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Having lower back pain with raidation to groin and bladder

I had an mri done and it showed no disc bulging or disc degenration. At that time I was having severe lower back pain although I could still bend and flex normally as well as numbness in left leg and diahrhea. The back doctor gave me a medidose pack and pain relievers and after I started taking those I started to have weak stream and the feeling of blue balls( dont know what else to call it) at my symphosis pubis but my last was still loose but not just mostly water like the last couple of weeks.

I still felt numbness in the left leg although it was not as bad as before and even started going to a chiropractor to get adjustments just in case. After the first few adjustments my leg numbness has dispersed. I am still curently having flare ups at my lower back but that comes from sitting for short periods of time. Rest usually does the back good (but tight and I need to stretch it out) but leaves my bladder feeling like what I mentioned before.

I mean it sounds like severe nerve damge to be having bladder and bowel problems. I will say I have no paing when I am walking or even running ( testing waters with the running)

This is killing me not knowing what I am looking at. The back doctor said there is no way you could sprain your back. Is that true? And if it is not could I have strained my back so bad to have caused these symptoms?

I know something like this takes time to heal. Like months to heal. But it is scaring me not knowing what I am going through.


  • Nerve damage is used way too often when there is no proof of nerve damage, Usualy compression on the nerve can cause bladder issues and as far as I know that needs to be looked at as nerve that controls the bladder and such can be serious,

    You need to see a specialist and make sure they know you have bladder issues from your spine to make sure it's not very serious, Pain going to the groin I get also even after surgery,

    Blue balls ? Well I don't have that so can't say much about that, Have you been doing a lot of traveling over seas like African jungle ? Maybe you picked up something from there causing an outbreak of blue balls syndrome ?
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
  • Ok so this is 3 years in the making it seems. I was just reviewing things on lower back pain as I am still having bouts with it.

    I no longer have numbness going down my left leg or any of the aforementioned bladder issues and such.

    HOWEVER, I still to this day have lower back stiffness and pain and I have had multiple X-rays and MRIs. 

    Ive been to physical therapy and have had dry needling done and it helped a little. 

    I guess it seems as if this lower back stiffness (also tight around the hips) will never really go away. It feels more muscular. Like the muscles are tightening trying to support an issue somewhere.

    Being that I am now 26 years old I can only imagine where this will lead when I get to be in my 30s and 40s.

    i can't really sleep well anymore (as your can see I am typing this at 2:50am) I try to stay away from medicine. That and every once and awhile depression creeps in. 

    Research has led me to multiple different conclusions on many different occasions as I am obsessed with trying to find relief. It comes and goes. Worst time is in the morning. 

    It seems this may be a si joint issue. And from reading a few things here it seems like mri and X-rays are never really the answer because they never show anything.

    I still work out and play basketball, although it may be time to hang up the sneakers. I'm probably not helping my case there. 

    What I haven't read is if there is such a thing as a back scope. Where the doctors can take a look at what's going on in the area I'm talking about?

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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    I am curious, what kind of doctor are you seeing? Pain management doctor?

    My primary doctor tried to work with my pain about two years before referring me to pain management.
    Best thing for me!

    He did a variety of tests on me that revealed issues with my spine.
    I also brought to him the CDs of previous tests, not just the written impressions, and he reviewed all CDs and saw much that was not noted on written impressions.

    By the time I was referred to him, besides out of control pain.... I was so sleep deprived. It was crazy making to me, wanting to pull my hair.
    I was so irritable with people. I was haveing occasional hallucinations. It was horrible for me.

    My PM doctor did a sleep study on me, and I thought he wouldn't be able to see much as I didn't think I slept well.
    But he saw something and was able to treat me for it. That was huge help in itself.

    You mentioned MRIs never show much. They do not always show everything, but at times they can be very revealing. Everyone has such different situations.

    But if ordered by doctor, it is good to have a base, and to rule out other issues, which is also important.
    In my case, Doctor continued with other tests that at the time I never even heard of. Those tests proved revealing of many issues with my spine and he was able to plan my treatment accordingly.

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