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Bladder function

JloveJJlove Posts: 7
edited 06/10/2015 - 3:13 AM in Spinal Stenosis
I have recently been told that io have spinal stenosis with arthritis/DDD etc.

My question is this. The doctor asked me if I was experiencing any bladder or bowel issues. I said that I was not. However, I recently have had a strange thing occur. I've been having to remind myself to urinate it I'll forget to go! I have gone all day and come hone, taken the dog out, had dinner and taken a hot bath before I realize I haven't used the bathroom! When I do, iI need to sit there for a minute to get it going and then I go like a race horse!

Is this weird? Why did the doctor ask me about this in the first place? Should I be concerned?

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Julie Love


  • itsautonomicitsautonomic LouisianaPosts: 1,817
    Let dr know this, retention could be a sign of nerve issues. I'm the opposite after nerve damage I can't hold bladder.
    Do your due dilegence, trust you know your body and question everything if it does not fit. Advocate for yourself and you will be suprised what will be revealed trusting your body and instinct.
  • One year after first back surgery (lower lumbar area), I had bladder control issues along with falling issues. It was as someone kicked me from behind(knees). Told Dr. - New x-rays showed thoracic area pinched nerve. Another surgery and I feel as good as new!! No back pain at all!!! I truly feel blessed!!
  • There's a good article and video about it on this site.

    What you describe was termed 'impending CES)' by my orthopaedic consultant and my surgery was brought forward as a result.

    L5-S1 herniation. Both knee meniscus tear. L4-5 herniation - 2 x nerve block injections. L4-5 discectomy. L1-2 nerve block injection. L4-5 reherniation - TLIF fusion. 2016: L1-2 and L5-S1 retrolistheses and multiple facet joint degeneration.
  • Rwinke: I'm dealing with thoracic pain myself. Do you mind if I ask how the pinched nerve was diagnosed by x-ray. I thought MRI was necessary to see this. Also, what type of procedure was done?
  • Thanks for all your comments. I did speak with my doctor and he is thinking with my age (I'm just a baby - 57) and the fact I've had a hysterectomy 20 years ago, I could have a saggy bladder! Ha! The getting old is nit for the faint hearted! Back first, I'll deal with the bladder thing next year! Healing great after back surgery,. Had a set back over the weekend and still don't know what caused it. Is it normal to get a muscle strain in your sleep? Poor back is throbbing and feels like I just got out f the hospital 3 days ago mated of 3 months ago. Treible waking, sitting up and rolling over in bed. Couldn't get out of bed Saturday morning..... Weird..
    Julie Love
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