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Can L4,L5 herniation cause genital,rectal pain?

jsouthjjsouth Posts: 17
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:02 AM in Lower Back Pain
In november 2011 I began to feel pain and numbness in my genitals and anus area. I saw a urologist and was diagnosed with an infection. For five weeks I was on three different antibiotics. None worked. I went to emerg and had a cat scan and they found the herniation at L4,L5 L5,L6. I guess I have an extra vertabrae. I then had an mri. Started PT in January 2012 makes things worse. So I had pelvic cat scan with contrast to see if there was something else causing the symptoms. Results came back normal. I have waited until the 10 of may to see a neurosurgeon and he told me that the herniation is not the reason for the pain. I asked where to go from there and he told me "Your asking the wrong guy." The only thing that gives me relief is the pain meds. I don't want to be on pills I want a solution to help the pain go away. If anyone has had similar symptoms could you let me know. Thank you.


  • did they check the prostate gland?
    Live to Pray
  • yes my urologist checked and it was normal.
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  • I went to my family doc this morning. He wants me to go back to the urologist so he can refer me to another neurosurgeon. I do not think they realize I have a family to take care of. But hopefully the next docter will at least find out the cause of the pain if it is not the disc.
  • i have had a lot of bladder pain,pain with bowel movements and also a lot of severe pain when i was in physical therapy and they were pushing on my spine all from my belly button down. Its not unusual to have pain in that area with herniations in the lumbar spine.
  • I have had same issue while dealing with back issues, Your neuro dont know what he is talking about, The spinal nerves get inflammed and some of the nerves go to the rectal area and its painfull as hell,

    Its like a bad flare up, I had leaking disc and was the reason for my surgery and i dont get it as often these days but it has come on even after surgery,

    All you can realy do is put heat on it and pain meds untill it lets up, it dont have to be from the herniated disc it can be from any of the spinal nerve issues in the spine,

    Each level of the discs go to some level in the lower part of our body,

    If its the same pain as i had for years as i said i know it is the most painfull thing i ever had cause its where you realy dont want it, It starts burning in the lower spine and slowly goes to the rectum,
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
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  • Thankyou all for writing back. At least I am not the only one who has had similar symptoms. I was starting to think I was going crazy.
    I called the urologist and his staff is diffucult to deal with. She quickly told me I will call you as soon as I know anything. She is not the one with pain in her genitals and I do not think they realize what it feels like.
  • The health care in ontario stinks. I just called the urologist again and was told to take some anti-inflammatory pills to help. What do they think I have been on. I asked to be referred to another neuro and they said to go back to family docter. The family doc was the one who sent me back to the urologist. Do docters care about patients or just the paycheck?
  • It is possible it is from your back. When I fell on my tailbone last year it increased my neurological symptoms to my sciatica and caused a annular tear. Well I was also having numbness and electrical shocks to my gential area and I asked my spine specialist if it could be related to my sciatica. She told me yes, it could very well be. It took a couple of weeks to get better, but I have done down hill over the past month and it has returned again. I don't mean to get into your business, are you a male? Are you have ED issues since this occured? (you don't have to answer that on here) If you are, bring this up with the nuero Dr. This points to possible nerve issues.
  • Thankyou for your reply. I am 34 yr. old male. I have not had any ED just pain.

    I have made an appointment with a neuro in detroit. I called a docter in the next big city in ontario and they told me it would be a year before I would get an appointment. I only have to wait ten days to go to detroit. I hope he can give me another avenue of treatment or something. I am tired of the pills and docters that don't care. Sorry to complain.
  • When they try to give me the run around i just tell the head nurse at the office,

    Biiiiaaatch, What we have here is a failure to comunicate ,! You are going to treat me and you going to treat me Nowwwwwww! I am not afraid to go back to prison lady ,

    Try that ! But i am not coming to bail you out you are on your own,, lol
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
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