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Old 10-24-2008, 09:29 PM   #1
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Cervical problems and incontinence

What is the connection between cervical ddd and incontinence? I ddd, moderate kyphosis and some compression of the spinal cord. I've had a medial branch block and am going in soon for a RF ablation of the affected nerves. I guess I never realized that the cervical spine had ramifications in the lower part of the body (eg the bladder) but I've been having trouble with mild incontinence for a few years now. What is the connection?

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Re: Cervical problems and incontinence

this would not be actually connected 'just" to having DDD,i have DDD as well as many others,its just something that can occur and breaks down the structual integrity of the spinal structure over time. did anything like actual herniations show up on your MRI report? i would imagine something would HAVE to be there to actually cause affectation of your spinal cord?

if you have the MRI report in your possession could you please type out the summary at the end,it would help alot in helping you in the very best ways. if you do not have that copy,get one. you simply DO need to keep your own copies of all medical records in your possession for your own files and ongoing medical care,espescially ANY real testing results like your MRIs. just knowing EXCATLY what that summary states as the bigger findings would help me tons.

before i would simply go ahead with something at the level of total nerve ablation i would most defintiely seek out getting another opinion at least from an actual neurosurgeon? don;t know who you have seen but am assuming you are seeing a PM who is doing the anesthesiology work on you right now(the injections)? the thing is,just what IS currently causing your spinal cord affectation? if THAT can be fixed,and believe me,anything that is actually compressing your actual cord NEEDS to be removed and fixed or it will become much worse over time and cause much more profound symptoms than bladder affectation. i do believe that your bladder issues if connected to your spine is actually going on atthe cord level at this point,unless there is an actual herniation compressing your cord,that IS what is causing your bladder issues,and it is an ominous sign of other things to come if it is simply not relieved at this point. our cords were not ment to be touched by anything ever,and having ANY real compression on it can create big problems in the way our body functions day to day. i live with spinal cord damage casued by a surgery where they had to actually cut into my cord back in 2003,and believe me,i have had the most insane off the wall types of symptoms occur 'just' from that damage alone and what it has affected. you simply NEED that cord compression relieved,not have your nerves burned out,that just will NOT make things any better since the underlying problem is still there and will progress over time,you know what i mean?

your actual cord compression,given what you have stated here really IS your bigger issue right now that simply NEEDS to be relieved. how many opinions have you had on what needs to be done at this point and from actual neurosurgeons? i need to ask you a question regarding your actual report? was the word "mylomalacia' used at all in any way in describing the cord compression? it does matter,i really do need to know this since it would kind of dictate the level or how much real solid impact that compresssion has on your cord. another reason you really do NEED that report in your posession.

if you could type that summary of that MRI report here(exactly the way the interpretting rad wrote it) it would REALLY help me to help you inthe very best way. if you do not have one,get one since you really just need to always have this stuff when you do have a problem that could cause you to have to make a trip to an ER or something? having that report to just show to the ER docs would save a ton of time and hassle and get you treated much more quickly. if you could also just answer the questions i have asked it would really help hon. actual cord compression IS a serious thing that in most cases just NEEDS to be relieved before anything will get better for you. the longer it stays compressed or compromised the less chance of getting back what you have lost already. just let me know. Marcia
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Re: Cervical problems and incontinence

Marcia is usually right on but my doctor is constantly asking about incontinence and before my surgery I had several "almost accidents" - there does seem to be some connection between C-spine and bowel and bladder control. My problems were C4-C7 (central cord stenosis) but I believe its the C6-C7 involved here.

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