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Causes, Symptoms and Treatment of Lower Back Pain and Diarrhea

In addition to diarrhea, back pain can also occur simultaneously. Diarrhea is one of the symptoms that can arise at any time for adults who suffer from low back pain. IBS, constipation, and enteropathic arthritis are some of the conditions that may cause both. 

A severe case of diarrhea may result in dehydration and malnutrition if left untreated. An underlying medical condition may cause recurring back pain and diarrhea.  Generally, people suffer from chronic back pain. However, if they also suffer from diarrhea, they should seek medical attention. If you experience these symptoms, you should seek medical attention from Pain Management in Dallas.

Causes Of Lower Back Pain And Diarrhea

Diarrhea and low back pain may have an underlying medical cause, even if the symptoms seem unrelated. A doctor should be consulted as soon as possible if diarrhea persists for more than two days. The following factors may contribute to these symptoms: 

  • Appendicitis

Symptoms associated with this condition are caused by inflammation of the appendix, a small organ that rises from the first part of the colon. Appendicitis typically manifests as a pain around the navel and lower right abdomen. Appendices are located in the lower right abdomen of the body, as part of the digestive system. Low back pain may be caused by appendices that extend beyond the colon. 

  • Kidney Infection 

Generally, kidney infections are types of urinary tract infections (UTIs) that affect the bladder or urethra and spread to the kidneys. Infections of the kidney can permanently damage them. The first thing you should do if you experience sudden back pain accompanied by diarrhea, nausea, and a fever is to visit your pain doctor in Dallas immediately. Additionally, the condition can cause side or pelvic pain, as well as symptoms of an infection with cystitis in the urinary tract. 

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome

There is a worldwide prevalence of Irritable Bowel Syndrome of about 15 percent, according to studies. Symptoms of IBS include diarrhea, constipation, bloating, gas, digestive upset, and lower back pain.

  • Pancreatic Cancer

Even if pancreatic cancer is unlikely to be the cause of your lower back pain and diarrhea, it may be a good idea to keep it on top of your radar, especially if these symptoms are accompanied by weight loss, jaundice, nausea, dark-colored urine, and poor appetite.  

  • Fecal Intestinal Obstruction

When large quantities of hard, dry stool become trapped inside the rectum, the obstruction occurs. An extended period of use of certain laxatives may cause chronic constipation. Constipation produces hard, clumpy stools that are difficult to pass. Upon discontinuation of the laxative, the risk increases. Chronic constipation increases the risk of fecal ileus in the elderly. The onset of this condition is not specific to any particular age group. 

An individual may experience pain and pressure in his or her abdomen and lower back due to feces. You may experience sudden watery diarrhea or fluid leaking from your rectum after a prolonged period of constipation.

Diarrhea and Back Pain: Treatment Options

You should seek medical attention if you suffer from symptoms that don't resolve after a few days. If you are experiencing back pain and diarrhea for the first time and the symptoms are not severe, you may find the following tips helpful in alleviating your symptoms.

  • The lower back may experience pain as a result of an irritated or sore muscle. 

Exercises such as walking and restorative yoga can alleviate back pain caused by irritated muscles.

  • A tension in your body may also lead to lower back pain leading to stiff back as a result of the tension in your body. Epsom salt baths absorb magnesium into the skin, resulting in muscle relaxation. For 20-30 minutes, soak in a hot bath containing 4-5 cups of Epsom salt. 

  • Diarrhea is often accompanied by dehydration, so drink water, unsweetened coconut water, and bone broth to stay hydrated. In cases of severe diarrhea, electrolyte supplements can restore electrolytes and nutrients lost. 

  • You should stick to foods that you can digest such as bananas, unsweetened applesauce, broths, soups, and stews if you suffer from diarrhea. 

  • Eat low-fat and low-spicy foods, and low-fiber foods (especially raw vegetables).

Medical attention should be sought as soon as possible if a person exhibits the symptoms of a kidney infection. Doctors typically prescribe antibiotics in order to treat infections. Patients may need hospitalization, including surgery, if serious complications develop.

Consult Your Physician When

Consult your pain physicians in Dallas like Dr. Muhammad Zulqarnain (Dr. Z) if symptoms do not improve within a few days. If you experience any of the following symptoms, seek emergency medical attention:

  • Pain in the abdomen or back that is severe.

  • Flu-like symptoms 

  • Stools containing blood 

  • The inability to control one's bowels or bladder suddenly 

  • Feeling dizzy or confused for an extended period of time 


It is fairly common to experience lower back pain and diarrhea but they might not be related. Both symptoms may not indicate the presence of an underlying condition. If your symptoms recur or are severe, you should consult your physician. Symptoms such as back pain and diarrhea may not indicate an underlying medical condition. You can find relief under dr ali pain management if diarrhea and back pain persist after trying these at-home approaches.

Dr. Rao K. Ali M.D.

Dr. Rao Ali, a board-certified pain management physician, leads the clinic, which specializes in nonsurgical treatment. The physician has experience in the emergency room as well as training in pain management and rehabilitation. As a personal physician, he works with each patient to develop a treatment plan that will minimize or eliminate their pain. Providing expert diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of conditions, Pain Management In Dallas, PA provides a comprehensive range of services. These services include neck pain, back pain, hip and knee pain, fibromyalgia, neuropathy, complex regional pain syndrome, headaches, migraines, and many others.