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RefugeeRRefugee Posts: 100
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:35 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I know some things are embarrassing to talk about but thats why we post here right?

Just curious about incontinence and what part of the spine affects that area of the body? If I only go to the bathroom once in a week and thats when I take it upon myself to do something about it and if I lose control of myself with the gas situation is it any type of medication or incontinence. The doctor questioned me on this but I thought it was actually going on yourself I didnt think it could be loss of control of gas also.

Can the cervical spine cause this??


  • This can be an embarassing problem. Have you always gone once a week? Pain meds can be very constipating. I have found a high fiber diet very helpful.

    For more info, you may want to check out this website: http://www.uptodate.com/patients/content/topic.do?topicKey=~f0ab4wp/xXlpnf

    Feel free to PM me if you have any more questions.

    Best to you,

  • sorry youre having this difficult problem. im just going by personal experience but i dont think constipation is a result of pressure on spinal nerves. diet, activity and even what sex you are can affect this problem...women moreso than men may have this....as for gas...i find that just prior to your being able to move your bowels the gas becomes more prevalent. gas tells you not to get too far from the bathroom...at least thats my experiece >:D<
  • Ditto to Pete's comment.

    Also - I did have issues pre-op, it was the opposite, I would have no control of my bladder. Surgery seems to have cured this perfectly (thank heavens!)

    From what I understand it was my S1-L5 that this came from - lumbar.
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