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Feeling Bloated & Backaches

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Elle Paula has a Bachelor of Science in nutrition from Framingham State College and a certificate in holistic nutrition from the American College of Healthcare Sciences. She is also a licensed aesthetician with advanced training in skincare and makeup. She plans to continue on with her education, complete a master's degree program in nutrition and, ultimately, become a registered dietitian.
Feeling Bloated & Backaches
Backaches may be a symptom of ovarian cancer. Photo Credit BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images

Bloating and backaches are common symptoms that affect everyone from time to time. While most underlying causes are not serious, in some cases, these symptoms may signal the presence of a medical issue that needs attention. If you experience persistent bloating and backaches, consult your doctor for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.


Your gallbladder is a digestive accessory organ that holds bile, a fluid that aids in fat breakdown. Gallstones are hard deposits that form in the gallbladder. If a gallstone travels to one of the passageways that carry bile from the liver to the small intestine and blocks the flow of bile, it can cause a variety of symptoms, including abdominal bloating and backaches. Other symptoms of gallstones include pain in the abdomen, fever, chills, jaundice, nausea and vomiting.


Pregnancy symptoms differ from woman to woman, but a bloating feeling and back aches are common during pregnancy. Lower backaches are most common during early pregnancy, but a dull, persistent back pain may persist throughout the pregnancy, according to the American Pregnancy Association.

Other symptoms that indicate pregnancy include missed menstrual periods, fatigue, swollen breasts, nausea, headaches, food cravings, increased urination and darkening of the areolas, the skin around the nipples. If you suspect you may be pregnant, visit your doctor for a pregnancy test.

Ovarian Cancer

If abdominal bloating and fullness occur with lower back pain, it may be an indication of the presence of ovarian cancer. In addition to bloating and back pain, ovarian cancer may cause gas, indigestion, nausea, constipation, decreased appetite and fatigue. Because symptoms of ovarian cancer are similar to those of common digestive diseases and bladder problems, it can be difficult to isolate the condition before the cancer has spread.

If you experience any symptoms associated with ovarian cancer, contact your doctor. Early detection and treatment are vital to a positive outcome.


In rare instances, a bloated feeling coupled with backaches may indicate a viral infection called poliomyelitis, usually referred to as polio. Poliomyelitis, which is caused by exposure to the poliovirus, affects your nerves. Certain forms can lead to partial or full paralysis. Polio usually develops in those who have not been vaccinated against the infection or who have traveled recently to areas in which a polio outbreak has occurred.

Other symptoms of polio may include fever, constipation, fatigue, headache, irritability, muscle pain, muscle weakness and vomiting. Most people with poliomyelitis experience a complete recovery, according to MedlinePlus.

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