When you are suffering from IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), you might be facing symptoms that can be totally unrelated from irritable bowel syndrome. One such symptom is developing a Lower back pain while you try to sleep at night. The pain in the back may or may be caused due to irritable bowel syndrome. Such a kind of lower back pain can be referred pain as in the source can be different from the spot where you feel the pain. In this case, the source is your stomach and the pain occurs due to gas formation, bloating and constipation.

Can Irritable Bowel Syndrome Cause Lower Back Pain?

Can Irritable Bowel Syndrome Cause Lower Back Pain?

Even though there is no clear reason as to why irritable bowel syndrome can cause lower back pain but it is assumed that the irritation and disturbances in the large intestine creates are pain which surfaces through our lower back. Irritable bowel syndrome causing lower back pain can also be due to constipation, a physical distension occurs in the walls of the stomach. This further causes pain and possibly passes on and activated pain receptors of the lower back. In such a case, the wall of stomach reacts improperly to various kinds of food and cause unnecessary movements.

Lower back pain can also occur due to inflammation but irritable bowel syndrome is not an inflammatory disease. The lower back pain you are suffering from can therefore be caused by Inflammatory Bowel Disease or IBD. Always consult a doctor to know the real causes of the pain. Another major reason of developing back pain is kidney damage which will require immediate medical treatment.

Treatment for IBS Induced Lower Back Pain

Since there is no proper prescribed treatment for irritable bowel syndrome or the lower back pain arising from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), you have to consult a gastroenterologist to help you in this situation. The treatment for irritable bowel syndrome or IBS induced lower back pain usually comprises of medicines and complementary therapies. Constipation, bloating and gas can be released and the patient can be relieved by taking certain medicines which contain probiotics. You also find probiotics in the form of powder, tablets and in yogurt. Before you change your diet always consult your doctor, since certain products may harm you too while you are on medications.

To relieve yourself from IBS induced lower back pain you may also try complementary therapies like:

  • Deep breathing, breathing through abdomen, progressive relaxation of the muscles, visualization exercises and other relaxation techniques to improve your mood and reduce stress can go a long way in treating IBS induced lower back pain.
  • To reduce physical and mental stress and change your negative mood to positive, try cognitive behavioral therapy.
  • Acupuncture to relax your muscles and release the tension.
  • To relax the muscles and release the stress and strain, try meditation, go for massages and practice hypnotherapy.
  • Exercised like yoga and Tai Chi may help decrease lower back pain caused due to IBS or irritable bowel syndrome.

At the end of the day if irritable bowel syndrome is causing lower back pain then it only makes sense if you manage or control the irritable bowel syndrome to treat your lower back pain. Fixing the lower back pain caused by irritable bowel syndrome without managing irritable bowel syndrome will not solve the problem in long term.

IBS Induced Lower Back Pain and Sleep

Lower back pain can be especially problematic when you are trying to sleep. You can improve your chances of getting a good night's rest by creating a routine.
You can feel most troubled as you try to sleep with lower back pain caused by irritable bowel syndrome. Certain practices may ease your pain like:

  • Do not lie down immediately after being active; rather build in a rest time.
  • Schedule a time to go to bed and avoid taking in caffeine or any kind of heavy food at least four hours before bedtime.
  • Follow the same time for going to bed and getting up daily. This routine will make your body more receptive.
  • Allow all unnecessary activities like eating food or watching television while on bed.
  • Exercise a little daily.

Consult a doctor, even if all the above changes in your daily routine do not benefit you.

Conclusion

In case you are suffering from both irritable bowel syndrome and lower back pain, there is no need to think that the two ailments are related unless you confirm it by a doctor. You must go for an immediate check-up thought to learn what you are exactly suffering from so that the treatment options are open to you sooner.

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Written, Edited or Reviewed By:

, MD, FFARCSI

Last Modified On: July 12, 2017

Pain Assist Inc.

Pramod Kerkar
  Note: Information provided is not a substitute for physician, hospital or any form of medical care. Examination and Investigation is necessary for correct diagnosis.

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