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Low back pain/frequent Urination

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  • Posted By: Lost soul
  • April 27, 2007
  • 11:54 AM

Hi,
I’m 32 yr old Male living in London.
A year ago I started suffering from a sharp lower back pain, frequent urination particularly in the night, intermittent aching in my testicles, constipation, and very mild urinary terminal incontinence and a general feeling of not being able to empty my bladder.

Thinking this was possible prostatitis I saw the doctor, after three dismissive failed attempts to help I asked for a referral to a Uroligist. I then under went a DRA, flexiblsyscoscopy and then a CT contrast scan of my lower organs.

The flexy into my ureathra revealed that I did not have a urethral narrowing but a well defined bulge in my bladder, the CT scan revealed the bulge to be compact stools in my bowl pushing on my bladder. The CT scan did not point to anything else so there was no need to have a biopsy. The specialist suggested lots of fibre and a very healthy diet, I was already on the case and due to the fact that the symptoms were easing he was happy to discharge my case from the hospital as there were no other signs of anything more serious than chronic constipation.

I always keep fit and healthy and can only assume that the chronic constipation was a result of a very stressful period at work during the previous year. My diet was also very good.

After several weeks although symptoms had eased I still had low back pain and frequent urination. An osteopath that I had been visiting said he felt that I could have some kind of trapped nerve within my vertebrae.

I decided to go back to the Doctor who although reliably unhelpful sent me for an x-ray on my pelvis. This predictably showed no signs of anything abnormal.

At this point months on and feeling completely lost and really no further forward I decided to have a colonic irrigation and go through a complete colon cleanse. I started taking a product called oxy powder which cleanses the whole intestine through oxygenation, the results were amazing, it appeared to completely alleviate the back problem and other symptoms, and I felt fantastic.

After several weeks I stopped taking the Oxy powder and everything seemed to resume to normal, no back pain, no more frequent urination and regular bowl movements. I enjoyed this pain free period for about two/three months.

However a visit to the Golf driving range the week before last has triggered everything back again! An hour after hitting Golf balls seemed to cause a killer lower back pain, followed by aching testicals the and fowl smelling urine.

Back to the Doctor who took a urine sample for a possible UTI showed negative! The Doctor thinks it could be a muscular/skeletal related problem, the osteopath thinks it could be Spondylolysthesis (trapped nerves between vertebrae)

I’ve have had tests at the GU Clinic for SDI/UTI’s which were all negative, kidney tests, blood tests, ultra sound on my testicles & bowl, urine flow tests and all of the examinations mentioned above, all of which were negative.

I’m lost and finding it hard to concentrate at work and I’m having to avoid exercise, which I love,

Sorry for the long draft but can any one shed some light on this, do I need a designated MRI on my spine.

The symptoms are starting to get on top of me and I don’t know what to do.

Lost soul.

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  • I read your story while searching the web for answers myself. I ahve had lower back pain for 11 days and at first they said I had an infection in my kidneys. After 3 days on an antibiotic, no change. Then I had a cat scan and nothing showed but a small compacted colon. I'm doing amild laxative but so far after 2 days my back still hurts. My pain is only on my left side. Back and abdominal. Sounds like we ahve similar problems
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  • Have them check your spine. T12 refers to the testes and this is also the area where you probably rotate a lot when you play golf. Testicular pain can be a symptom of cancer of the spine at T12.
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  • I two been suffering with the same symptoms since I've been a teen and I am 23 years old, and it is getting worse. Before 2006 I had several different time urine tests for infection only one doctor gave me antibiotics, but it helped until they were done the pain was then back. Every time I go to see a doctor they remind me it is just chronic constipation, but never test me for other things. In 2006, I had my gall badder remove (which was other pain I had at the same time) due to it stop working, no stones were present. But I still have this consent pain: Around my belly button, lower back, and at times I get pain in chest; even whole body ache all over.I notice it gets worse with some foods, but gets better with others. At times one food will relive my constipation but later it might not. Because now I have more instance low back pain that it could be cancer in back or other organs. And all I can come up with and be saying to my doctor is that my colon is pressing against my bladder. With no insurance and no trusting doctor I am a lost of what to do about; till it is resolved I am losing sleep because of the pain I roll over in the bed, even when I am the type to lay in a position and stay there-not any more.
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  • I two been suffering with the same symptoms since I've been a teen and I am 23 years old, and it is getting worse. Before 2006 I had several different time urine tests for infection only one doctor gave me antibiotics, but it helped until they were done the pain was then back. Every time I go to see a doctor they remind me it is just chronic constipation, but never test me for other things. In 2006, I had my gall badder remove (which was other pain I had at the same time) due to it stop working, no stones were present. But I still have this consent pain: Around my belly button, lower back, and at times I get pain in chest; even whole body ache all over.I notice it gets worse with some foods, but gets better with others. At times one food will relive my constipation but later it might not. Because now I have more instance low back pain that it could be cancer in back or other organs. And all I can come up with and be saying to my doctor is that my colon is pressing against my bladder. With no insurance and no trusting doctor I am a lost of what to do about; till it is resolved I am losing sleep because of the pain I roll over in the bed, even when I am the type to lay in a position and stay there-not any more.
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  • I would suggest a blood test for herpes 2; half of the people don't have outbreaks and it can cause bladder irritation and really bad lower back pain...
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  • Hi Guys,My Experiance With Back Pain Started 7 Yrs Ago, I Too RanI Could Run For Hours Through Gorges In 39 Degrees I Trained In A Form Of Martial Art, Very Fit Could Take On The World.My First Sign I Thought Was A New Pair Of Trainers, My Right Foot Would Go Dead, This Would Slowly Increase With Time.Eventualy Nigly Pain In L4-l5 Mid Spine Got Sharper And Sharper, In The End Forcing Me To The Ground In Pain, I Ended Up With Bladder Loss In Emergency, With Mri Showing Spinal Tumour {schwannoma}Second Round Was Not Long After App 1yr Slight Pain Lower Spine, Only Degenetive Disc? Apparantley Nothing To Be Concerned About And Told To Get On With Life, I Did.A Car Accident 2 Yrs Later Had Me Again In Constant Pain, No Sleeping On Pain Killers, And Looking For Answers And Help, Eventually 2.5 Yrs Later After Collapsing In Shopping Center Etc No Quality Of Life For Me Or My Family They Did An Discophy This Showed That I Needed A Spinal Fusion, I Was Booked In With 2wks For Surgery.Now Almost 2yrs Later Im Still In Pain A Lot Better No Collapsing But Still Can Only Do So Much, They Are Now Looking At Upper Spine Pain Into The Chest Which Is Not Stones In The Gal Bladder Or Not Showing Anything On Mri.So Im Off Again On The Medical Treadmill, My Only Hope Is This Time I Will Not Be Told That It Is All In My Head !! Good Luck Guys, You Are Not Alone, There Is A Lot Of Us Out There, But Sometimes I Know The Nights Are Long And Lonely When You Are In Pain. Just Take Each Day As It Comes And Trust In Yourself As You Know Your Own Body
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  • chronic constipation can cause lower back pain, and the distended rectum with stool can press on the gallblader causing all the urinary symptoms that you described. It seemed that your symptoms totally resolved after treating the constipation, and they returned after you stopped the treatment. My suggestion would be to request an MRI of the lower back or see an orthopedist, and if everything is normal, be aggressive treating the bowel issues.
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  • i am 34 ysr m from india suffering from lower back pain, urination pain at the end and bad odor smelly urine with frequencyi tested for infection..... normalisome times i feel to urinaTE AFETR 10 MIN TO GO URINATION I AM SUFFERING LOT. I TOOK CRENBERRY JUICE THE URGENCY AND RESIDENCEY MUCH REDUCED.ANY DOCTOER OR EXPERIENED PEOPLE PL HELP ME SORT OUT EMAIL : aei_india@yahoo.com
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  • HelloI'll briefly tell you my story. I had all of your symptoms following:a) cartilege operation that refusd to heal properlyb) 2 x 70 mph car crashesPaid to see all the 'best' specialists, physiotherpists, osteopaths in the North West over a 6 year period from 1994 to 2000; eventually accused by one member of the medical profession that it was mental rather than physical! I am a trained scientist so read everything I could about it and came to the conclusion it was musculoskeletal. Discovered via the internet about a technique called Rolfing which 'realigns' your body but found out it was only practiced by about 10 people in London. Made contact with them but because of geographic distance they suggested 'Bowen Therapy'. Found a guy in Warrington who did Bowen Therapy. He told me straight away that my pelvis and tailbone were out of alignment, 5 sessions later and 6 years of pain had gone so much so that I ran the Great North Run in 2000. Been fine ever since.RegardsCW
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  • I am 40 year old female from Bangalore, India. Since more than 2 months I am suffering from frequent urination problem. I have been to my gynec and a urologist. All my tests are fine. No diabetes, no infection, scan is ok, (my post void bladder showed 13cc of residual urine, which the doc says is ok).I AM GOING NUTS here! I feel scared to venture outside my home as I feel that I have rush back within an hour. I feel constant irritation and pressure in my bladder. I don't know what to do. Somebody please help me.I am a vegetarian who exercises regularly. I was once very heavy(200 lbs) but now I weigh 125 pounds. My gynec and urologist say that my symptoms are psychological! But how does that cause a full bladder? Could 14 km walks have affected my back and TWISTED some nerve ? I do tend to over exercise.....sit ups, weights etc.SOMEONE PLEASE HELP ME OUT!Desperately seeking a cure,Jo
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  • This may be outside your comfort zone, but have you thought about seeing either an accupuncturist or a chiropractor? My mom had a pinched nerve in her spine and the doctors told her she'd be paralyzed by 40. She saw a chiropractor and he fixed her up. She's now 45 and can walk farther than me. Even just getting a consult instead of letting the dude crack your back may shed some light on the situation.
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  • To Jo.If you are nervous or stressed, your blood pumps faster and is filtered more frequently by your kidneys. Therefore your bladder gets fuller faster. If you are stressed then your brain could cause that. Your brain could also just be telling your body that your bladder is full when its only half full or three quarters, like a sticky needle on your dash board measuring gas for your car.This could be caused by a number of things. Projection (your stressed about work so the symptoms manifest themselves as frequent urination, etc), trauma (you had a bad experience in a public washroom, etc)So thats how this could be caused psychologically. Other things that may cause frequent urination are sleep disorders and back injuries. I had an aunt who injured her back when she was my age and she lost all control over her bladder. Not sleeping properly ca cause it too. If you are only getting 3 lvls of sleep, but not your delta slp (lvl4) then it could explain it, but you'd likely have more symptoms.Maybe talk to a psychologist just to test the whole 'psychological' theory out. Wierder things have happened (In england circa 1930s, sexually repressed women's hands would go numb for no physical reason)
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  • did you get a blood test for herpes 2?
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  • I realize your message is old. Did you get relief for your symptoms?
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  • I read your story while searching the web for answers myself. I ahve had lower back pain for 11 days and at first they said I had an infection in my kidneys. After 3 days on an antibiotic, no change. Then I had a cat scan and nothing showed but a small compacted colon. I'm doing amild laxative but so far after 2 days my back still hurts. My pain is only on my left side. Back and abdominal. Sounds like we ahve similar problemsIt could be an enlarged spleen if it on you right side. You should get a CT scan to see.
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    • November 11, 2010
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  • If you have back pain problem then go with Acupuncture Treatments.Which also help to balance your health level.Acupuncture cans delicacy 90 percent of all illness.There are other benefits also using Acupuncture like,Foot pain,Leg pain,Back, neck, shoulder pain and other also.Acupuncture treatments and its benefits of Treatments is base on naturalmedtherapies.
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    • November 15, 2010
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  • There is a condition in which I forgot the name but the nerves in your lower back are the same ones used for your bladder, so if you have lower back pain you also have to frequently urinate and cannot empty your bladder at once. I believe this requires a lower back MRI to see if there is nerve damage.
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