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Old 01-29-2012, 05:17 PM   #1
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Back injuries and incontinence

I herniated a disc in my back when I was 23, this went undiagnosed for 2 years until I finaly saw a specialist. During that time I started having accidents mostly at night, at the time I thought it was due to the pain killers and muscle relaxers that I was prescribed. When I saw the specialist and had an MRI done, he discovered the herniated disc and several degenerative discs. I had surgery for the herniated disc (12 years ago) and I'm now fairly pain free.

My problem is that I'm still having accidents and they are beccoming more frequent even though I am not on any pain killers or muscle relaxers. Has anyone else had an experience like this? Did you go back to the specialist or to a GP?

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Re: Back injuries and incontinence

If the disk damaged the nerves in your spinal canal, then it may never get any better and may indeed get steadily worse. This is why any kind of back problem that causes bladder or bowel problems in considered an emergency. It's called Cauda Equina Syndrome.

Once those nerves have been compressed, there is never any guarantee that they will recover. I am having similar problems myself right now, however mine stem from a neck issue but the cause it still the same...pressure on the spinal cord, just higher up. I find out about surgery next week.

I'd go find a neurologist who specializes in treating those with spinal cord problems and find out what your options are. Not all neurologists do this kind of work.

But the reality is, this is the true hazard of back injuries...bladder and bowel paralysis. I hope you can find a neurologist who can help you.

Jenny(fused C3 to T1 and getting worse)

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