Cruralgia and constipation: What link?

thigh pain Cruralgia and constipation

La cruralgia and Constipation are two different diseases. However, sometimes we suffer from both at the same time. And this is quite a common case. Thus, one wonders if there is a link between cruralgia and constipation. This point is clarified in this article.

Definitions and anatomical reminders

Cruralgia: what is it?

La cruralgia is a pain associated with nerf cruel. We are also talking about crural neuralgia or sciatica front. It is explained by a compression of the nerve roots called femoral nerve, which gives birth to crural nerve. What generates pains of the thigh, more particularly at its rear face. At worst, these pains can be felt up to the level of the legs.

To better understand, a brief anatomical reminder on the crural nerve will be of great use.

Indeed, the crural nerve is one nerf at a time sensitive et engine. That is to say that it ensures both motor skills and sensitivity of the areas it covers. It draws from its roots in spinal cord, which come out of the spine, more precisely between the 3e and 4e vertebrate lumbar and another between the 4e and 5e to run through the lower limbs. Since it is a mixed nerve, it allows movement and feeling any tenderness in the thighs, legs and feet.

Understanding Constipation

La Constipation as for it is defined by a decrease in the frequency of passing stools, that is to say less than three times a week. In addition, it is also called constipation when there is difficulty passing stools (stools too hard et compact). It may also be associated with poor progression of stools in the large intestine, which affects their evacuation.

As a reminder, before reaching the level of the large intestines, the stool must travel through the digestive tract. This is made up of a system of organs that participate in the food decomposition and nutrient absorption.

It all starts at the level of the mouth. Food enters it, is chewed on it or is crushed mechanically. Saliva helps break down carbohydrates to make them easier to digest. Then, the food resulting from these processes passes from the esophagus to arrive at the level of the stomach inside where the gastric acid breaks down the food. Afterwards, they arrive at the small intestine where take place much of the digestion et nutrient absorption through enzymes and intestinal villi. The rest of this digestion passes to the large intestine where there is absorption of water and electrolytes. What rest constitutes the selles or feces waiting to be evacuated outside during defecation.

So a constipation problem can cause significant problems.

In addition to those we are used to knowing, the Constipation is also manifested by symptoms such as abdominal pain ou pain in the lower limbs.

The causes of cruralgia and constipation

Each of these diseases has their causes respective.

Causes of cruralgia

La compression of the crural nerve can be the consequences of:

  • a herniated disc ;
  • vertebral osteoarthritis;
  • degenerative syndromes of the spine;
  • other mechanical or medical causes: diabetes, obesity, etc.

Causes of Constipation

La Constipation may be due to:

  • supply: especially low in fiber (because it is the latter that improves contraction in the large intestine for the evacuation of stools);
  • water shortage: the stools become harder and difficult to pass;
  • lack of physical activity which reduces the quality of digestion and the proper contraction of the intestines;
  • le stress and other mental problems that affect the digestive system;
  • others lifestyle changes: for example, quitting smoking, which leads to changes in the body.

Cruralgia and constipation: the link

La Constipation is sometimes taken lightly. But in reality, it may lead to more serious health problems insofar as it becomes more complicated. Among his complications figure it cruralgia. Admittedly, it looks very surprising, but it is quite possible.

Indeed, the Constipation can accentuate cruralgia. We explain to you.

  • La constipation promotes muscle tension in the lower back and lower limbs, which accentuates pain in the thighs which can radiate to the legs and feet.
  • La constipation causes stool to build up. Thus, there may be formation of stool pockets in the intestine. This results in a compression of tissues and nerves Around. This explains the aggravation of cruralgia.
  • La Constipation can also cause a overflow of toxins in the intestine, which promotes inflammation and pain felt with the cruralgia.

In addition, the Constipation can lead to several other complications such as back pain, hemorrhoids, rectal prolapse, faecal impaction, etc.

Our advice: what to do?

To avoid aggravation of cruralgia by constipation, here's what to do.

  • Stay hydrated properly: that is to say, it is necessary to ensure that the water supply is sufficient. To do this, it is recommended to drink more than six glasses of water per day or about 1,5 liters.
  • Consume more fiber: favor foods such as cereals, fruits and vegetables. Indeed, the fibers promote the contraction of the intestines, which facilitates the evacuation of stools. Say goodbye to compact and hard saddles.
  • Avoid ultra-processed foods rich in lipids and sugars: they promote constipation and cruralgia.
  • Exercise regularly: the practice of sport promotes digestion and the activity of the organs of the digestive system.
  • Avoid holding your stool: go to the toilet as soon as the urge arises.

Note that the Constipation can happen to anyone. For those who already suffer from cruralgia, it is important to avoid constipation at all costs at the risk of aggravating the pain. The tips presented above are of great help. However, consulting a doctor is always better.

Resources

https://www.lombafit.com/constipation-et-mal-de-dos/

References

https://osteopathie.ooreka.fr/qr/voir/280869/une-cruralgie-crise-ponctuelle-et-violente-peut-elle-etre-occasionnee-par-la-constipation

https://www.ameli.fr/assure/sante/themes/constipation-adulte/definition-symptomes-facteurs-favorisants

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