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Loss of bowel controll

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.

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  • Minie

    Welcome to Spine Health

    Sorry you are having to deal with all this, any time you have a change in bowel or bladder control report it to your doctor immediately

    Take care and keep us posted

    Chip

    challenger
    Veritas-Health Moderator


  • Thank you so very much!  I think in some way the disc which is flat or close to it, has moved and now pressing on the lower middle area of L4/L5 .I did call the doctor and they have scheduled an MRI as well as an appointment with my PCM. I trimmed back on my eating of solid foods because seems like it goes right through.  I'm really thankful for this site, the internet of information and I'm learning to be my own health care physician 

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  • dilauroddilauro ConnecticutPosts: 12,072

    As Chip stated, this is something that should always been looked into sooner than later.

    I also suggest to not do the Internet researching to attempt to identify your condition.  So many people attempt this and in a few hours they come up with every possible problem it could be.   It only can cause anxiety and start to drive you crazy.

    Let the professionals do the diagnosing.  Having the MRI scheduled sound like a very positive step in identifying the cause of the problem.

  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,443
    edited 07/10/2019 - 4:15 PM

    Minie

    I agree with Chip and Ron on contacting your doctor immediately, which you did. 
    I started having the same problem several months back. I notified my PM doctor who order a MRI. It came back showing every disc from L1 to S1 was ruptured. L4-L5 had already ruptured again after being fused. At least I now knew what was going on.  Knowing what not to eat helps as well as I am not taking any opioids. I keep Depends on hand for the bad days, just in case.

    Being your own health advocate starts with knowledge. This site if full of articles and videos, all done by doctors. Below is the Master Index where you can find almost anything. Learn how to talk to your doctors and understand them.



    Take care and keep us posted.

    Sandra
    Veritas-Health Forum Moderator
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    Please read my  Medical Story  
  • Wow! All of you are fantastic and I so really appreciate you taking time to respond.  I had the MRI today but I have to go back on Thursday of this week to get the results. However, they don't seem like it is a matter of urgency or warrants any immediate attention.  Mean while, I still can't eat solid food (I tried over the weekend) and today just only eating some toast because I'm going to our son's graduation and I can't rush to the bathroom. Thanks for the depends idea memerainbolt - so I guess I need to carry one or starve (smile). I could afford to loose a few pounds, on my way to 8 so far in 2 weeks. Just didn't want to loose it this way.  I do have a very good and caring Orthopedic doctor, who wouldn't do the surgery I kept pressing for because he wanted to be certain he had covered everything that could be done and that it would be the last option. I do like to look up what might be going on with my body or any information the doctors give me so that I can understand what they are talking about. If I had not looked up about the loose bowel I would have not known that it could be related to my back. I am so thankful that I did and that's how I found this site!  However, all of you are correct some people do get carried away and become frightened so I will still keep your advice close as I go through. Again, thank each of you and please keep me posted on your well-being, sounds like we are all in this together!

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  • Received my MRI results today (they took x-rays as well) and it is a severe bilateral L5 nerve root impingement!  There was other findings but this is the main reason for the bowel situation. Last night I began feeling heavy pressure in the lower pelvic area-felt like I was having a baby!!! Well that is apart of the nerve impingement. The NP wanted me to see a Gastrointestinal specialist until I informed her of the Cauda Equina Syndrome and that I had did some research on it and she looked like this lady knows her stuff! She then said that she wanted to review my file with the doctor since I was worse from when I seen her 3 weeks ago. So no specialist and I should know about the possibility of surgery in a few days. I understand my back may still cause me discomfort but I believe I will get majority of my life back. Just keep my eyes on what to do and not to do. I am excited. Thank all who responded and your encouragement!

  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,443

    Minie

    Thanks for the update and so glad you are getting answers and progress with your doctors. Keep a positive attitude, it will go a long way.
    Take care and keep us posted.

    Sandra
    Veritas-Health Forum Moderator
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    Please read my  Medical Story  
  • I am glad you got answers, waiting is usually the hardest part, hopefully it moves quickly now

    Chip

    challenger
    Veritas-Health Moderator


  • Thanks for following up with me and the positive responses. Being able to share with others that can "literally feel your pain" relieves the stress that can come with these back issues. Happy Summer!  :)

  • Minie

    That's the beauty of this forum, you are able to communicate with others that know what you are feeling.

    Take care and keep us posted

    Chip

    challenger
    Veritas-Health Moderator


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