Lower Back Pain And Abdominal Pain: Can They Be Related?

lower back and abdominal painWere you shocked when your doctor told you that your abdominal pain has its root in lower back disorder? In rare cases, it has been found that lower back and abdominal pain can be related. To know why and how, read on……..

When lower back pain is the trigger…

Don’t dismiss abdominal pain straightaway as being caused due to gastro-intestinal reasons. If you have been suffering from lower back pain simultaneously, then you need to get your spine checked. It has been observed that disk herniation in the lower spine can cause pain that radiates to the abdomen.

What is disc herniation?

Disk herniation is a condition where the central portion of a disk is abnormally ruptured. Such disc herniation usually occurs between the 4th and 5th Lumbar discs or the 5th Lumbar and 1st Sacral discs. The disk then pokes out and puts undue pressure on the next disc as well as the surrounding nerves.

Various cases where lower back pain could be causing abdominal pain…

In certain severe cases, the pressure on the nerves results in a dull pain that radiates into the anterior and posterior (front and back) parts of your body. This pain can also extend to the groin.

  • If you had a sudden and intense onset of abdominal pain following lower back pain, it most likely is an abdominal aortic aneurysm! This is a dangerous condition! You need to consult your doctor ASAP!

All that you didn’t know about abdominal pain caused by lower back pain…

  • The pain is usually sharp and a little off the centre at the back.
  • The pain in the abdomen is caused by the herniated disc pinching a nerve, and so the resultant pain radiates outwards.
  • The pain would, as a result, be localized on the right side. You would feel it only on one side of your body.

Is it common to feel abdominal pain due to ruptured disks?

No, it is not very common. Occasionally, for certain people, when certain nerves are pinched by the ruptured disk, the pain may radiate to the abdominal region. Remember to first ascertain whether you have any other factors, gastrointestinal, or side effects of any medicines causing the pain in your abdomen.

It may seem unlikely to you, but abdominal pain that you cannot explain in any other way, may be caused by a disorder in the lower back! So go and consult your physician right away before it’s too late!