Hi, Going to see my second ortho tomorrow. I have 2 herniated disk they are the lower ones (can't recall the proper name) . I have a difficult time peeing. The last ortho didn't have any answers. Anybody have this problem and what was done for it. Thanks
Whenever lumbar herniation and bladder dysfunction happen together it is considered an emergency. If you are having problems getting the urine to start or unable to empty your bladder, that is a possible sign of cauda equina syndrome. How long has this been going on?
My first surgeon told me that even when it is caught within hours the damage is often permanent. I had been 10 months with the inability to tell when my bladder was full and having no bowel control. Mine is permanent. I have to urinate on the hour to make sure my bladder does not overfill (could damage kidneys and causes me to be incontinent).
Make sure your orthopedic surgeon has a fellowship in spinal surgery.
Yes please go to ER and tell them your problem. It is a very serious condition.
I have spondylolisthesis and a herniated disc at L3-L4 and have problems sometimes. I will be seeing a surgeon this Wednesday. Good luck
I am sorry to hear how bad this has affected you. I saw the ortho today and he doesn't think my problem is related to my back. So I don't know what to think. I'll talk to my GP tomorrow. Thanks for the reply and take care. Wishing you the best.
Sorry I forgot your question about how long. This is been about 6 months or so. I have been seeing doctors. I have the need to pee and have to push very hard at night time. Day time is better but not perfect.
Last edited by JacquelineH; 04-13-2009 at 05:39 PM.
Please don't let this get minimized. The inability to start the flow is the most common of the many symptoms of CES. If you have not been to a urologist to have testing, ask your PCP for a referral. The urologist can tell if you have a neurogenic bladder which will lead you to a neurologist to test where the nerve damage is coming from.
There is a lot of information about Cauda Equina Syndrom on the net and even a really good support group that has a wealth of info.
Great! You are going to the specialist that can check for neurogenic bladder. Before you go, you should get a urination diary, available online, and detail your regular/irregular urination throughout the few days prior. This will be a great help to you in explaining what is happening and it will let the urologist know that you are an informed patient.
We have to be our own advocate. If we do not take the initiative to know our bodies and what the possibilities are, we can allow an overworked medical system overlook us. It is true that knowledge is power. I wish I knew in 2006 what I know now.