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If you suffer from digestive problems, you know firsthand how your quality of life can be affected. But did you know that your back could be the cause of your stomach pain? Here are some ways that your back health could be affecting your digestive health as well.

Pinched Nerve

The human spine is a complex area, containing 33 bones stacked on each other. Between each vertebra is a rubbery disc that protects the bones from friction. The vertebra protects the spinal column, which contains nerves that run from the brain and connect throughout the body. Injury, arthritis, or autoimmune conditions can cause the vertebrae and the discs to become inflamed and swollen, placing pressure on the nerves in the spinal column. When this occurs, pain can be experienced in several places in the body. If the affected nerves are connected to the abdominal region, abdominal pain can be experienced.

Pinched Nerve Symptoms

Pinched nerve symptoms that present into the abdominal area include:

  • Persistent or radiating pain in the abdominal area
  • Pain that radiates from the front to the back of the abdomen
  • Localized abdominal pain
  • Changing pain levels based on body position

These symptoms can also mirror other conditions, so it is imperative that you visit your doctor for a thorough examination to rule out possible gastrointestinal causes.

Treatment for Abdominal Pain Caused by Pinched Nerve

If your abdominal pain is the result of a pinched nerve, there are treatments available. Anti-inflammatory drugs known as NSAIDs can be prescribed to reduce inflammation. Over the counter NSAIDs include ibuprofen or naproxen. If over-the-counter medications do not provide relief, your doctor may be able to prescribe other medications aimed at reducing pain and swelling.

 Lifestyle changes can also help bring relief. These include:

  • Increasing activity through exercise
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Improving posture
  • Avoid sitting for long periods. If you work a sedentary job, take frequent breaks to walk around
  • Yoga
  • Ergonomically designed workspaces

If you suffer from abdominal pain not attributed to a gastrointestinal issue, you may be suffering from a pinched nerve. Contact Hanowell Spine Clinic today to schedule a consultation.

Posted on behalf of Hanowell Spine Clinic, LLC.

4142 Mill St. NE
Covington, GA 30014

Phone: (770) 787- 3550
FAX: (770) 787- 2304
Mon-Fri: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

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Deborah C.

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Dr. Michael Hanowell has relieved my sciatica pain. I was in a wheelchair and after the first epidural I was able to walk. After a recent car accident he put several injections in my back and neck which relieved the pain greatly. He and his staff are very considerate and do everything possible to work with you on relieving your pain.

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4142 Mill St. NE
Covington, GA 30014

Hours: Mon-Fri: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Phone: (770) 787- 3550

Fax: (770) 787- 2304

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