My Back Hurts When I Poop, Why?


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As with all pain, strains and ailments with the human body it can be caused by a number of different things However, back pain while visiting the lavatory usually indicates that it is one of three problem areas.

The most likely cause of back pain while defecating is muscle strain. This can of course be caused by many things such as previous injury, bad posture and so forth but sticking with the toilet arena, back pain can be caused by problems in the digestive tract, namely issues with wind. This may sound a bit farfetched but the curvature of your spine and the position of your pelvis are the two main elements that can cause back pain. Excess gas in your abdomen can cause your belly to distend (like a pregnant woman’s) and put superfluous pressure on your pelvis meaning your body cannot adjust.

Also if you are a less regular visitor to the commode this will also put additional stress on your back. Surplus poop in your colon has much the same effect as excess gas so you will have to work harder to get rid of it. This may cause your blood pressure to spike, increasing the pressure on your spine tremendously.

There is a possibility that you may have a previously undiagnosed food allergy (many of us do). This can cause inflammation of the intestinal track. This can cause back problems on the toilet as your intestinal track is very close to your spine and the inflammation will affect the muscles near your spine.

If you think it may be any of the above causes, the recommended advice is to drink more water and massage your abdomen using the Sun-Moon method. Lie on your back and with both hands starting just above your right hip, apply inward pressure on your abdomen, going straight up to the bottom of your rib cage. Then follow along the bottom of the rib cage to the left and then down to the top of the left hip. Go slow and repeat to tolerance. Alternatively you could try colonic irrigation.

The other two possible causes of back pain while emptying the bowels are related to the kidneys. As such, if the pain comes from them regions rather than the middle of the back, the likely causes are kidney stones or acute kidney failure. If this is the case seek medical assistance.

This is also true if you symptoms to not disappear within a week.

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