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tammycttammyc Posts: 894
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:39 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hi Everyone! :H
Has anyone with spine problems ever experienced bladder and bowel problems? I know many of you know what has been going on with me,if not you can read my last post.Ever since i've had bladder frequency my bowel habits have changed,but not like i'm going all the time or spastic.I keep getting constipated i guess would be the right word. I seem to go for long periods of time without having a bowel movement.I don't get any sensation to go.I used to be very predictable ,three times a day and now its once maybe every three or fours days.It doesn't matter how much fruit or fibre or water i take in nothing has helped and i end up having to take a laxative.I had this same thing happen to me before my neck surgery.I had a bad fall that really hurt my lower back hip area and i didn't have a bowel movement for over a week.I was concerned so i went to the doctors and he gave me an enema to take,but it didn't work.I had to wait two more days and when i did go i screamed like XXXX.My insides were so sore it was like having a baby.I just worry about the lack of sensation to have a movement.It just doesn't seem normal to me.I know if i tell my doctor she's just going to blow it off like she did my bowel frequency problem,so i was just thinking that i would ask all of you if you's think that there is anything to be worried about? Should i go to the night clinic and get checked out or is it something that just might pass on its own.Sorry this is so long i didn't intend it to be. ;)


  • Hi Tammy

    Any chance this is a medication problem? I know most pain meds make me constipated or if I am taking them long enough can make me forget to go.

    I found these fiber pills at CVS. Two pills in the morning helps without causing the gas or upset stomach.

  • Tammy have you had your colon checked? It may not be your spine (it might be your spine), but it could have to do with your intestines.

    Maybe you should get your file and find a new doctor?

    I can't believe your doctor didn't think to check you colon. Some of my friends get theirs checked each year. Insurance usually will not cover the colonoscopy unless you tell you doctor that you have had blood in your stools (this is what my GF tell me to tell the doctor to get her to order the test).

    Please get it checked out. One of my co-workers wife started having some issues and then she found out she had stage 4 colon cancer. It happens quick.

    Take care,

  • Well the meds. i'm taking are anti inflammatories and nerve pain meds. but i've been on them for over a year and this constipation thing has only been happening for the last couple of months so i'm pretty sure that its not medicine related.
    I did have my colon checked and it was fine but that was when 9/11 happened. maybe i should have it checked again.
  • I immediately assumed you were talking about symptoms of cauda equina syndrome. I am supplying a link that has a very good definition and explanation of CES and hope you will read through it. Any of us with lower lumbar problems need to be aware of CES, because in its most severe form, it is a medical emergency requiring surgery immediately to decompress the affected nerve root.


    However, with CES, it is my understanding that with bowel involvement, it is the loss of control that is the problem, not constipation. But you do have several of the other symptoms like the loss of feeling, etc. so you really need to check it out.

    I suggest you call your spinal specialist first thing tomorrow to discuss this with him or his nurse, particularly since you have issues at L4-5 and L5-S1.

    There is also information about CES on this website:


  • I have a spiney friend that has saddle anestesia/ces from spine problems. I am not sure how the #2 thing goes but for her to urinate she has to put a catheder in each time. The urine will not come out with out it.

  • Your right that i do have some of the symptoms but the bowel and bladder thing seems to be the opposite in me.I do have a bit of foot drop that comes and goes,my therapist knows about that and i've been watching it and reporting any changes,sometimes my saddle area goes numb but that happens on and off,its not there all the time and yes i do have some muscle weakness and numbness down my legs. The whole thing is just strange.
  • You mentioned that you've taken laxatives, but have you tried a laxative/stool softener combo? I've found that sometimes (oh, geez, I hate typing this...) the stools just get too hard to make their way to their final destination. (Well, that wasn't so bad after all.)

    I think that Peri-Colace is one of the best ones out there. It's really expensive, but once it does its job, you won't need to take them again, at least for a while.

  • Thanks cath,but honestly my bowel movements aren't hard or difficult they just don't happen very often.When i do go there normal but my urge just isn't there very much anymore.
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