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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17 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

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