• kamel kamel
    July 13, 2014
    Can ulcerative colitis cause back pain?
    kamel kamel
    July 13, 2014

    Hi, could you tell me if ulcerative colitis can cause back pain?



  • Amy Tudor
    August 04, 2014
    Amy Tudor
    August 04, 2014

    Hi there, Kamel -


    Thanks for your question!  I'm not a doctor, but I did some research for you and discovered that many, many people who have this form of IBD suffer from back pain during flares of the disease. It's unclear if it's caused by the inflammation of the bowels, inflammation that comes from the flares themselves that affects other parts of the body (including the joints and spine), or if it's simply from going to the bathroom so many times during a flare. There are medications your doctor can prescribe, such as muscle relaxers, that can help, but many people who experience these symptoms said that yoga and Pilates were the biggest help for them.


    Here are some links on IBD and pain management that you might find useful. Be well!


    5 Ways Your Gut Can Affect Your Health

    Tips for Eating the Best Anti-Inflammatory Foods

    Using Tylenol Responsibly




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