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Frequency of Urination

tallguyttallguy Posts: 28
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:23 AM in Degenerative Disc Disease
I am wondering if others have experiened issues with urination frequency. I swear I can't last more than an hour without going, and each time it's not that much, but it is enough to go, and other times its mroe than expected. Dribble also occurs.

I have been told that the muscles in my lower back are what is causing the problem.

I have a herniation in L5/S1, black whole, DDD, no surgery, pain is more localized but tolerable, about two years. The urination issues has become somewhat worse over the last year. I was diagnosed about 2 years ago with the problems as I constantly had numbness in my leg and then one day I couldnt even get out of bed... That was years ago, has not happend in about 7 months.

Anyway the urination issue is every day. I need to get up several times during the night sometimes. During the day, every hour or two, even if I do not drink much.

Any ideas? Any suggestions?


  • Some medications also effect urination. It was really difficult to go when I took Kadian and now I go alot more taking Zanaflex.
  • I'm not taking any medications.

    I had a CT scan done when I was 20, they said their was some calcium deposits and that was it. I am now 32, figured I still have about 3 years before I need to do one. Had considered doing a blood test only for prostate cancer this year... but have not done it.. I figured the urination issue was coming from my lower back nerves...
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  • Prostatitis is a common thing that can cause your symptoms, but you should see a urologist to confirm such a diagnosis.

    With any disc herniation going on in the lumbar region, it seems plausible to me that a nerve related to the prostate or bladder could be being affected. Especially if you have a central herniation that displaces the thecal sac.

    I also have frequency/ not entirely emptying complaints,
    but my urologist examined me and diagnosed me with a slightly enlarged prostate and is treating it with Levaquin antibiotic. If I ever resolve my L4/L5 bulge sciatica etc, it would be a nice bonus to not have to deal with this other bother. Good luck- see a urologist ASAP.
  • Yeah the issue with having someone stick their fingers in me is that I also have hemmoroids, but I guess it would give someone a chance to look at those too eh?! =))
  • Does Levaquin antibiotic have any side effects?

    I have been reading up on Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) seems I have nearly all the sytmpoms except the pain. But the drugs I have been reading about have nasty side effects.. I did not see Levaquin as a drug used to treat this....
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  • BPH is somewhat different than prostatitis, and treated with uroxatrol or flomax to shrink the gland. Most men get BPh by age 60, some earlier. Prostatitis is a swelling of the gland for reasons unknown usually. They figure it is like a urinary tract infection except in the prostate gland, so levaquin and other antibiotics are used to knock out the infection and have the swelling go down.
  • How long does one need to get treated for prostatitis? I am under 60, but after all the reading I have been doing, I have most of the symptoms. I hope this is not a life long issue to shrink it back down to size. A couple of weaks perhaps? And I have some cocerns now that I will will be misdiagnosed as I am not in the US, but rather in Asia, and sometimes they don't think about all the issues before making a decision.

    Weak urinary stream
    Prolonged emptying of the bladder
    Abdominal straining
    Irregular need to urinate
    incomplete bladder emptying
  • Moderator please delete this double post. Thanks
  • Hey TallGuy-

    I'm not sure what is causing your problem, but I had the same symptoms last year. Going every half hour, several times per night, etc. My Dr checked for an enlarged prostate, but that wasn't the case. I went to a urologist and he said it was prostatitis, which is an infection of the prostate. I took ciprofloxacin for a month and have been fine since.

    I hope it is a simple as that for you.
  • I hope it is even simplier, glad your problem is better! Thanks for the advice.
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