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    Old 02-13-2014, 03:12 PM   #1
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    Nerve Damage affecting Bladder Function

    Greetings --

    I've posted a lot recently as I seem to be deteriorating rapidly and new things keep happening.

    I went to see a urologist who confirmed that my bladder is retaining urine (i've had some urinary issues lately)....and we have some more tests to go but it looks like its due to nerve damage and the nerves no longer communicating with the bladder.

    Has anyone ever experienced something similar? Have any idea what it means for the short and long term?

    I have a dessicated and protruding disc at L5-S1 that is protruding and impinging the nerves...32 yo male.

    Tests monday to rule out all other factors -- in the meantime want to know what this all means.

    Thanks all.

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    Re: Nerve Damage affecting Bladder Funtion

    When there are bladder and/or bowel issues like a sudden loss of control, incontinence, etc. it often stems from a problem at the L5-S1 segment. I'm not suggesting this pertains to you, but anyone who has a herniated disc or other issues at either L4-L5 or L5-S1 should look up "cauda equina syndrome" and learn the symptoms of it.

    I suggest you look up CES and read about it on several different websites that are information oriented and not trying to sell a product. This is a very serious ailment and requires prompt medical attention. If something pressing on the nerves is causing the bladder issues and suspected to be CES, it is important to get the affected nerves decompressed quickly. If the nerves are left in this state, the damage will likely be, for this reason, it is important to seek treatment quickly.

    I would suggest you call your spine specialist or neurologist right away and discuss this with him/her. It may turn out to be something else that is causing the problem, but at least you can rule out CES.

    How long ago did you have a MRI?

    It sounds like perhaps you cannot afford to wait too much longer to treat that disc....

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