Back Pain? A Gastroenterological Issue Could Be To Blame

Posted on: 26 May 2020

Back pain is often perceived to be the result of muscle strain or poor posture. However, this pain can also be a sign of a gastroenterological concern. If you have experienced back pain that is unrelenting and sporadic, it is worth learning more about the gastroenterological issues that could be trying to get your attention.

1. Gallstones 

Gallstones are rock-like formations that develop within the gallbladder and are most often the result of a problem with the way the liquid bile is processed through the gallbladder. In many instances, the problem with the processing of the liquid bile is linked to diet, such as problems originating when high levels of bilirubin and cholesterol are consumed over time. 

As you would imagine, a rock-like structure forming in the gallbladder can cause pain and discomfort, and given the location of the gallbladder, back pain is common. If you suspect you have a gallstone concern, you might also experience bloating and indigestion. 

2. Food Intolerance

For people who suffer from food intolerance, back pain can also be a concern. Food intolerance is often mistaken for a food allergy, but they are not the same. Unlike an allergy, an intolerance is not likely to cause a life-threatening reaction, but it is likely to cause inflammation.

The reaction caused by the intolerance can trigger inflammation all over the body, including your back. Generally, back pain that is the result of this problem will occur shortly after you have eaten a particular food. Keeping a food journal and visiting the doctor for an intolerance test can help you get to the bottom of the problem.

3. Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome, known as IBS, is a gastroenterological concern that targets the large intestine. IBS can occur for several reasons, but it is often linked to an overgrowth of bacteria in the intestine, a nerve system abnormality, or inflammation within the intestine.

However, no matter the source of the problem, pain and discomfort are normal. The pain from IBS is focused around the abdominal area, but if you experience severe cramping, it can also cause discomfort in your back. IBS can only be treated by a physician, so you will need to make an appointment to be seen.

If you suspect you have a gastroenterological concern, it is important to speak with a gastroenterologist. They will perform an examination, give you a proper diagnosis, and establish a treatment plan to help you manage the condition and minimize the discomfort you are experiencing.