Lower Back Pain Radiating to Front Intestinal Area

lower right abdominal painMany people suffer from lower back pain, and to make matters worse, back pain and stomach pain often go hand in hand. About 75% of people who suffer from consistent back pain also suffer from stomach pain, and often have a history of stomach or intestinal issues.

There are many reasons as to why you may experience stomach pain along with back pain, some involving back problems, stomach disorders, or even psychological issues.

A back injury or injury to the spine can cause pain to radiate in the abdomen. Also, a pinched nerve can not only cause pain to the entire area served by that nerve, but it can also cause various stomach functioning problems as well. The abdominal muscles and back muscles work very closely with each other, so any muscular back pain can also become muscular abdominal pain.

There are a variety of gastro-intestinal problems that can directly relate to any lower back pain you might be having as well. Inflammation of the colon, or colitis, is very often associated with lower back pain. Irritable bowel syndrome or various inflammatory bowel diseases like ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease can also be the culprits for persistent back pain. Often, these will present themselves with back pain associated with abdominal pain and symptoms involving discomfort or dysfunction in the intestinal tract and stomach. Symptoms such a diarrhea, stomach cramps, constipation, gas, and bloating will typically appear, signaling a problem with bowel habits and digestive function.

Conditions involving the bowels and intestinal tract should be consulted with a doctor, specifically a gastro-intestinal specialist. He may recommend a colonoscopy procedure to determine the actual cause of pain and discomfort. Medical treatments could include anti-inflammatory drugs, a combination of antibiotics and other drugs depending on if infection is present, intravenous treatments, or even surgery depending on the severity. Simpler at-home treatments include over the counter medications to ease discomfort associated with diarrhea and constipation, eating a diet high in fiber, and keeping yourself hydrated with plenty of liquids. A heating pad may also help ease the back and abdominal pain.

Stress and emotional issues can often cause what is called psychological back pain, meaning the pain is directly related to the severe stress felt by the patient, for whatever reason. Oftentimes, this pain can transfer to the abdomen and stomach, causing distress and sensitive stomach due to a patient worrying or becoming stressed over their undiagnosed back pain. This often becomes a frustrating and unbearable combination for some, as it is a never ending cycle of stress and pain. Ulcers are one of the best examples of such a phenomenon. Ulcers have been discovered to be stress-related, and it is found that once patients learn to relax and manage their stress-inducing issues in life, that they stopped developing frequent ulcers.

Even simple problems like heartburn, constipation, acid reflux, and diarrhea can be culprits in causing back pain in conjunction with abdominal pain. All of those can be treated with a change in diet and over the counter (or sometimes prescription for the more severe cases) medications. Remember that a combination of back and stomach pain can mean a serious condition, so checking with a doctor is always the first step.

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Jesse Cannone, CFT, CPRS, MFTPain Relief Expert, Post Rehab Specialist.

Jesse is the co-founder and visionary CEO of The Healthy Back Institute®, the world-leading source of natural back pain solutions. His mission as a former back pain sufferer is to help others live pain free without surgery and pharmaceuticals.

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24 thoughts on “Lower Back Pain Radiating to Front Intestinal Area”

  1. Lila Choulat says:

    This was a most helpful (more than the doctors) article. It explained so much about the problems I have AND what to do about it! I also viewed the video about muscle imbalance and pain. I have a REAL PROBLEM: I have a rod in right leg cannot bend at all. Do not know what exercises or ??? to try to be pain-free and walk as normally as possible. Right now I would qualify for a part in “The Walking Dead” as a zombie. Not joking.
    Can you help me?

  2. Admin says:

    Hi Lila,

    We are glad that you found the article useful to you. We appreciate your question and would like to suggest our free back pain book -The 7 Day Back Pain Cure which has information regarding different treatment options. It also covers pain relief methods plus other useful aspects to help. You can find out more via the link below


    Thank you
    Admin (The Healthy Back Institute)

  3. Badal ravin says:

    Good morning i have back pain for the last 2 month ,further more its very painfull to my left hand according to the mouvement made by my nec n head.your advise is very useful,please guide me,thanks regards ravin

  4. Admin says:

    Hi Badal,

    Thank you for your comment and question. We would like to suggest you get yourself a copy of our free back pain book -The 7 Day Back Pain Cure which has information regarding pain relief methods, different treatment options and other useful aspects to help. You can find out more via the link below


    Thank you
    Admin (The Healthy Back Institute)

  5. Judy says:

    This was very useful information I have all these symptoms. I have been in severe pain for months.I will get my self checked out by the doctor.
    Thank you

  6. Joe Legeckis says:

    I’ve had back surgery years ago consisting of rods and screws L4-L5 and fusion. For the past four months have had discomfort from low to high in the lower abdomen and pelvic regions. Have had every gastrointestinal test done with no results. Also discomfort in the back area near the surgery at the same time. . I was wondering if the back pain could be the cause of the discomfort in the abdominal region. Never thought to connect the two areas. Thanks.

  7. Viviane tawer says:

    Hi, finally i know what is my problem thanks to your article. It’s been now more than 9 years that i have back pain and front abdomen pain, all over. My doctors didn’t find anything but my l4 and l5 problem and they didn’t mention the relation between these two problems. Now i am relieved

  8. Anonymous says:

    I had a ruptured disc (L4-L5) back in 2005. Last MRI 3 years ago showed bulging discs in 4 different areas in my upper back. Also mild scoliosis. Always have upper and lower back pain and the abdominal problems have just gotten worse over the years. So after reading this it looks as if these issues could be related. Which type of Dr. should I schedule with and address these issues? I’m 47 and feel 97 some days.

  9. Mary P. says:

    I’ve had lower back/abdominal pain/aching for a few weeks. I have degenerative disc disease, scoliosis and had an ulcer over 20 yrs ago. I had a speghelian(not sure the spelling is correct) hernia repair 2012. Plus I’ve been a caregiver to my 91 yr old sister in law for 8 2/2 yrs who is almost totally blind and has dementia. My husband had a hip replacement a yr ago,then had a stroke 11 months ago. So being a 24/7 caregiver with little help has worn me out physically and emotionally. I do have acid reflux, heartburn, arthritis and fibromyalgia. I only take Advil once in a while. I have hypothyroidism which is controlled by Synthroid. I use RX inhalers for adult onset asthma as well. Sooo, I have a physical coming up next week. It sounds like I’m falling apart and after ‘re-reading this I’m amazed that I’m doing as well as I can, for today anyway! Any suggestions?

  10. steve says:

    Mary P. Back Pain aside for a moment…

    As an only child, have been taking care of my mother for 3 yrs now and yes it hard, it tedious and it yes it is killing me, however, it is the meaning of my life right now…

    and if you want to feel better about your current situation, I can not stress enough that you read
    Mans-Search-Meaning By: Viktor-Frankl it will help you, in how you look at your life, in this moment in time.;


  11. Josephine King says:

    For the last 8 days I’ve suffered severe pain in lower back when trying to stand.This has happened a few times over the last 5 years. The pain is much more severe this time and my front pelvis area hurts which has never happened before. Should I be concerned? Thank you

  12. Admin says:

    Hi Josephine,
    Thank you for explaining your pain. We would like to suggest you get yourself a copy of our free back pain book -The 7 Day Back Pain Cure which has suggestions and information regarding pain relief methods for you to try. It also includes different treatment options that you can consider, information about the back and other useful aspects to help. You can learn more about the book and its contents via the link below


    Thank you
    Admin (The Healthy Back Institute)

  13. Joe Balunis says:

    Had bad back pain one day. Went away soon after, but not before a lot of discomfort. Then one evening at work, blood in the urine. Went to my doctor, and was told to see a Urologist. After an examination, and a CatScan, it was revealed I had a kidney stone, bouncing around making blood in the urine. It stopped moving, so I had an Ultrasound to break the Kidney stone apart. For two years after, no pain. Now pain is back. I recommend seeing a Urologist to rule out back pain, by having a kidney stone.

  14. nirmal says:

    I am suffering froh Moving pain. earlier IT was only in My Neck nur last year IT spread to My Upper back i went to Doctor, in Test i had serious deficience of Vitamin d He write some Tablet and i am taking them for the last 4 Months, and today i feel lower back pain with stomach pain in left side and yes as i told its Moving pains IT move bw Neck and back and when IT is paining in one Part other Parts are pain Free (i am Student age18 thin Body, study for 12 hours Daily Please help)

  15. Admin says:

    HI Nirmal,

    We would like to suggest you get a copy of our free back pain book -The 7 Day Back Pain Cure. It has information regarding pain relief methods and treatment options you can consider. It has other useful information you will find helpful as well. Please read more about the book and its contents via the link below


    Thank you
    Admin (The Healthy Back Institute)

  16. Bette Vance says:

    I have a broken back. I had metal put in my back but it had to be removed due to infection. Since then I have hsd a great deal of trouble with my stomach.All the tests I have had do not reveal what the problem is. My stomach is just so tight when I eat so much so that it shuts off my breathing. No pain is involved. It has crippled my life as no one can help me. I thought maybe my stomach problems are due to the pain and pressure I get in my lower back. Can you help me.

  17. Steve says:

    Bette, please understand that there is no way for us to asses or diagnosis what and why you are having your stomach pain/problems…

    Please seek and consult the appropriate medical professionals to be able to get a specific diagnosis including the underlying root cause and then you can begin to work on an appropriate solution.

    Steve HBI-Staff

  18. Gregory says:

    Glad I came across this it explained a lot that I relate to. First I’ll say I been a nurse aide for over 30 years barriatric, and life support patients so no need to explain after that many years my back has taken a toll. Several back injuries from lifting through those years , I have been out of nursing for 3 years but had bed bound husband for 9 months until he had 4 discs replaced in his neck during that time lifting him I pulled my back once again. Year later my lower back pain intense’s after even 20 feet of walking requiring many stops breaks. My right leg tingles then feels warm then goes numb from below hip to side of knee cap on outside of leg to top part of thigh after walking sometimes never most times happens. Then severe muscle spasms in belly and sides of lower back legs and feet toes at times to. But the muscle spasms are drop ya to the floor twisting and crying and at times so severe I throw up. I have had 3 kids so bladder has seen better days with sneezing coughing accidents but now it’s wee wee wee tinkling more often and never go without wearing a pad. I have irritable bowel but no my trigger foods but the spasms and pain sometimes the stress trigger’s a immodium kind of day. Been seen by family doctor they thought spasms OK must be from statin lipitor took me off switched me to stavastatin in Oct 2016 had a muscle damage test done from long term muscle spasms came back OK. So now the spasms are slowly getting worse. Have mentioned the lower back pain and leg numbness on occasion if walking to long but the back.pain has never been looked into by means of x rays or mri nothing I just feel some days drained and beat with a stick after these spasms I won’t even drive no more because it’s unsafe it’s that bad I mean bathing toileting bending twisting getting into car passenger seat tying my shoe about anything can trigger these spasms and since 7 days now during a emergency care visit been put on co-codamol 1000mg every 4 hoirs as needed and diazepan 5 mg 3x day as needed and OK so I sleep a lot and yes helps a bit but not stopping the problem. I just cry feeling how do I address this so they actually say what is wrong. I have had a endoscopy done Feb said no ulcers. I just feel frustrated it’s like they want to focus on one symptom not all to determine the causing factor. How do I handle this any advice will be greatly appreciated.

  19. Natalia says:

    Hi, i have been told by doctors that I have siatica as not been able to find anything else wrong after having scans at the hospital. I get bad lower back pain especially when I stand for too long or am tired but now it is getting alot more frequent & pain round my sides & lower stomache. Also sharp pains in lower stomache, bloated & feeling sick! I am booked in for blood tests & a pelvis X-ray soon but am very worried & getting very stressed as much Mum has just been diagnosed with overian cancer.

  20. Admin says:

    Hi Natalia, We suggest you get a copy of our free back pain book -The 7 Day Back Pain Cure. It will help you understand back pain and sciatica better. It has lots of information about back pain, pain relief methods for you to try, information and education about the back you will find interesting and treatment options you can consider. It has a lot of other useful information you will find helpful as well. Please read more about the book and its contents via the link below.


    Thank you
    Admin (The Healthy Back Institute)

  21. Virginia says:

    I have this pain that I experience lately it comes as soon as I think of going to ER or the doctor it disappears. It starts from lower middle back straight/through lower abdomen I find myself trying to hold both sides while I am also trying to find a better way to sit because when it comes it comes with a bang I can’t sit straight or even stand when I have it but it last for +/-5 minutes then it’s gone. I am wondering if colitis and gastritis is the cause for this excruciating pain.

  22. Steve says:

    Virginia, We have to suggest to you to, please consult your physician on this a matter as only they can give you a proper diagnosis, no one over the internet can answer that for you…

    Steve HBI-Staff

  23. Prabha Kumathe says:

    My spouse has had some muscular pain on the leftabdomen / back muscles. Has been undiagnosed. MRI/CAT scan gave no results. All his organs are normal.
    Sciatica detected and working on it. Are we on the right path

  24. Prabha, There is no way for us to know if you are on the right path and there is no way for us to know if you even have sciatica…

    but you do bring up a good point, MRI/CAT scan giving no results is very common as muscle imbalance and postural dysfunctions don’t show up on scans… That is why both visual and physical assessments need to be done, to truly get at the root cause of why people have back pain.


    Steve HBI Staff

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