Hi, new to this site and really hope someone can help. My Mother is in severe pain with her lower back that much she struggles to go to the toilet leg pain and neck pain. MRI scan shows the L4,L5 S1 to be bulging. Our doctors in the UK have diagnosed my Mother to have a bowel concern and have not even contemplated a back issue which may be causing the problem. I really hope someone can shed some light and advise for us.
Lower back pain can interfere with bowel habits without compression of the central canal (cauda equina syndrome which is highly searched for but rarely occurs). Increased intraabdominal pressure (required to create a bowel movement) will also increase lower back pain in certain situations. This can be misinterpreted as cauda equina syndrome.
Your mother may also have a bowel disorder. The specialists I am sure have looked for rectocele as one of the sources of your mother’s bowel problems.