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difficulty with elimination system and sciatica

myharrietmmyharriet Posts: 9
What kind of bladder and/or bowel problems is anyone else experiencing with their sciatica?
I am experiencing difficulty with urination and a lot of pain with bowel movements.


  • If you are experiencing issues emptying your bladder and you have sciatica, it is a reason to contact the doctor.

    It could be a bladder infection but it could be nerve related. As for bowels, I suspect same thing - it could be the medication creating challenges which a doctor could suggest a softener for OR it could be nerve related.

    I'd call your doctor.
  • myharriet,

    Have you seen anyone relating to this,I have bladder problems and I had an investigation recently in urology this was inconclusive as to the cause,but I have been told nerves around L5/S1 area could be causing problems,alternatively it could be muscle around the bladder neck, they did not like to commit themselves when I asked them,I have now had surgery and still have the same problem,although nerves were badly compressed and have not had time to sort themselves out.
    Cannot comment on bowl problems,I suggest seeing someone relating to the sciatica and the urology department.

    Good luck

  • I agree with what everyone else has posted.

    I would go see your Dr pretty soon. This also can be a sign of more spine/nerve issues.

    My bladder issues goes from almost peeing myself to having to push on my stomach area, holding my finger under warm running water (yes that really does help lol)in order to void. Mine is due to all the nerve damage and goes from one extreme to the other depending on pressure on the nerves.

    Bowel, I have issues but I think it is due more to my meds then nerves. However I am not sure as I was on meds soon after injury.

    Warning TMI (too much information)* There are times I sit on the pot & cry and think "pooping should not be this painful". I have screamed, cried, banged my first on the sink over the pain.
    Most of the time I am OK now as I found increasing my water and taking Fiber in pill form. I take the ones called Fiber Advanced that are sold at Walmarts and are pretty good tasting in gummy form ;)

    L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.
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