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Diagnosed with degenerative disc diseases, have bouts of severe constipation with blood and hemorrhoids, bloating. Is it due to discs?

Hello. I have been diagnosed with degenerative disc diseas for L4&L5 with buldging too. Constant pain but I do Pilates and Physical therapy and also am in pretty health otherwise with good eating habits. Over the past 2 months i have had bouts of severe constipation , but could pass bowel with blood and hemroids. This lasts for a week then I am back to regular daily bwel movements. The past 7 days i have been having severe constipation again, but am having difficulty passing stool . I am taking laxatives, stool softeners and supositories and will get out a small amout of running stool and a lot of gas, but it feels like i still need to go. My stomach feels full and is bloated. Can this be from the discs? I am a 40 year old female, lori.
Asked On : Thu, 10 Jan 2013
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Thank you for the query.

No, its not from disc disease. Only some serious spinal cord injuries can cause chronic constipation but typical disc herniation with some slight symptoms should not cause constipation.
Chronic constipation can be caused by bad diet (low fiber and mineral water intake), hypothyroidism, medicines (antidepressants and Ca-blockers), inflammatory bowels diseases.
I suggest you to start with diet change (increase fiber rich products and mineral water intake), start probiotic intake. If it wont help in a week or so, please visit your doctor. Stool test, stool culture test, thyroid tests should be done at first.
In case of any doubts, colonoscopy is necessary.

Hope this will help.
Answered: Fri, 27 Dec 2013
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