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I have lower spine herniation & bulging discs- constipation, please help

I have a 4 year history of L4-L5 & L5-S1 nerve compression, bulging disc & herniation. Has Steroid inections 2 years ago with moderate relief. Pain now bearable, pain/numbness is right leg & foot. For past 6 months have been experiencing constipation, tight anal sphincter. Could this be associated with spinal problems ?
Asked On : Sun, 13 Feb 2011
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Ayurveda Specialist 's  Response
I would advice you to be regular with your diet and have more roughage so that there is no constipation. To get rid of constipation you can have isabgol husk, harar or trifla , If acutely constipated then have tab. herbolax 2 at bed time with hot water.
As far as herniation is concerned in Ayurveda we offer kati vasti which has got very good results. along with this some guggul combinations are given internally .
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Physical Therapist or Physiotherapist Shirish Sachdeva's  Response
Hi Dear,

Your experience of constipation & tight anal sphincter has nothing to do with your disc slip.

If in any case your disc slips further causing cauda equina compression (part of spine that controls the urination & bowel movement) you would experience loose bowels or incontinence of urine (inability to control both of them).

But for your information prolonged constipation causes increased pressure on the discs while evacuation bowel. So, I would advise you to get rid of constpation as soon as possible.

Dr.Shirish Sachdeva
Orthopaedic & Neurological
Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation
Lifestyle Medicine Counsellor
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