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Does anyone suffer from IBS that they believe may be due to back problems?My IBS D has really flared up within the last 3 months and I'm desperately searching for an answer as to why. Over the last year I have had major problems with my back and legs and I'm wondering if the two are connected somehow.I recently read an article where someone was able to link their IBS D to bad alignment in their jaw. Reading this made me wonder. Darn Internet.On another topic, I can't decide if the Internet is a great help or a curse. I can't count the number of times are researched symptoms and come up with some weird disease I may have.
 

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The opposite is true for me. I never had any back problems before developing IBD/IBS 9 years ago. I've been to an Orthopedic Surgeon and a Neurologist, had X-rays and a MRI, they know it's not a bone or disk problem (so what's left: muscles and nerves) but they can't help me.
 

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Hi there,I had lower back pain, shooting pains in my legs and a stiff neck, together with constipation and breakthrough diorreah....Ouch! I have found that meditation, yoga, swimming and saunas really help me. They make me feel more positive and relaxed! Good luck.
 

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Thanks for the replies. My back issues don't seem to corelate with attacks. When I was a kid I went off a 10' ledge with a sled and landed directly on my tailbone. I have had on and off back problems for quite some time. Sometimes on the bad days I do have IBS attacks as well, even though I have the big D on days where I can't feel and pain in my back. I've been regarding them as two completely different issues, but than are started to wonder if they are connected somehow.
 

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People can have back problems unrelated to IBS of course, but people with IBS can also have back problems from excessive muscle tension and the gut muscles are coonect to the lower back muscles.One thing that may help aslo is progressive muscle relaxation perhaps. http://www.rochester.edu/ucc/pmr.htm However, I would see a doctor to see if it is back problems in an of themselves if they don't always correlate with attacks and also ask them about doing the PMR.
 
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