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Any relation between bowel movement & Degenerative Disc Diso

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I was recently diagnosed with DDD and was explained why I have pain only on the backside and sides from lower back down. It was also explained why the coccyx area hurts due to muscles pulling from DDD.

When I go to the washroom for a bm the pain starts almost instantly afterwards, coccyx area and then from there down all on the backside and sides of my behind and legs.
Is straining causing this? Doctors suspect I have IBS and I am waiting to see a gastroenterologist about this. I just find it odd how it triggers the DDD pain.

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replied February 6th, 2011
Hello, and thanks for your medical question on E Health Forum.

From the history provided it seems that you have symptoms due to pressure on the nerve roots within the vertebral column affected by the DJD (Degenerative joint disease).

These symptoms tend to increase with changes in posture which increase stress on the vertebral column. Sitting position usually aggravates the symptoms. Even straining during bowel movements can increase this pain.

Individuals with stress issues and IBS have a lower pain threshold and can have increased severity of the symptoms of any pain disorder.

You might consider to consult your doctors for an examination and clarification of any persisting your doubts.

I hope this helps.

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