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Does sciatica contribute to or cause incontinence?
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Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management
In brief: Possibly
If sciatica is causing incontinence, you need this evaluated as it could suggest a more severe compression of nerves.
if this does not resolve soon, see a spine evaluation .

In brief: Possibly
If sciatica is causing incontinence, you need this evaluated as it could suggest a more severe compression of nerves.
if this does not resolve soon, see a spine evaluation .
Dr. Qamar Khan
Dr. Qamar Khan
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
In brief: Not sciatica but the
Sciatica is caused by a nerve compression or irritation resulting in pain radiating down the leg.
If nerves that supply the bladder and bowels are compressed as well which occurs in 1% of disc herniations, then this can lead to urinary retention and when the bladder becomes overfilled, then some incontinence may occur. This is a true surgical emergency that needs to be addressed immediately

In brief: Not sciatica but the
Sciatica is caused by a nerve compression or irritation resulting in pain radiating down the leg.
If nerves that supply the bladder and bowels are compressed as well which occurs in 1% of disc herniations, then this can lead to urinary retention and when the bladder becomes overfilled, then some incontinence may occur. This is a true surgical emergency that needs to be addressed immediately
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Dr. J. Patrick Tokarz
Family Medicine
In brief: No
No but they may be related.

In brief: No
No but they may be related.
Dr. J. Patrick Tokarz
Dr. J. Patrick Tokarz
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