I'm a 41 year old woman with annular tears in my L4-L5, L5-S1, with leakage from the discs and after a discogram, and meeting with different surgeons, it was agreed upon that I am facing a MLSF.
For the past couple of months, I have noticed that it is becoming harder and harder for me to pee. To get the stream started. One time I timed myself, and it took 18 minutes to get started! When it starts, it stops, and sputters.
I have never had any children and have only had one urinary tract infection, when I was 16. I've never had a problem like this. My PCP has done 3 urinalyses on me in the past 3 months, and there are no infetions, no problems.
I forgot to ask my Neurologist about this. Could it be the pressure of my torn discs are somehow affecting the nerve bundles that govern my bladder? I don't have any problems on doing #2, I've been as regular as can be, every day, for years now.
Do you think this is a nerve problem? I even just had a complete physical/examination and everything was okay!
Someone said maybe it's the Lortabs, a side effect, but I've been on them for over 5 years now and never had any problems before. They USUALLY make people constipated, if anything, but NOT me! So any ideas? And thank you! This is SO embarrassing to have to ask strangers like this!