I injured by back when I was 18 years old while deadlifting. Completed a lumbar MRI in 2002 where it showed degeneration of my L5-S1 disc. After 11 years, I am starting to have multiple issues with my back. I am scheduled for another lumbar MRI next week but have had a cervical/thoracic MRI since. It shows narrowing of my spinal canal in the cervical region with a disc herniation at C6-C7 and slight bulge at T8-T9.
To make a long story short, I had been doing fine until last June where I had a sudden onset of feeling like I lost bladder control and urinated on myself. Although I never fully lost function, I certainly felt like I had. I have since had the same issues but less severe, where I have intermittent bladder spasms and then have to run to the bathroom to urinate.
What does this mean? Is this permanent? And can it get worse?
I have seen a Neurologist who can not explain my symptoms and wants to place me on all kinds of medications. They have ruled out Multiple Sclerosis. I am currently working and am limited to what medications I can take. I am a registered nurse and can't take medications that would hinder me. I am really sensitive to strong anti-inflammatory meds like Etodolac or Flexeril and Norco. These all make me very sleepy. I had a Toradol shot when I was having severe pain and fell asleep for 6-8 hours.
I can not sleep on more that one pillow that has to be mostly flat. I constantly lift at work with patients and am required to do certain procedures for extended periods of time. I am constantly on my feet.
What should I expect with these symptoms? Can anyone help?