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What causes frequent urination when suffering from disc herniation?

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Posted on Sat, 12 Jul 2014
Question: I have had a l5-s1 disc herniation projecting into the spinal canal for the last 28 years but in the last 2 years have been suffering with increasing urinary frequency between 2-3 times every hour and 3-4 times threw the night for the last year I have been to see a chiropractor who referred me to have another Mir scan which confirmed that I still have the same herniation he has been working on me and has eased the problem especially threw the night but am still having problem threw the day is this the symptoms for a l5-s1 disc herniation and what would you advise
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Answered by Dr. Sudhir Kumar (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Need to look for alternative causes.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Thank you for posting your query.

I have noted your symptoms. It is possible that severe disc prolapse and compression of nerves can cause urinary symptoms, however, there would be additional symptoms such as back pain, leg pain, tingling and numbness in legs, etc. In the absence of these symptoms, increased urinary frequency may be unlikely to be due to disc prolapse.

We need to look for alternative causes too. You may consult a Urologist also.

If the symptoms are due to disc disease, then, a decompression surgery may be needed.

I hope my answer helps. Please get back if you have any follow up queries or if you require any additional information.

Wishing you good health,

Dr Sudhir Kumar MD (Internal Medicine), DM (Neurology) XXXXXXX Consultant Neurologist
Apollo Hospitals, XXXXXXX XXXXXXX
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Follow up: Dr. Sudhir Kumar (1 hour later)
i do suffer with numbness in my leg cotton wool feeling also pressure on the inside of my grown on both sides there is a pain to the left hand lower back but due to the years of having this i think i have got use to it i also have on occasions a shooting pain going up and down my left leg
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Answered by Dr. Sudhir Kumar (7 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Additional information was helpful.

Detailed Answer:
Thank you for getting back with more information.

Based on the above, it is possible that disc prolapse is responsible for your urinary symptoms.

Urologist evaluation, however, would still be useful in excluding any other cause for your urinary frequency.

Best wishes,
Dr Sudhir Kumar MD DM (Neurology)
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What causes frequent urination when suffering from disc herniation?

Brief Answer: Need to look for alternative causes. Detailed Answer: Hi, Thank you for posting your query. I have noted your symptoms. It is possible that severe disc prolapse and compression of nerves can cause urinary symptoms, however, there would be additional symptoms such as back pain, leg pain, tingling and numbness in legs, etc. In the absence of these symptoms, increased urinary frequency may be unlikely to be due to disc prolapse. We need to look for alternative causes too. You may consult a Urologist also. If the symptoms are due to disc disease, then, a decompression surgery may be needed. I hope my answer helps. Please get back if you have any follow up queries or if you require any additional information. Wishing you good health, Dr Sudhir Kumar MD (Internal Medicine), DM (Neurology) XXXXXXX Consultant Neurologist Apollo Hospitals, XXXXXXX XXXXXXX Click on this link to ask me a DIRECT QUERY: http://bit.ly/Dr-Sudhir-kumar My BLOG: http://bestneurodoctor.blogspot.in