Lumbago and constipation: what is the link?

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La lumbago and Constipation are common diseases that can affect anyone at any time. Although the two conditions seem very different, studies suggest thatil there is a connection between them. But which one? Find the answers in this article.

Spine Definition and Anatomy

La spine is the fundamental pillar of the skeleton. It features a stack of bones which subsequently form the axial skeleton. The latter is flexible and resistant at the same time. The primary role of the spine is to protect the spinal cord, the structure from which all the nerves of the body emerge.

In total, the spine matters 33 vertebrae which are stacked on top of each other vertically. The vertebrae are linked by a joint that allows the back to perform movements. Each vertebrate is also stabilized by a ligament and is separated by a disk intervertebral to cushion the shock.

The spine is divided into 5 groups including:

  • the cervical vertebrae which include 7 vertebrae;
  • the thoracic vertebrae with 12 vertebrae;
  • the lumbar vertebrae which contain 5 vertebrae;
  • le sacred which contains 5 vertebrae;
  • le coccyx which has only 4 vertebrae.

The anatomy of the digestive system

Some definitions

Le digestive system means the set of all internal organs that breaks down food in order to synthesize nutrients useful to the body.

The digestion process therefore begins with the mouth and ends with the anus where the waste will be evacuated.

The components of the digestive system

The digestive system is 9 m in length. It is made up of several organs.

The mouth : it is in this part that we begin digestion. Food entering it is chewed up and mixed with saliva. Then, they are helped by the salivary gland to move down to the esophagus.

The esophagus : This is the part that transports food to the stomach. It is also called the throat.

Stomach : it allows the retention of the alimentary bolus and chemical degradation of food

Liver : it secretes bile. It also plays an important role in the digestion of fats and the degradation of toxins.

The pancreas : it is an organ that works closely with the liver. It also secretes enzymes that help eliminate bad fat in food.

The intestines : it is composed of two parts which are the small intestine and the large intestine. The small intestine absorbs most of the nutrients that come from digestion. The large intestine absorbs water and electrolytes. It is in this portion of the intestine that fecal matter is formed.

Understanding Constipation

What is that ?

La Constipation is characterized by a decrease in stool frequency. It is associated with the difficulty of evacuating.

When one is constipated, the digestive system does not function normally. This usually means that the colon is unable to move waste products down to the rectum.

Symptoms of Constipation

The main sign of constipation is decreased bowel movements. This is also sometimes accompanied by other symptoms such as:

  • hard, clot-like stools;
  • pain in the lower abdomen;
  • a bloated feeling with frequent passing of gas;
  • a feeling of nausea;
  • loss of appetite;
  • hemorrhoids;

The causes of constipation

Constipation is a common disease. It can therefore affect anyone. The causes of constipation can be multiple.

An unbalanced diet

Diet is the main factor that causes constipation. Lack of fiber in the body can impair the functioning of the digestive system. And at the same time, dehydration dries out the intestinal walls, which makes the stools hard.

Low physical activity

You should know that physical activity improves intestinal transit. This promotes the descent of stool to the rectum, but also pushes the consumption of water.

Not doing regular physical activity therefore reduces the mobility of the digestive system.

A mental problem

Stress is known to affect the whole organism. It can affect digestion by making the digestive system sluggish and out of order.

Taking certain medications

There are some medications that have constipation as a side effect, since they slow down intestinal transit. The best known are analgesics, cancer drugs, antiepileptics and many more.

Smoking detox

When we quit smoking, our body still begins to get used to this new way of life. This may therefore delay the functioning of the organs.

Back pain

A radiating pain in the back may prevent us from sitting in the toilet for a long time. This will promote the onset of constipation.

Lumbago: what is it?

Le lumbago corresponds to an acute pain which develops at the level of the lumbar vertebrae.

The pathology is mainly responsible for discomfort and intense pain when faced with certain movements or after exercise.

Link between constipation and lumbago

Though it may be insane, it turns out thatil There is indeed a link between lumbago and constipation.

Low back pain: the cause of constipation

As we know, the organs that are found in the abdominal cavity are intimately connected with the spine. All forms of tension that develop at their level can then affect the spine. This is also the case in reverse.

Lower back pain can lead to constipation. especially when the pain intensifies. Indeed, the presence of pain in the lower back makes the urge to go to the bathroom less frequent. It can also block the rectum when the spine no longer holds in place.

Constipation: an aggravating factor in low back pain

Constipation can create muscle tension in the abdominal region. This can accentuate the pain felt in the lower back.

It causes the formation of stool pockets in the intestines. These sometimes cause pressure on nearby nerves which can have repercussions in the back.

It also causes toxin buildup. Stools are waste that must be evacuated. Some are even composed by parasites. Once not evacuated, the microbes can be absorbed by the intestinal tissues and accentuate the pain in the lower back.

Constipation treatment

Adopt a healthy lifestyle

It is important to follow a balanced diet in order to improve intestinal transit.

To do this, you must drink at least 1.5 liters of water per day. Also eat fiber-rich foods such as legumes, fruits, and certain grains like oats. Sticky foods should be kept away.

It is also important to practice physical activity to boost the digestive system.

take laxatives

There are medications designed to treat constipation. These are laxatives, which quickly relieve and free the intestines. But be aware that you should seek the advice of your doctor before taking it since it exists in various types and cannot be taken regularly.

Resources

https://www.lombalgie.fr/comprendre/anatomie-de-la-colonne-vertebrale/

References

https://www.optifibre.fr/nos-conseils/constipation/constipation-et-douleurs-quel-lien

https://www.osteopathe-mours.fr/2017/06/24/osteopathie-et-lumbago-lombalgie/#:~:text=Origine%20visc%C3%A9rale%20du%20lumbago,de%20la%20colonne%2C%20et%20inversement.

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