14 thoughts on “Can Pinched Nerve Cause Constipation

  1. What would cause stabbing pains in my lower left abdomen?
    I had a hysterectomy a year and a half ago and they removed everything but my cervix. I had a lot of cysts. I am experiencing stabbing pains in my lower left abdomen and was wondering if this should be any to worry about?

    • I’m sorry to hear you’re in so much pain,
      You specifically contacted me to ask if I could help with this question, but I work mostly with gastroenterology…although I used to work with GYN oncology.

      On the GI front:
      -You’re on the wrong side for appendicitis.
      -obstructed gas or constipation–ask yourself if you’ve been having normal bowel movements. If you haven’t, do whatever you are comfortable with to deal with that (add fiber to your diet, or take a mild laxative). If that increases the pain and/or is not productive, go to a doctor right away–it might mean that although you weren’t particularly “at risk” your intestine became obstructed (highly unlikely).
      -Reconsider them recent alterations to your diet. Increased consumption of sugar substitues like maltitol, often used in sugar free candy, can cause stabbing pain from cramping, gas, bloating.
      -A GI infection–perhaps Diverticulitis (where things get stuck in little pockets in your intestine) especially if you have a fever; C-Diff, Parasites, Salmonella, especially if you have diarrhea.

      Ultimately I think your solution is at your GYN:
      I think it’s more likely you have adhesions, a complication of abdominal surgery. Abdominal adhesions are fibrous little strings of scar tissue that bind one region of the abdomen to another. When you move they pull and tear or tear tissue and can cause significant pain. They can be laproscopically cut. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to find the ones causing the most pain. GYN and GI surgery commonly cause adhesions, and it is difficult to predict who will get them. The pain described is usually sharp. If the pain becomes progressive, the adhesion could be wrapping around a blood supply to something (most commonly an ovary, which you don’t have), which is an emergency.

      Since you didn’t have symptomatic endometriosis before your hysterectomy, I doubt you have it now. But if you are on hormone replacement therapy, it could cause it to become symptomatic–and different women experience different effects on their endometriosis from HRT. Normally endometriosis would be cyclic pain, but on HRT, I don’t know. This is something else you could discuss with your GYN.

      If a visit with a GYN doesn’t pay off, try a general physician and see if he/she thinks it merits a trip to a GI or suggests something else…maybe a pinched nerve of some sort?

      Of course, if you are in any situation where you think you might be having an emergency, be safe, not sorry–go to the ER, and only use the internet for information, not as your doctor!
      Good luck and feel better.

  2. yesterday had a severe pain in right side of the abdomen parallel to navel.pain got worse with time.?
    had an ultrasound done,but nothing came in.doctor suggested for another ultrasound and in the mean time gave a pain killer.pain subsided and i havent gone in for second ultrasound.but low grade fever has started now.also having constipation from many days.

    • Have you been having any back pains at all? It sounds like you have pinched muscles in your back for they can press on the nerves of the other organs to mess them up and put them into pain. When the muscles are pinched they pull the spine together and that causes the pinched muscles to be able to press on the nerves when they leave the spine. When it’s on the stomach nerves it will make the brain think that you just ate and the brain sends in more acid for digestion. Once there isn’t any food left to digest the acid starts working on the lining of the stomach and that is very painful, the pain I think you had the other day. Now there are nerves for your colon being pressed on which is causing the colon to contract itself and not allow you to go to the bathroom. Once you release the muscles in your back these pains and problems should correct themselves. Here’s how to release your back muscles:
      (do from a sitting position)
      Place your left hand on your left leg next to your body. Place your right hand over your left shoulder and find the muscles next to your spine and firmly press on them and hold. After 30 seconds slowly lower your body forward and to the outside of your left leg, keeping your left arm fairly straight as you do. When you reach your lap remain there for another 10 seconds, release the pressure but rest there for another 30 seconds. Then reverse your hand positions and do your right side.
      For best results relax your body first by taking a deep breath and exhaling, then remain this relaxed.

  3. Is cayenne pepper good to aid in digestion?
    I have frequent digestion issues and I heard that cayenne pepper is good for this. I burp a lot and have GERD as well as IBS and don’t have a gallbladder anymore. I have lost weight, quit smoking, and started getting lots of healthy foods into my system yet I still have digestive issues it seems…any help is appreciated, if you know any other herbs, flower essences, or anything natural that can help it would be a great.

    • Cayenne, or Chilli peppers, contain capsaicin, a phytonutrient that dissolves blood clots, opens air passages, acts as an expectorant and decongestant, and helps prevent emphysema, bronchitis, and stomach ulcers… Capsaicin may alleviate headaches when inhaled and jiont pain when injected… Hot paprika is a natural aspirin… Hot peppers in foods speed up metabolism, which burns calories… they also contain antibacterial and antioxidant capabilities… a pinch of cayenne, sipped in warm water, helps relieve symptoms of chest congestion.

      Cayenne is an excellent blood thinner, stimulates blood flow improving circulation and is excellent for the Circulatory System. Because cayenne is such a rich source of vitamin K – a blood coagulant, it can stop bleeding very quickly. Aids Acid Indigestion and the digestive System too.It is also good for resolving pain–Particularly in the lumbar region and Speeds Metabolic Rate

      So likely, as a bandaid affect it would work ……. i would suggest that you need to get to the source of your problem and find out what it causing the bad digestion.

      Ditch the milk and dairy products i say …….. many many people find it extremely hard to digest lactose contained in milk and dairy products……….. i would hazard a guess that is what’s at the root of your excessive belching, burping and “IBS” issues ……. IBS really is just a b.s. name Doctors made up because they really aren’t trained to pinpoint and diagnose food intolerances and allergies.

      pump up your intake of fresh fish such as salmon and tuna and leafy and green vegies like celery, buk choy, broccolli, kale chard & fresh fruits~ all rich in calcium….. the fish is rich in both calcium and vitamin D and magnesium …. which are all essential for calcium’s effective absorption……… ditch the pre packaged and junky type foods and try to base your meals around foods that you have prepared yourself …. fresh from God’s table….. living vital healthy fresh fruits and vegies, lean meats and fishes, organic nuts and seeds like almonds, brazil nuts and sunflower seeds, wholegrains and cereals like brown rice, quinoa (pronounced keen-wah), buckwheat, peas beans and lentils….. nuture your precious vitality and do your best to wean right off the packaged foods ……. if you eat any ……. but do it slowly so that the detox isn’t nasty.

      The calcium found in vegies and fruits has a greater impact on bone health than calcium from dairy products anyways…. a study published in The Americal Journal of clinical nutrition (2002) found that a high intake of vegies and fruits has a positive impact on bone health, but dairy did not.

      Dairy products contain animal proteins, which speed the elimination of calcium from the body and make it more acidic. This can cause calcium to leach from the bones and cause problems with magnesium (essential for healthy nerve and muscle functioning and for heart health ~ known as the antistress mineral) absorption, leading to osteoporosis. In addition, we absorb only 30 percent of the calcium found in milk, compared to 40 to 70 percent of the calcium found in vegies and fruits.

      pretty disturbing actually when you consider the way the milk and dairy industry pump us with their commercials to drink more milk !!

      Cow’s milk contains proteins that are difficult for humans to digest; when these undigested proteins enter the lower digestive system, they putrefy and cause digestive problems. Dairy products encourage the production of excess mucus in the body, burdening the respiratory, digestive and immune systems. Not surprisingly, when you ditch the milk and dairy people more often than not experience markedly fewer colds and sinus & respiratory infections.

      Lactose intolerance can cause acid reflux, alternating bouts of constipation & diahorrea and will also lead to a compromised digestive system thus laying the groundwork for a body which is extremely susceptible to developing nose, throat, sinus, ear, bronchial, bladder and other infections as well……. Other symptoms of lactose intolerance are mucous in the stools, bloating and cramping, digestive troubles such as constipation, excessive belching and burping, gassiness and wet f*arting (sorry, no other way to say it), ribbony and stringy shaped bowel movements or rabbit pellet shaped movements are all symptoms of lactose intolerance. ………… do you also suffer from insomnia, achy bones, bloating constipation, headaches and migraines, irritability and moodiness and nasty mood swings??? if so this is because by continuing to ingest foods to which you are intolerant ie ~ milk and dairy …… your body cannot digest them thus inhibiting calcium’s (amongst others) absorption.

      Please ensure that if you decide to supplement that it doesn’t contain any lactose, wheat, yeast, gluten, preservatives or flavorings, sugar or yeast as none of these have any place in a good quality supplement anyways.

      Also, take a good quality probiotic powder supplement ……. get one that is “Dairy Free” to ensure effective digestion and one that is in a powdered form and needs refridgeration ……. take it before your main meals as this will help with the digestive process by encouraging the growth of beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract …. probiotics will help to recolonise the beneficial bacteria in your gut …… it will also help maintain optimal intestinal pH, which, in turn, helps with complete digestion…… probiotics will increase the absorption of minerals, such as calcium, magnesium and sometimes iron too….. they also produce some of the B vitamins, including biotin, niacin, folic acid, pantothenic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6…… the B vitamins are essential for healthy neural, digestive and immune system functioning.

      You have only vibrant health & vitality to gain by ditching the milk and dairy products mate …………. i sincerely do wish you the very best of health & vitality.

      oh, kudos to you buddy 4 quitting the cigarrettes and taking control of your health and vitality !!! CoNgRaTuLaTiOnS !!!

      i just know that if you try ditching the milk and dairy and focusing on fresh healthy green green vegies and fresh foods you’ll conquer this …… i’m lactose intolerant, coeliac, severely soy intolerant and intolerant to processed sugar and a plethora of chemicals and “preservatives” they use in our packaged food ….. so, yeah, don’t feel bad …. if i can conquer it anybody can hey.

      have a great day.

      peace baby

  4. What are some massage techniques for getting rid of headaches and migraines?
    My boyfriend gets frequent headaches and we don’t know the cause. I was looking for some massage techniques that I would be able to use to help relieve his problems (headaches, migraines, sinus’) Thanks! :]

    • There are 13 major points behind the neck. They are

      One at the joint between the occiput and the neck in centre
      Three of them one inches apart at the place where the cranium joins the neck (behind the head) on the left side.
      Three of them one inches apart at the place where the cranium Joins the neck (behind the head) on the right side.
      Another three each of them perpendicular and parrelel to the neck (behind the neck) on both sides of the virtebral colomn passing through the neck.

      Press all these points very midly and delicately for two minutes each or less. There will be pain on these points. Mild and careful pressure will remove the pain and the headache or migraine will also go away. Also massage the two shoulders which will be stiff. There are few points on them also which can relieve the head ache.

      Few chances of migrain:

      1. Problems with Cervical /Spine/Spondylosis and the like.
      2. Stress on spine.
      3. Posture problem or continued sitting on computer etc for a very long time in awkward posture.
      4. Acidity/liver/stomach origin.
      5. Sinus/Eye origin.
      6. Serious reasons in the head itself.
      7. Alcohol/Tea/Coffee/Drugs (withdrawal symptoms)
      8. Associated with other major or minor illness of the body.
      9. Neurological/Congestive.
      10. High or Low blood pressure.
      11. Other reasons like associated with the exposure to Sun/exposure to cold wind etc.
      12. Gastric.

      For migraines due to Sinus press the finger tips of all fingers. Use Allium Cepa 30 three doses a day for one day followed by Natrum Mur 200 one dose a day for three days.

      For Acidity use Nux Vomica 30 three doses a day for one day followed by Arsenic Album 30 three doses a day for one day.

      For headache due to indigestion in particular of Oil/Ghee, use Pulsatilla 30 three doses a day for one and repeat whenever necessary. Do not use pulsatilla in females during menstruation.

      Fore headache from eye sight. Check with the doctor and wear appropriate glasses first. Then press on the orbit of the eyes very mildly and carefully with the tip of the fingers in clockwise and anticlockwise direction. Pinch the eyebrows from centre towards the end carefully few times. Press on both sides of the eyes and at the centre of the eyebrows (if centre of eyebrows invoke nausea then stop doing that.)

      For Gastric headaches. May have to use medicines according to symptoms. Carbo Veg., Natrum Phos, Arsenicum Album, Argentum Nitricum, Lycopodium, and many other medicines have to be checked according to symptoms.

      For continued sitting on computer. Use one dose of Rhus Tox 1M (two globules) once in a week.

      For spondylosis with nausea while travelling in bus and sun allergy on face :
      1 dose of Rhus Tox 1 M (2 globules) to start with. Next day onwards use Cocculus Indicus 30 three times a day for three days ( one dose is three globules to five globules).

      For Liver origin : Use Chionanthus Q for a long time three times a day 5 drops in one ounce of water. This will help in breaking the habit of periodical all kinds of headaches.

      For head : According to symptoms and under doctors supervision.

      For alcohol/Tea etc.etc. Use 1 single dose of Nux Vomica 30, if it does not relieve within few hours, use Sulphur 30 one single dose.

      Use accupressure on the hands on points indicated for stomach, sinus, brain nerves, pituitary glands, penial glands, throat, napes of neck, vertebrae, constipation, liver etc. If the points are not known, generally press on all parts on the front side of the palm/soles of feet and wherever pain is felt, keep pressing for maximum of two minutes a day. Pressing should be done gently and not to damage any nerves or organs. Press only upto the point where pain is registered, in other words do not press to give pain to the patient. Press the centre of both hands and feet at the reflex point of kidney to activate the kidney to remove the toxins accumulated.

  5. what is causing my back and ribs to hurt so much?
    All right this has been happening to me for a few days. I’ve been hurting all over my ribs and back. It made me sick to my stomach and i couldn’t stop crying because of it. My mom tells me it could be constipation, or excess gas backed up inside of my body. Can someone please tell me whats going on, and how i can relieve my pain. I’ve been taking ibuprofen for it and i’m trying my hardest to tough it out but some time’s the pain gets worse where i end up screaming because it hurts so bad.

    • Have you done any strenuous exercises lately because that could be causing it if you pulled a muscle or twisted in some way that caused your back and ribs to be out of place.
      If so you might need to see a chiropractor to get your back adjusted and that will take away the pain right away.

      If you do have a lot of gas for some reason, ibuprofen will not help because that is only an
      anti-inflammatory pill and it will only work on muscle pains usually and fevers things like that. If it is gas you will need something to relieve the gas. Maybe you should try that first and see how you feel afterward. Try Gas-X or Tums or Walmart sells an Equate brand called Extra strength Gas Relief which works really well. Gas pain can hurt really bad and it could be that I know since I have had it really bad sometimes and it almost made me cry too but the gas pills really helped.

      But since you said it has been happening for a few days I really think you must have pulled a muscle or popped a rib out of place maybe, because gas Usually does not last for several days. Because your bones are connected to nerves that go to different spots in your body if your back is out that would also explain the sick to the stomach feeling you are getting because your lower ribs in the back go behind the stomach and the nerves could be pinched and be affecting the stomach too.

      Constipation should Not make you back or ribs hurt at all so I don’t think it is that at all. Constipation could make you sick to your stomach if you are really backed up but it won’t affect your back or ribs. I should know because I had it pretty bad when I was pregnant and it never affected my back. It just made me feel bloated and uncomfortable that was all aside from not being able to go. So I am assuming that you are not constipated since you would definitely know if you could not go to the bathroom.

      That’s why I really think you must have pulled a muscle or hurt your back somehow. Think about what you did right before you got all this pain. That should help you to figure out if it really is your back that is hurt.

      Then if it is get to a Chiropractor right away before it gets any worse. Also if you have any Epsom Salts (if not you can get them at the supermarket) pour them into a warm bath and soak in it for about a half and hour and if it is a pulled muscle that will help to relieve the pain and it will relax you so you can rest and heal.

      I hope that helps. Best wishes!

  6. Does anyone know what type of food would help with Restless leg syndrome? I heard diet can help?

    Do you do anything that really helps? The only thing that works for me is walking up and down stairs a few times, but it is only temp.

    • Have a peek at this link buddy, it may be usefull 4 u.

      ~ http://www.restlesslegsyndromecure.com/cause.html

      Basically, it revolves around magnesium and the vitamin B3 (which is part of the B complex of vitamins) being in short supply in your body.

      foods rich in magnesium are ~ leafy and green vegies, fresh cold water fishes such as tuna, sardines, salmon and whiting and wholegrain breads and cereals and organic nuts and seeds ~ organic to avoid the nasty sulfites and chemicals they use to “preserve” the commercial varieties of nuts and seeds that may upset sensitive bodies.

      magnesium is needed in our bodies for healthy nerve and muscle functioning and of course for heart health ……. when our bodies become deficient in it then it simply gets leached from our bones, which hold the greatest stores of magnesium … hence twitching, pinching sensations may also occur along with the restless legs .. foods rich in magnesium will also help resolve any issues with constipation you may have………. magnesium is known as the antistress mineral and foods rich in magnesium will help you deal with the everyday stressy bits of life a bit better…. if you choose to supplement with magnesium go for an amino acid chelated magnesium powder which is the easiest for the human body to assimilate ….. you can get it from your local Health Food Store for around $40.00AUD per bottle …. Sandra Cabot (Author of The healthy Liver & Bowel Book and many others) endorses one that’s pretty good.

      As far as vitamin B3 goes ……. get a B complex including all the B’s as they all work best as a group ie ~ B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and B12 and folic acid etc…… don’t buy any of the B complex of vitamins individually but rather as a whole group unless a nutritionally oriented physician or naturopath tells you to do so ………….. a liquid B complex supplement would be the easiest for your body to assimilate.

      Try to cut back on the B vitamin thieves such as coffee and tea and ditch the alcohol, sodas and soft drinks too (if you drink any of them) as not only will they rob you of your B vitamins but they will also dehydrate you terribly.

      Oher things that will rob you of your precious B complex of vitamins are :- stress, eating too much protein, eating too much tinned food, laxatives and diuretics, antiobiotics, antidepressants, penicillin, prednisone and aspirin, otc cold and flu medicines.

      When you take your daily B complex please be aware that vitamin B12 needs vitamin B6 (included in a multi supplement B complex), calcium and vitamin D to be effectively absorbed………. vitamin D is known as the sunshine vitamin, so simply get 10 – 15 minutes per day of safe sun exposure and calcium rich foods are ~ leafy and green vegies, tofu, sardines, kale, broccoli, collard greens, salmon and tuna …… salmon and tuna are cold water fishes which are also a rich source of magnesium & vitamin D(known as the antistress mineral) .

      Sorry that was so loong but you need to know all this buddy.

      peace & luv 2 ya


  7. Can a pinched nerve in the back cause constipation?
    I have had a spot in my back that has been staying numb for about a year or so. The neuro seems to think it is a sciatic nerve problem. Anyway I normally have no problem when it comes to using the restroom, but for about six months it has been terrible, and I would like to know if this could be the cause of constipation.

    • YES, Your neurosurgeon will tell you that this and lack of bowel control or urinary incontinence can be a symptom of low back problems. I would suggest that you have an MRI done of your lumbar spine to determine if there is nerve impingement. Also if you are on pain medication for any reason they also slow down the digestion process through the intestines and may cause constipation. I am a radiology technologist and am familiar with this topic.

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