I developed a problem with my spine over four years ago and, almost simultaneously, bowel/digestive probs sprang up too although, until a couple of days ago when I saw a new GP, no-one has ever connected the two issues. This particular GP said there was a good probability that my spinal problem was causing the dysfunction with my bowel and has now referred me to the neurosurgery unit at Southampton to see if my spine can't be corrected which, if it can, may (hopefully) put my innards right too.
I spent most of yesterday looking for info on the web about this and found loads of it - my GP was quite correct in that IBS can often be cured by sorting out the spine.
I'm now wondering whether anyone else on this network knows anything about the connection between the spinal cord and bowel dysfunction. Please post a reply if you do, I'd be very grateful to hear from you.