Re: Linked to bowel problems?
Yes, I would second Sally on getting this checked as it certainly sounds like one - or at the least, a weakened area of the abdominal wall that threatens one even if there is not a complete herniation yet.
I would also agree about a link simply on grounds of being squashed. I know certainly my function improved within less than 3 weeks of my revision surgery - basically as soon as I managed to actually start going again, it all worked a lot better than it had done previously and my "IBS" didn't trouble me for several years afterward. Of course, one of the problems that we tend to have is that when scoliosis progresses to the point of serious squishing, then as an adult that tends to lead to both pain, and painkillers. Restricted activity levels mean the bowels don't work so well, and often painkillers are constipating as well, so it's probably not too surprising that things don't work so well for some of us
Diagnosed at 15 with 50° curve, but probably juvenile IS. Fused in kyphosis (by non-specialised ortho) with a/p surgery T10-L2 @ 21, posterior only revision surgery to correct kyphosis @ 29. Now 38 with further revision surgery and extension of fusion to sacrum required to correct residual kyphosis, restore lordosis and address spinal stenosis.