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Question by  raze (78)

Can a herniated disc in the lower back cause constipation?

I have had a lot of constipation with my herniated disc but I am not sure it is related.


Answer by  Anonymous

Yes, definitely. Any nerve damage to the lower spine can contribute to conditions such as Cauda equina, which will effect both the efficiency of digestion and the ability to have a bowel movement. Also, more pressure to the nerve from being constipated will cause a viscious cycle. Keep things flowing!


Answer by  bash (1026)

No, generaly it won't cause constipation. Constipation may cause as a result of intake of certain medicines. You add more fruits in your diet. Take purgatives occassionally.


Answer by  joji26 (214)

Yes, a herniated disc in the lower back can contribute to constipation. It can interfere with the nerve signals being sent to the bowel. On the other hand, it could just be that there was a period of time when you tried not to go because it hurt. That can also cause constipation because the stool gets dry and hard.

posted by Anonymous
This is true. Also, constipation can lead to a back injury. Constipation with a herniated disk are very hard to recover from, as both contribute to each other and both must be treated to break the cycle.  add a comment

Answer by  Angela17 (697)

A herniated disc cannot cause constipation. If you are taking a pain medication for this, then, that can be causeing the constipation. You should try to eat things that include more fiber in your diet and see if this will help you. You should also refer to your doctor to see if there is anything he wants to give you.


Answer by  Latin4 (11170)

The only way it could cause constipation is if it's pressing on the disc. Otherwise I don't think they are related.


Answer by  Anonymous

idiots! there is a dangerous disease i cant think of the name but you should go to the emergency room!

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