When I developed CES post op, I started leaking urine, and at first could not empty completely, or tell when I had to go....then I started flooding, in other words, I wouldn't know that I had to go, and in fact, didn't even realize that I had, until I happened to look down and find myself standing in a pool of urine. I didn't even feel it happening.
I talked to my physiatrist about
it, but he ignored it for months....not good. Ultimately, you need to see a better urologist, one who does testing to diagnose the problem. Mine was able to tell me that there is a disconnect between the spinal nerves and my bladder and bowels.
I had saddle numbness ( couldn't feel the toilet paper) or much else, couldn't tell when I had to go, and then was hit with a gotta go right now thing......it was terrible, because I couldn't hold it either.
You can have a form of CES that is "intermittent", in that, depending on the position that you are in, can cause a worsening of the compression of the spinal nerves.....
Don't mess around with it. I have to self cath every 4 hours or so to prevent having accidents, and it is no picnic. It's better than peeing myself, but it's still not alot of fun at my age.
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
POST OP CES 3/30-06
Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel, bilateral numbness legs and feet
Revision for failed Back surgery, pseudoarthrosis L4-5, hemilaminectomies L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, bmp added to revision fusion, replaced two bent screws that were reversing out of vertebrae - August 2, 2007
On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..