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A 37-year-old member asked:

Is there a connection between sciatica and urinary tract infections?

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Dr. Madhu Kandarpa
Nephrology and Dialysis 9 years experience
Not really: Pain due to sciatica may mimic pain due to kidney stone/ colic. Otherwise there is no real relationship.
Dr. Justin Lo
Pain Management 21 years experience
Not that I know of: Typically not unless there is severe spinal cord injury or chronic opiate use causing urinary retention resulting in chronic infections as a result. This is still very unlikely. Other causes may be iatrogenic, ie chronic steroid injections for sciatica causing immune suppression; however, that is also unlikely.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Is there a relationship between sciatica and urinary tract infections?

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Dr. Howard Adler
Urology 31 years experience
It is possible: If the nerve impingement from the herniated disc involves nerves that supply the urinary bladder, then a patient may have incomplete bladder emptying which could increse the chances of developing a uti. You should see your physician so that they can obtain a kidney and bladder ultrasound as well as refer you to a urologist for further evaluation.

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