I'm writing on behalf of my husband. He has a diagnosis of DDD, and a few other things I can't think of right off hand. He injured his back in the Marine Corps back in 1989, and it has progressively gotten worse.
He's been experiencing something awful lately. It starts as middle to low back pain, then progresses into his small intestine area (severe pain, bloating, burping up sulfur smelling gas), then he gets diarrhea, then nausea, vomiting, and experiences cold sweats (he'll be freezing cold in 80 degree weather and sweating buckets at the same time).
Does this happen to you? He spoke to a friend of his who has severe back problems too, and it turns out he has the exact same thing happen to him! He said the pain in the small intestinal area is so bad he wants to pass out! My hubby lays on the floor in the fetal position in excruciating pain!
Do you think this is really from his back pain? Can it radiate into the areas I described? It worries me because with each episode of this, the pain and symptoms get worse. He always gets nauseous, but it was this weekend's episode that he first threw up, and the whole nasty thing lasted a lot longer than usual.