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Likely causes for severe middle back pain that's neg. on scans and not responsive to PT, TENS, or injections? Also leg numbness and bladder problems.

Likely causes for severe middle back pain that's neg. on scans and not responsive to PT, TENS, or injections?  Also leg numbness and bladder problems.

Varies: Presumably you have had a negative MRI of the thoracic spine, which is good at ruling out major structural causes there. Other possibilities include vascular causes, non spinal neurological conditions, and involvement of other areas of the central nervous system. Consider seeing a neurologist if you have not seen one. ...Read more

Bladder (Definition)

The bladder is a muscular organ in the pelvis that accepts urine from the kidneys, stores the urine at low pressure, & expels the urine during voluntary voiding. Though seemingly a simple reservoir, the bladder is a complex organ intricately connected with the brain and spinal cord with sensory, motor, and autonomic circuits. The muscular layer that contracts during voids ...Read more


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Have lower back pain & some bladder pain yet I have no UTI symptoms so I'm not sure what could be going on. Any thoughts? Should I see dr or wait?

See Dr: Whilst unusual, it is still possible to have a urinary tract infection with minimal symptoms. The lower back pain could also be referred pain from your lumbar spine, a common symptom of a pinched or irritated nerve. You need to see your doctor sooner for an examination as well as a Urine dipstick test to rule out an early urinary tract infection which can develop complications if left untreated. ...Read more

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Dark urine bladder pain and back pain does it mean that I have an std?

Dark urine bladder pain and back pain does it mean that I have an std?

Likely not.: It could just be ordinary bladder and kidney infection. Std presents usually with penile discharge, bumps or blisters. See your dr for reassurance. Best wishes! http://std-gov.Org/. ...Read more

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3 weeks after lap. To remove ovary urine retention, bladder pain, back pain, negative ua any ideas?

3 weeks after lap. To remove ovary urine retention, bladder pain, back pain, negative ua any ideas?

Warrants a check-up: There are a number of things that can cause this. Some of the more serious ones include a deep surgical infection or adhesions. I would suggest seeing your surgeon to make sure it is nothing that requires treatment. ...Read more

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Hi doctor I'm 28 years old female I have been diagnosed for about 8 years with IC I have severe bladder pain severe upper back pain severe bloating?

Hi doctor I'm 28 years old female I have been diagnosed for about 8 years with IC I have severe bladder pain severe upper back pain severe bloating?

Consult Urologist: We can not advice you without more information as to how long you have this condition and what treatment you have received and response to treatment etc and what tests if any have been done . I suggest you consult a urologist as soon as possible ...Read more

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Can compression of nerves in the thoracic spine cause bowel incontinence and moderate back pain?

Can compression of nerves in the thoracic spine cause bowel incontinence and moderate back pain?

Yes and No: Compression of the spinal cord in the thoracic spine can cause bowel incontinence and is a medical emergency. Compressed nerves will not cause incontinence but can result in back pain or pain traveling into the ribs, abdomen or upper leg. Bowel incontinence is the most concerning symptom. Go see you doc. ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve cause harsh lower back pain that runs down the left bum & leg , bladder pain, femoral pain and fever?

Polyradiculopathy : A pinched nerve in the low back can commonly cause back pain as well as pain in the lower extremity ("bum", leg, femur, etc.). If the femoral pain is in the front of the thigh, it is likely multiple nerves are irritated at the same time. "bladder pain" and fever may be due to a separate entity such as a uti. However, spinal cord infection & cauda equina syndrome must be ruled out->an emergency. ...Read more

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Im 34 weeks pregnant having lower back pain, diarrhea and bladder pain. Could i be going into labor soon?

Im 34 weeks pregnant having lower back pain, diarrhea and bladder pain. Could i be going into labor soon?

Uncertain: The symptoms you describe are vague and nonspecific. They could be anything from the onset of labor to a type of infection, please call your obstetrician for further evaluation. ...Read more

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I am experiencing stomach cramps, severe back pain, pain with urination, sudden urge to urinate, spotting and bladder pain. The following also des...

I am experiencing  stomach cramps, severe back pain, pain with urination, sudden urge to urinate, spotting and bladder pain. The following also des...

Infection: The major concern with your symptoms is for infection of either your bladder, kidney or possibly both. You need not mention if you have fevers but I would seek medical attention quite soon as kidney infections can be quite severe and you could become much more ill. You need t stay well hydrated. Again, see a medical provider. Good luck ...Read more

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I am experiencing bladder pain, low back pain and hip pain. The following also describe me: Back pain and Frequent urination. I am taking antibiotics and picked up azo at walmart will azo help? Been drinking straight water

I am experiencing  bladder pain, low back pain and hip pain. The following also describe me: Back pain and Frequent urination.  I am taking antibiotics and  picked up azo at walmart will azo help? Been drinking straight water

Med Choice: You say you are on antibiotics. If the choice of antibiotic does not cover the infection your symptoms will not get better. The Azo will not help either. Did the doctor get a urine culture with sensitivitiy? The test tells which antibiotics kill the strain of bacteria. Not sure about the hip pain not related to UTI Need more information about the low back and hip pain to help you further. ...Read more

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Severe sharp pain in my vaginal wall/pelvis when sitting/standing. Lower back pain. Feel like I have to poop. Started period yesterday. Bladder pain.

Needs MD visit: There are so many things that could be the problem here, that it requires a real live MD visit to sort out. ...Read more

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What are causes of bowel and bladder problems after a complete hysterectomy?

What are causes of bowel and bladder problems after a complete hysterectomy?

More info needed: In the long run, there should be no affect on your bowel or bladder function after hysterectomy. There are risks of surgery to both those organ systems, but those problems would arise promptly after surgery. ...Read more

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What are the causes of bowel and bladder dysfunction in a person with low back pain?

What are the causes of bowel and bladder dysfunction in a person with low back pain?

See below: Bowel or bladder dysfunction is what we consider a red flag, meaning there is the potential for a serious problem in the spine. It can mean compression of the lower spinal cord or multiple nerves in the lumbar spine. It can be seen with very large disc herniations as well as some other conditions that can cause nerve compression. If you have these symptoms, you should see your doctor right away ...Read more

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Lower back pain when awaken or get up from rest predominately worse when bladder or bowel need emptying?

Need more info: The symptoms you describe can be cause by diet, physical activity (not enough) or a colon problem or spinal nerve problem. You need to consult with your family physician and get an exam to help make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can groin hernias cause bowel and bladder problems?

Can groin hernias cause bowel and bladder problems?

Yes: An inguinal hernia is a hole in the muscle layers of the abdominal wall which allows a sac of the abdominal lining to come through it. That sac is open at the base and will, sometimes, allow bowel or fatty tissue or bladder to enter the sac and become irritated, stuck or in worst case injured and gangrenous. Symptoms can vary based on what is in the sac and how badly trapped and irritated it is. ...Read more

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Chronic lower back pain 3weeks after gall bladder removal as well as pain in lower back & abdomen when passing bowel motion?

Chronic lower back pain 3weeks after gall bladder removal as well as pain in lower back & abdomen when passing bowel motion?

Common problems: Back pain is common after abdominal surgery due to position on the operating table. Problems with bowel movements are also common, due to pain meds and stress of surgical procedure and general anesthesia. These should all slowly get better within 6-12 weeks after the operation. There is of course high variability Amon individuals. Hope this helps! ...Read more

Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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Incontinence (Definition)

Incontinence denotes involuntary leaks of body wastes from urethra or anus; that from urethra is urinary incontinence, which may be classified as stress, urge, mixed (stress + urge), total, & overflow urinary incontinence, signifying its timing & specifics; that from anus is fecal incontinence, which may be urge, stress, total, etc. reflecting the ...Read more