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High grade Spondylolisthesis and bladder issues not sure if connected

Started by Jacquelyn-Leigh on 09/23/2011 9:45pm

I know I need to go back to my Neurosurgeon and talk to him about this. Recently I have had almost zero back pain, so I really am praying that there is not a connection here. I have googled this and came up empty. I have recently had issues where I am waking up now a few times a night to go to the restroom which at 27 I never have had this happen before. As well some times when I do urinate. It almost feels like a UTI if anyone ever had one. Is it possible they are connected? Or is this a totally different issue all together? THanks I really hope not Because for the past 3 weeks other then the random pins and needles in my feet I have had no back pain, and really loving feeling "normal again"

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Also I have never had any loss of bladder or bowel movement if that helps. Thanks I know total tmi But just looking for any insight.

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hi, make sure you go back to your neurosurgeon and discuss this, get your gp to rule out a UTI first.

I am having bladder problems again along with a flare up of my spondy which has gone on for 8 wks now. I had a MRI 2 weeks ago and I am seeing my consultant on Monday. Bladder or bowel changes can be signs of cauda equina issues. Any changes should always be discussed and not ignored.

Debs

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Who would I dicuss this with my D.O or my nuerosergion ? thank you for giving me some insight. I will be calling both tomorrow to see who I speak to about it.

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Who would I dicuss this with my D.O or my nuerosergion ? thank you for giving me some insight. I will be calling both tomorrow to see who I speak to about it.

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Thanks for sharing something so private. I have minor Spondy 2mm lower back /minor buldg disc 2mm and I have had issues with bladder also. I feel like I have a UTI. I have had spine injections twice with little relief from them, thought UTI feeling may have been from injections. Will follow this feed for updates.

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I talked my issues over with my chiropractor and doctor then i was referred to my neurosurgeon after i had my MRI. Cauda equina syndrome is one of the things they look for as this is classed as an urgent situation,
you can have problems with your bladder or bowel if the nerves supplying them are irritated.

Luckily the bladder issues have now calmed for me and the MRI showed no signs of nerve compression. I am due a CT scan next week.

Let me know how you get on, hopefully all is ok for you.

Debs

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Posting an update. Problem still here. I spoke to a nurse at my Surgeon because I have no weakness in my legs and no other symtoms they asked me to first go to my doctor to check for a uti . Well my symtoms went away for a while and started back up last week. I went to urgent care I did have a lot blood in my urine and indeed a what they think a uti. But my lab results never made it to my real doctor so I won't know for sure. But after the meds stops the problem stayed I spoke to my doctor again. The issue went away for a few days and came back again today. My next step now is to go back to my surgeon and get a nerve test. They are not too worried because I have no other signs of problems but the bladder pain but this time,I am staying on top of it. I just really want to avoid surgery for a while right now. I have a gut feeling this is my back and I am just not ready for surgery right now

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Its good that you are getting it looked into, all my muscle tests etc are coming back as within normal range. I started physiotherapy last week on Thursday and it seems that a lot of the pain i am getting i.e. low down buttock area and tops of thighs is possibly being caused by extremely tight muscles, they are like this in response to the instability in my spine and the subsequent pain from it.

I felt uncomfortable after physio and okay during the day on friday but boy did the pain start big time on the friday evening, nothing would calm it, i tried my painkillers, and took a sleeping tablet in an attempt to get some sleep, nothing worked.

This leaves me somewhat dubious about returning to physio next week, although I was advised i would most likely feel worse before feeling any better. The bladder issues for me flare up then go away, although I too think it goes in combination with my back pain flaring up. Perhaps if there is no infection in your urine the blood could simply be a symptom of an overworked bladder?

I too want to avoid surgery if i can, have been offered fusion twice now and turned it down both times.

Hope you get some relief from your symptoms soon

Debs

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