’t often address the complete picture of why you’re experiencing pain.

More often than not, our pain is caused by imbalances in any or all of these three sources: mind, body and diet.

Here at the Healthy Back Institute, we teach a comprehensive method that called the Complete Healing Formula that addresses each one of these sources.

We’ve found that this is the best way to address chronic pain, whether it’s in your lower back or elsewhere.

I provide an overview of these healing strategies in my book The 7-Day Back Pain Cure

You can download a copy of my book for free by clicking right here.

Filed Under: Back Pain, Lower Back Pain
Written By:
Jesse Cannone, CFT, CPRS, MFT

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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17 thoughts on “Do Bowel Problems Cause Low Back Pain?”

  1. Avatar SDS says:

    I have been living with both lower back pain & stomach digestive issues for years. I have been to my GP about this repeatedly, for years. 2 colonoscopies, a pat on the back, & basically a “Good luck with that.” Just today, I was in horrible pain, finally had a good “movement,” & the back felt so much better. Obvious the two are related, but I can’t find assistance. Exercise more ? Is more abdominal strength needed?

    1. Avatar Karen says:

      I’ve had success with both the following, low bowel enemas and, my favorite is a mild detox tea. Either of these take my back pain away.

  2. Avatar Steve says:


    I can tell you that I live with diverticulosis and I need to and do, supplement with, Fiber DAILY, I do not care what anyone says it is very hard to get enough fiber in ones diet on a daily bases and if you do find relief with daily movements you need to make the movement easier…


  3. Avatar John says:

    Good luck getting a doctor to believe you know what you’re talking about. I have spinal stenosis, two fusions, severe facet pain at the L3-L4 Level so I can’t remain vertical for any length of time, lower back pain which improves when I have a bowel movement, thigh pain, burning down the back of my right leg, and extreme pain in an artificial (Biomet Magnum) hip joint that has no nerves in it. Why won’t any doctor try to figure it out and do something?

  4. Avatar susan b mccarthy says:

    Hello to all, wondering if right hip pain that comes & goes for any reason can be bowel related. This pain came out of nowhere & has no motive meaning shows up whenever. This pain takes me down fast. Im a pretty healthly 53 female , exercise daily eat right etc…. Drs thought hair line fracture but wasnt. Plus i didnt have a injury to cause it. Idid have SEVERE pain when using prep. H suppoitories . Just wondering if any one has a clue on this matter before i dis own ALL doctors. Thanks

    1. Avatar Cherie says:

      I so understand what you’re saying!!… right hip pain. I believe my lower back pain and hip pain are both so related to my duet abs Bowles. If I avoid carbs, sugar and red. Eat I’m so much more comfortable. Doctors do not seems to understand:(

  5. Avatar Trish Parr says:

    I am 72. I have 2 pinched discs in my lower back. I have started having extreme discomfort in my lower bowel ( I am not constipated and take Lepicol daily) but the pain spreads out into my hips and groin and I also have pain in my backside which seems to affect my legs to some extent. Any ideas anyone?

    1. Avatar Admin says:

      Hi Trish,
      Thank you for sharing. We believe education is key to addressing back pain issues and would suggest you please get yourself a copy of our free book the “7 Day Back Pain Cure”.

      The book discusses back pain issues and related conditions, pain relief methods to try, treatment options for you to consider, pain relief action plans and other helpful information related to back pain you may like to consider.

      Please read more details about the 7 Day Back Pain Cure book via the link below

      Our Best Wishes
      Admin (The Healthy Back Institute)

    2. Avatar Celey says:

      I have much of the same issues with my lower back sometimes I can’t find a comfortable sleeping position.Once I have a movement, I noticed I feel somewhat better.
      The subject I want to touch on is pain in hips, legs and BUTTOCKS. I kid you not it was horrible. My doctors just ignored what I was telling them. They did not understand pain in the BUTT! And it’s real! At one point I felt pain in both hips, butt, burning hips and felt my hip bones were rubbing, to a point I could hardly walk.
      My husband started researching. It turns out it was caused by the Claritin I had been taking for my allergies. It had something in it that caused this reaction. It took awhile for me to feel better but that was it! So now when I take any medicine the doctor recommends or over the counter… I PAY ATTENTION! I noticed it happens with antacids and other medicines you wouldn’t even think about. STATIONS also.

  6. Avatar Hazel says:

    I have lower back and I feel it is related to bowel ,I blackout with the pain and then feel the urge to have a bowel movement ,the has been going on for years each time more debilitating.i have a good diet.Cant walk or stand for too long as back hurts
    Anyone else’s going through this

    1. Avatar Admin says:

      Hi Hazel,

      While bowel issues can lead to back pain, the severity of pain you describe may indicate something severe and you should visit your doctor ASAP, if you haven’t already, to rule out major conditions.

      If other major conditions are ruled out, then certainly try the suggestions in this article. You also may find relief with our Natural Cleanse supplement. You can learn more about it here:

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

      1. Avatar Carol says:

        My husband has been dealing with the same thing for over 20 years. Has gone to pain doctors, Had nerves burnt in his back. Spent thousands of dollar going to dr. threw out the years AND NO ONE HAS FOUND THE CAUSE OF HIS PAIN…When the pain gets bad and he has a health bowel movement the pain gets lesser.. but has the pain 24/7. When I tell dr. about the bowel movements they kind of ignore. me.. Wish we could find someone to take his pain away, as he can’t walk to far to long , can’t sit for only so long, can only stand for so long.. Think he will be in wheelchair in few years…

  7. Avatar Carol says:

    Where can help be found?

  8. Avatar Susan says:

    I have just seen this website and wondered if anyone has experienced my symptoms, so hear goes! I had a Bowel and bladder prolapse. And had a laparoscopy to fix 18 months ago. I had excellent surgeons. I have this last year been experiencing terrible pressure in my bowel/vagina area with the sansation that I need a bowel movement. Alongside this I have been having horrendous pain in right buttock which I thought was Sacroiliac syndrome. Has anyone suffered these symptoms together and been told that the back pain is causing pressure in pelvic floor.

  9. Avatar Natalene says:

    i have also a prolapse and have back pain near the SI joint,i get a bit of relief when i pass bowel,but the pain feels like pressure also especially if constipated,and have to force movement,then stomach bloats and the back pain grows..

    1. Avatar Admin says:

      HI Natalene,

      Thank you for sharing. We would suggest you get yourself a copy of our free book the “7 Day Back Pain Cure”. The book discusses back pain issues and related conditions, pain relief methods to try, treatment options for you to consider, pain relief action plans and other helpful information.

      Please read more details about the 7 Day Back Pain Cure book via the link below

      Our Best Wishes
      Admin (The Healthy Back Institute)

  10. Avatar Farah says:

    I have the pain in my hips and bones around the hips after
    I had fisher problem and I use sup … same things you used but I still have pain and stomach and abdomant pain.
    I dont know why ? I think my problem comes from my colon.

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