Dear Denise Lehocki
All your problems apparently appear to be from improper evacuation. As you a professional so you can understand the things in a better way. What can be the possible reasons for constipation
1. Lack of proper roughage
3.hurry worry and curry
4.improper timings of having food
5.remaining awake late night
6avoiding going to toilet due to pain from piles.
7 intestinal worms
8.lack of reflex
and so on the list goes a long way for all those acts which are against nature.
Aurveda teaches us to live close to nature have healthy diet with proper fibers.
Go to toilet on fixed timings and sit for some time
develop a relex like just on having a glass of hot water or a cup of tea go to toilet immediately in morning.
Amongst herbal medicines we recommend psyllum husk in hot water or with milk.
senna leaves are good laxative . Ready made preparation in name of panch sakar churan 500mg with hot water at bed time will cure if you follow regime for fibrous diet.
if causes problem calls for surgery. If no problem then forget about it.
problem and disc problem will be taken care with a procedure we perform in ayurveda called as kati vasti. medicatd oils are kept over area involved.