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IBS Irritable Bowel Syndrome Does It Cause Back Pain?

Updated on September 16, 2015

If you are a sufferer of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, (IBS), you know the many symptoms that can come into play. One of the symptoms that is a result of the condition can be back pain.

While some patients seem to have back pain that may be associated with back pain, others may just be suffering as a result of management techniques that can bring this pain on as well. One type of change would be the change of diet. Likewise the back pain can result from stress.

With that being said, when a patient with IBS is also experiencing back pain, the two conditions are looked at together as being related. One of the most common symptom of IBS, is abdominal pain. IBS can trigger pain to begin in other areas as well as it radiates around. When this occurs ones posture is naturally changed to accommodate the new pain. When we change our posture, this throws off our natural positioning of the body . As a result, pain sets in. Bloating is another factor that could very well play a part in back pain. The pressure that is involved in bloating causes more stress to the back region as well.

Sleeping too much and moving around less will as increase chances of a back injury. Many IBS patients because of being uncomfortable tend to move around much less and sleep more. This leads to a body that is not as fit as it should be.

The role that diet plays is important to pain factors. There are foods that trigger sever bouts of the condition. With this there is a stronger reaction and back pain is more likely to occur as well. When certain foods are consumed, the body produces histamines that are the cause of pain in the back. When you are a IBS sufferer you should stay away from or limit wheat and dairy products.

When trying to diagnosis IBS it is very difficult. The causes are not completely known. However, it is widely believed that a life of stress is a contributing factor in the development. With stress, back injury as well as other muscle pain is very likely. If there is an injury to the lower back, IBS could trigger the condition to worsen.

To help to control back pain when suffering from IBS, learn stress control techniques. Also begin a controlled IBS diet if you have not already. Light exercise that will help relieve pain includes, yoga, and walking. These to exercises will assist the back in becoming stronger. If you are a IBS patient be sure to drink sufficient water and regulate your intake of fruits and whole wheat products.

As always if back pain is chronic and server, consult your doctor. Making use of over the counter laxatives and anti-diarrhea products will relieve discomfort.


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      Kristen Howe 

      2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great hub on an interesting concept. Nice work!


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