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Unread 04-17-2005, 05:15 PM
can old back injury cause problems with pelvic floor nerves?

I hurt my back years ago at work. I did housekeeping in a mental facility for almost 12 years. I hurt my back, but never got treatment for it. About 6 years ago I hurt my back again. This time I went to the dr. and also had a cat scan done which showed bulging discs and arthritis inbetween them from that old injury.I went through physical therapy for 2 months to strengthen the abdominal muscles, which really didn't help much. My back aches alot. Some days are worst than others. I had my hyst a year ago and also had prolapse repairs 2 1/2 months ago. In the last few months I began experiencing stabbing pains in my rectum and vagina. I had rectal tests last week and am waiting for results. I did find out right after the tests that the nerves in my left side of my rectum are not right. That is the side with all of my pain. I was just wondering if back problems can cause the nerves to screw up like this? Does the back have anything to due with the pelvic floor functioning? I didn't even think to mention the back problem to the colon nurse practioner who did my testing. I also developed stress incontinence in the last few months. MY abdominal muscles stay pretty sore and I just wonder if all of this area and the soreness and pains can be related?
I know I cannot diagnose myself as I am not a dr., but just trying to piece the pieces together.
Thanks for any input
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Unread 04-17-2005, 05:58 PM
can old back injury cause problems with pelvic floor nerves?

((((Peggy))))) I'm not a doctor, so can't really answer your question. However, I have back problems (just a very weak back) and I know that this results in poor posture in addition to the back pain. Since the pelvis is linked to the back, it could be that the two are linked. That's definately something I would mention to my doctor.
Unread 04-17-2005, 08:48 PM
can old back injury cause problems with pelvic floor nerves?

I was wondering how you were doing today and was going to email you. You need to get better girl!!

As for back pain, yes, if you carry your body even slightly different, it throws everything for a loop. I have a torsion, one muscle on one side of the back sit deeper than the other. This has caused one of my hips to be higher, and my pelvic bone to be off, and it did not connect properly after Ds was born. So yes, it is possible that the back issues are causing some of the pelvic pain. As ((((Dany)))) said ask your doctor, and I would request a referral to a physical therapist who can then tell you how you are aligned, and what can be done to fix it. I pray it is as simple as that, because if it is, it may take some exercise and work, but that way it is controllable.

Peggy, I pray for you often, that you find an end to these issues, and that you find peace and happiness, that you so very much deserve....
Love Kat
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Unread 04-19-2005, 12:44 AM
can old back injury cause problems with pelvic floor nerves?


I have just come home from my preop. I am having back surgery next Tuesday - lumbar decompression laminectomy.

I have had a bad back for years, but two years ago, I got like an electric shock feeling down my back and have been in pain 24/7 since then.

We have tried every alternative, physio, hydrotherapy, back pain management classes, all to no avail - so surgery is the last option.

Whilst I was having physio, the physiotherapist was big on doing pelvic floor exercises, because yes, in females the back and pelvis work together.

I have had stress incontinence since before my hyst, but the past few months it has gotten worse and it is all part and parcel of the multi-layered spinal canal stenosis that I have. I also have a protruding disc that is pressing on my sciatic nerve, which in turn sends shooting pain from my butt to my toes (thank goodness at this stage it is only left leg). My calf and my four little toes have been either totally or partially numb for the past two years. Another part of the stenosis is weakened muscle function in the leg (which I am showing early signs of). Also, the bowels can also get to the stage where they let go.

This surgery has been a long time coming and I am looking forward to being on the road to recovery again.

I don't know if this information is very helpful to you, but it may be something to ask your doctor about. The stenosis is arthritic boney growths in the spinal canal, and that is what I am having removed from the 2-3 3-4 and 4-5 lumbar regions of my spine. Mine was diagnosed with initial CT scan and then an MRI to get a clear picture of severity.

I wish you all the best and hope that you get some relief. I can truly empathise with you.

Hugs and regards
Unread 04-19-2005, 06:04 PM
can old back injury cause problems with pelvic floor nerves?

The last couple weeks my left upper leg(on the back side) has started making popping sounds when I walk. It just doesn't feel right. I also have a strange pulling feeling on the top of my left toe off and on. I never thought any of this could be related, but it just could be I guess.My back aches alot. I do have arthritis from a old injury inbetween L5 and L6 I think it is.The arthritis and bulging discs showed up on a cat scan 6 years ago.
While at work today I had alot of pain shooting into my left side of my rectum and my vagina. I hope the cause of all of this is determined soon. I am tired of being sore.

I'll post when I know more.
Unread 04-19-2005, 07:22 PM
can old back injury cause problems with pelvic floor nerves?

(((Peggy)))) Another thing that could be happening is that the prolapses, etc. could be causing bad posture or a bad stance or sitting position which, in turn, could be resulting in the leg and feet pain. One thing I learned, over the years, is that these things can turn into a viscious circle where one problem is affecting another ailment which, in turn, affects the first problem Like when the hyst resolved the bursitis issue by, I guess, removing the pressure and the all the bloating
Unread 04-21-2005, 07:46 AM
can old back injury cause problems with pelvic floor nerves?

I heard from the colon dr. yesterday. My rectal testing came back normal, which was good news. My colon is working properly. I have been able to go much better since using the Miralax, metamucil and eating raisin bran every morning. She also told me to add a stool softener and come back in six weeks.I don't see any need in going back. The nerve tests is what had me concerned. She told me yesterday that she couldn't locate one of the nerves she was looking for on the left side. It was the one that is right next to my vagina where the shooting comes from. She also said if I have nerve damage their is nothing she can do.
I took a long walk yesterday evening and my upper back leg popped the whole time until I had one of those awful pains shoot in my lower left vaginal area. I doubled over with pain. Once I was able to walk again I no longer felt the popping sensation. It is almost if something slides over. It is a very weird sensation. Later in the evening the popping sensation returned.
My GYN referred me to a pelvic floor specialist who deals with support problems, but I don't know if I will persue this problem or just live with it. Since the anal tests came out ok I don't know any other way to find out what is going on. I guess there are muscles and things in the front that weren't tested.
I am so tired of trying to figure things out.Maybe this is just what I am left with.All I know is, it is a real problem and I don't like the pain it causes me. I can be fine, then all of a sudden with the next step I can be bent in half with pain.


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