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is there a link between sciatica and urinary tract?

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Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 52 years experience
There can be: If a patient has a cauda equina syndrome or an injury to the s1 thru s 4 nerve roots there may be direct injury to the nerves that control the urinary and bowel sphincters and contracting muscles of the bladder. If you are having problems ease see your pcp for a referral to a neurologist & urologist.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
There can be: Rarely, about 1% of disc herniations, there can be a sciatica associated with bladder control issues as well as with bowel control and decreaaed sensation in the anal and crotch region. This is a very serious problem that needs to be evaluated immediately. It is called a cauda equina syndrome ces.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 17 years experience
Possible: Some of the nerves exiting the spine will go to the urinary tract and can control some functions of the tract. Sometimes when these nerves are injured you may have trouble urinating or even have accidents because you cannot control the stream.

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