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anyone had bladder trouble from your back?

raymondrraymond Posts: 51
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:52 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
ol boy been on here all day looking for some answer's and maybe some people having same trouble as me,had alif at l4-l5 jan 4 2011,doing some better,im some where around 3 half months post op .i got hurt on the job 2 years ago.because the foreman didnt make a report of my injury,ive gone 2 years with no treatment.when i had surgery doctor told my wife i had one of the most sever bone mass hed ever seen,still dont know what that realy means,how ever now my left leg from my knee down is killing me and my foot feels like its been crushed,and throbs still.and on fire hard to wear a sock where it feels like its on fire.and right foot freez ice cold all the time,ive just learned that where my bladder feels like it stays full and presure all the time,when trying to sleep if i turn on either hip on my side i feel like im busting to pee,lay flat of my back i dont have that problem,feels normal.and ive never thought not 1 time to bring this to my doctors attention,i had no clue it could be from my back,i read the symptons and i have them on here,and holding on hope my nerves are still healing from being crushed for 2 years,that my left leg and foot gets better,because at this point im starting to get depressed really bad over never sleeping and hurting 24 hours aday.and my wife says i get on here and read to much that im worrying to much ,but with 2 to 4 hours sleep a night it wear on anyone,on my bladder the pressure and the feeling im busting to pee all the time can anyone relate or know anything about this problem,ty ray


  • Quick answer: yes!
    Before my surgery I definitely had bladder involvement. I couldn't tell whether or not it was full. I was referred to a urologist for full workup. Results of the tests showed no physical causes - I.e. stones, tumors, infection. I was told if I had still had Issues after surgery he could order urodynamic studies. He also told me to take a cranberry supplement to prevent infection.
    Post-op it has gotten better although when I have a painful day my bladder bothers me too.

    Talk to your doctor about your problem. Usually they don't mention bladder discomfort as a problem - unless you have become incontinent. Well they need to know how you are feeling.

    Good luck & take care,
    Pat Gibson
    L5S1 ALIF 2-22-11
    Now L4 Retrolisthisis
  • i got hurt 2 years ago,and 1 year ago this started never once did i think anything about maybe coming from my back,been to the er4 or 5 months ago over it they done test i peed in a cup for a test i had my prostate checked,and showed nothing ,i got go back this coming thursday the 14 to my back docor ,when i tell him this he might think im crazy,but i had no idea and has me very worried now,ty for post,and good health to you.
  • Problems post ALIF. Never had before. It was awful. Lots of testing, meds, antibiotics and Bio feedback therapy to retrain bladder & pelvic wall & floor. Finally better after 6 months.
    Some RX meds can cause retention be sure to discuss your symptoms with doc when you see him next week.

  • ty 4 time to reply.im getting up 5 to 6 times at night,i can lay flat my back and have no pressure,as soon as i turn over on either hip it hit's me that fast.i had no idea the back problem could be related.ty for the info
  • Raymond, definitely talk to your doctor.

    My neuro's office asked me every time I went in or called if I was having bladder or bowel issues. There's something called Cauda Equina Syndrome that's related to nerves and back stuff. I don't know much about it, but you can read about it on this site.

    I'm definitely not a medical professional, just going on my own experience, so plz talk to your doc.

    Good luck,
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome,last night i seen a post last night and got to thinking sounds like what im going through,2 years ago i got hurt at work.about 9 months ago i started feeling like my bladder stays full and lots of pressure .when trying to sleep ill roll over on my side .either side instantly i feel like jump up run to the bath room.i lay flatt my back have no pressure.but up and down 6to 7 times a night.thank you for your reply...ray alif l4-l5,hernt l-3 and 2 other bulge disk,never seems to end.
  • Raymond, Pat, I had similar symptoms too.
    Please discuss it with your doctor.

    My neurosurgeon really didn't worry about CES as long as I had bladder control.

    After the fusion my symptoms got stronger at times so I went to an excellent urologist. He did an exam and a urodynamic study and since he was happy with the results he told me not to worry unless something got worse.

    The urologist said that he expected things to clear up as the inflammation subsided and my surrounding nerves settled down. And he was right.
  • you really need to make a list of all your issues so you can discuss each one with your doctor. You have a lot going on. I was and mostly still am in the same place you are.

    I was lucky enough to have a pain mgmt doctor who took the wheel and really advocated for me. I started having bladder issues post op (never had issues previously). I was going 10-20 times a night - obviously I wasn't sleeping much. Sometimes it was a drop other times a river, and it never felt different. Or at least I couldnt tell the difference. I was having low grade fever 99-101 for weeks, i was having severe bladder spasams, you could actually see the muscle bulging and moving, my NS just kept blowing it off.

    Long story short, PM doc sent me to urologist and I did have the urodynamic studies and other testing. Results were atonic bladder, sphincter dysenergia and sensory urgency. I also had UTI (several of them, for months). Of course white blood cells in urine and even crystals. Lots of fun :-(

    I was lucky enough to be placed on bladder meds and underwent bladder rehab (mentioned in earlier post above) which has helped tremendously! I now only go 5-7 times per night, my spasams are under control and haven't had a UTI since January!

    Now with all that said, this is what MY issues are, not necessarily the same as you, I mentioned in my previous reply that pain meds can mess with your bladder ,causing retention which will cause bladder pain & spasams. Just like constipation.

    Do you have a primary doctor who can help get you to the correct specialists? Do you have a pain management doctor?

    You can drive yourself mad trying to self diagnose yourself that is why its best to have a medical professional look at all of Ray and figure this all out for you. Believe me, I know, been there, still there :o). I think that is what your wife may be feeling too. Not to add to your thought process but on your foot ask your doctor about RSD, just a thought... or maybe you can search the site or google.

    Im sorry that you are going through so much. I know how much this sucks, believe me, I do. I pray you get some answers as well as some relief!

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