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Incontinence and DDD

I was diagnosed with cervical degenerative disc disease over 30 years ago.  Lately I am experiencing bowel problems/incontinence and wonder if it could be associated with my DDD?  Any insight in this matter would be most appreciated.


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,630
    I have read many situations where Lumbar Spinal Stenosis can cause some bladder and bowel problems, but I do not remember coming across anything about cervical DDD causing this problem. But after dealing with a condition for 30 years, and now all of sudden you are experiencing this problem, I would have it checked out by a doctor to verify.

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  • bkvfuller I don't know of connection to cervical area, but please call your dr as those symptoms can be a serious indicator regarding other spinal issues. I had cuada equina syndrome that had incontinence as symptom and let me to emergency spine surgery.
  • Suggest seeing your neurologist and, if you are female, a uro-gynecologist.  This can certainly be connected to spinal cord compression or it may be due to structural or functional issues such as the bladder not emptying properly, that may be totally separate from spine.

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