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40 days post TLIF (already mentioned bladder problems, and now - bowel problems)

Keano16KKeano16 Posts: 89
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:43 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi to all,

continuing from http://www.spine-health.com/forum/back-surgery-and-neck-surgery/10-days-post-tlif-bladder-problems ... As mentioned there, bladder problems are still here. Tried everything, fruits, medicines, some of your tips. It is maybe a little better.

New problem is bowel, from the day of the surgery I can't have it without laxatives or similar medicines. Any advice on this?

I am soon seeing my surgeon, but I would like to hear of your advices and experiences.



  • Hi Keanu,
    I noticed this post is a bit old and I'm a newbie here as well, so pardon my greenness.
    I had two discs replaced with cage 4yrs ago. I also had immediate bowel "changes" beginning the same day. I say changes because it was more than 1 thing. I would have to sit and strain in agony for hours only to pass very little stool. And by hours, I mean 12-16 hrs. per 24-36 hrs. I was familiar with CES prior to my surgery from previous nursing school days, and I knew the importance of timely counter measures and permanent damage.
    I told my doctor (work comp fyi) and his response was a variety of answers but CES. Constipation from opiates is what everyone says, but I was on opiates prior to the surgery and didn't have the problem constipation. I begged him to understand and we then proceeded to get approval from work comp to see a specialist. Denial after denial, requirement after requirement before I was finally taken serious. I was forced to go through rapid detox rehab from opiates (lol, I was taking 3 norcos a day, real addiction there).
    I was sent to a big facility in LA around 2 years after my initial complaint, and although this was 2yrs late, I was hopeful for some help. I was mistaken, the report stated that it was physchosomatic. I was making it all up in my head, so I was told. Devastated and now 50 lbs lighter we scrambled for another more indepth appt and tests so this "specialist" would find out what is wrong and save me. I was certain once he saw the new evidence that he would help save me. My next appt., I was desperate and incredibly distraught and when the doctor came in I was very visibly upset, begging him to help me, that he was my last hope.
    He then suggested I get physchological help because there was nothing wrong with me. I, at that moment, lost control of any sanity that I had left. Let's just say the police were called and I was escorted from the building, wailing like a 4 year old. Completely defeated, I was giving up, my body couldnt take much more. 3 months later, I had a mini stroke (TIA) while straining on the toilet. Once I realized the symptoms, my wife hurriedly got me to the hospital, received blood thinners and excellent care and luckily had no permanent damage. While at the hopital, being 48 yrs young, there was some question as to what could have caused the TIA. Explaining my history, the doctor rolls me over and after a 3 second finger in the ringer, he said he knew what was wrong.
    I was sent to another facility the week following my stay for the TIA and was given botox in my bum, in the inner ring, because it was apparently paralyzed shut. INCREDIBLY, IT WORKED! For the next six days we laughed, danced, cried & laughed. After 6 days(hoping for 3 months) it wore off and back to terror I went. The second series of injections didn't work at all. Hopes, once again, defeated. Now, entering 4th year and two stimmulators later and still no relief. Only within the last few month's have the doctors finally began calling it CES Cauda Equina Syndrome. If only they would have taken me serious, in the beginning, steps could have been made to prevent permanent damge. I am currently awaiting approval for a colostomy bag so I can have some quality of life.
    It is est. 1 out of 100, 000 patients with spine problems get CES.
    1 out of 1,000,000 (a million) get slow onset CES. That makes me (begins singing) "one in a million".
    I hope this sheds some light on a terrible streak of bad luck.
    Slainte, Michael

    Never give up, never give in.
    never ever give up!
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