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I have had both cervical & lumbar fusions & pinched nerve caused constipation for me

I have had both cervical & lumbar fusions but have stenosis above lumbar and many bone spurs and arthritic changes through out my spine. I have been doing some stretching (over ball) for the past couple of months.and find that when I do I become constipated. (4-5 days) When I stop stretching for a week my BMs return to normal. My question is from what area of the spine does control of the bowels come ? Thank you, Cherie
Asked On : Wed, 16 Feb 2011
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hi and welcome to health care magic!!
well the spinal cord gives out roots to the nerves that supply the body right from the cervical to sacral region, the control of bowel movements is from the lower lumbar and sacral roots through the autonomic system. and yes the compression or pressure on these roots could lead to constipation.consult a neurologist or neurosurgeon for the same.
take care.
Answered: Fri, 12 Aug 2011
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