Can back pain be associated with bowel movement? PLEASE HELP!

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Can back pain be associated with bowel movement? PLEASE HELP!

by Frandrick on Mon Feb 11, 2008 12:00 AM

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Hi -

I recently posted for my husband who's been having really bad lower back pain.  This has been going on for weeks now.  He recently had a cat scan done and his oncologist said they didn't find anything unusual or that can be related to his back pain.  So he prescribed his vicodine.  These help only for a little while and my husband doesn't really like to take pain med if he can bare the pain as this constipates him.  Also he noticed that the back pain comes right after he uses the bathroom for bowel movement.  He had a colon surgery last August and has gone through 4 rounds of chemo.  Has anyone else experienced this pain.  He also has lower abdomen pain.  Please help and let me know if this should be something we should be alarmed about. 

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by WhiskersMom on Mon Feb 11, 2008 12:00 AM

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I too have had lower back pain. It usually occurs after chemo and during certain bowel movements as I have had a problem with constipation. The only thing that usually helps with the pain is a heating pad or heating patch. My doctor said that the back pain could be due to the chemo or straining during bowel movements. Hope this helps.

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by Frandrick on Mon Feb 11, 2008 12:00 AM

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How long did your back pain lasts?  My husband hasn't had chemo since last July, but often goes to the bathroom alot.  He thinks the back pain is coming from straining when he uses the bathroom.  He goes quiet often since his colon surgery.  Do you also get pain around your hips?

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by WhiskersMom on Mon Feb 11, 2008 12:00 AM

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On 2/11/2008 Frandrick wrote:

How long did your back pain lasts?  My husband hasn't had chemo since last July, but often goes to the bathroom alot.  He thinks the back pain is coming from straining when he uses the bathroom.  He goes quiet often since his colon surgery.  Do you also get pain around your hips?


My back pain usually lasts all day long unless I use a heating pad and then the pain will go away within a few hours. I had part of my colon removed and my surgeon told me I would have more bowel movements than usual. He also said that my stool would be loose, however neither one has been true. I am still receiving chemo, one more treatment to go, and it makes me quite constipated. I have back pain after a bowel movement sometimes and my oncologist said it is probably from straining and told me to take a stool softener 3 times a day. When I get the back pain it is in my lower back and the hip area. Sometimes it is really bad and I can hardly walk until I use a heating pad or patch. I was told that once you finish chemo that it should be out of your system within 1 month. However, the damage that it may have caused can last for months. Hope this helps.

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by Frandrick on Mon Feb 11, 2008 12:00 AM

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But my husband hasn't had chemo since July of last year.  He had his colon surgery last August.  I think you're right, it's from all the straining when he uses the bathroom.  But he said he's not constipated, he has loose stools.  It's just that he goes often.  Anything he eats, he runs to the bathroom.  I feel so sorry for him, he can't sleep at night and sometimes can't walk either because it's hurting so bad.

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by Arnold on Mon Feb 11, 2008 12:00 AM

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I would go to my oncologist and request a ct/pet scan -this is the only way to be sure.  The fact that it could mean a recurrence (as mine did after one year of NED) is very important. If it is recurrence, pain killers could only mask the problem. I would not hesitate.  I have had surgery, radiation, oral chemo (Xeloda) in December.  The last PET scan  last week showed a reduction to one half size the oroginal tumor (1/12 X 1 inch to .6 inch by .49 inch) and, a significant reduction in SUV (Uptake).  Bottom line, we caught this recurrence in time, tried to take it out via surgery - couldn't, did radiation and chemo (oral) for one month , realized the major improvements. I am now being infused with Folfox for 4 months, every two weeks  and it looks like we are gettting the best of it.  I feel good, appetites good, gained weight (important), and I am going to beat this.  (71 year old male)  Give me a private reply if you would like, or public.  Will be glad to help any way I can.

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by Arnold on Mon Feb 11, 2008 12:00 AM

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I'm sorry - you could have a false negative on the PET scan.  I would get a second opinion or at least go back to the oncologist and reference my post.  I had the exact same symptons in Jan 2007 and put up with it till they did the standard followup CT scan.  It showed a problem so they did the CAT.  I waited 9 months, and the tumor grew from nothing to 1 1/2  by 1 inch in those 9 months. What did he say is causing your pain ?.

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by Arnold on Mon Feb 11, 2008 12:00 AM

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Sorry again (getting senile!!)  they did the PET to follow up on the CT scan this past Sept)

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by Jackflummer on Mon Feb 11, 2008 12:00 AM

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I belive that back pain is associated with bowel movement.

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by Arnold on Mon Feb 11, 2008 12:00 AM

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Among many other causes.  It it were me I would not make that single assumption.  Bowell movement did not cause my back pain, hip pain or abdominal pain.  It was caused by a tumor that formed, recurred, otside the bowell, enmeshed in the arteries and veins that branch and go to the legs.   It formed and lodged next to the lower spine.  It was too dangerous to take out during my second open surgery.  I am speaking from my actual documented experience that I will make available if necessary.  Best to explore all possibilities when in doubt.  I cannot emphasize this more.  It may have saved my life!
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