Hello! I am new to the forum and I hope to get some information from someone that maybe affected by this issue. I am a female-62 years of age with a Lumbar issue in the L4 & L5 area of my back. I have been dealing with this for almost 2 years and in that time both of my SI joints have been fused which reduced a great deal of pain and has allowed me to stand up straight. I am very happy with the results.However, the lower back is still a issue in that it caused me to take a early retirement due to not being able to stand, sit, walk, bend or do anything and all have gotten worse. In that time I have had a few steroid injections, epidural injections, numerous x-rays, several MRI's and a Discogram which showed positive. Recently (about a month) I have noticed a change in my bowels and it is so that now I rush to the bathroom to keep from having an accident. Whenever (or in between) I have to urinate, I also have a loose BM. Not sure what this has to do with DDD but in my research the bulging or clasped disc could be pressing a nerve. I have an appointment in the middle of August to discuss where to go from this point, however after the information I read I intend to contact my physician in the morning to inform him of this issue and to see if I can be seen sooner. Thanks for any information in advance.