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    So, as the title of this thread indicates, I have something that concerns me.

    I endured a pretty important back injury three years ago and it lead to some minor nerve damage. I'm okay right now, but my doctor says that the nerve damage could become more important if I'm injured again...and there's a lot of chances that this might happen. So I'm always kind of worried that this will lead to some form of incontinence.

    I've asked if I could go through an operation to have that injury fixed, but they told me that it wasn't "severe" enough.

    So here I am, wondering what could happen.

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    Seriously: get a second (or tertiary) opinion on this.
    See a different specialist and voice you concerns.

    It's basically impossible to give you an answer over the internet.

    the minor nerve damage you mention: do you CURRENTLY have any Incontinence Issues because of this?
    Not all nerve damage (spinal) lead to incontinence.

    And what do you mean by "there's a lot of chances..." - are you involved in any sports or work that poses a higher risk for back injuries?
    (if yes, and you already have had some damage done, maybe it's time to look for something else to do?)

    Also why exactly should another type of back injury increase the current problematic?
    I mean ANY type of back injury involving the nerves / spinal cord is potentially really bad.

    Why are you exact only concerns about possible IC issues - I believe from such injuries there are certain other potential problems that are far more sever than ic? (like not being able to walk for example or whatever else).

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    Quote Originally Posted by EPO1 View Post
    Seriously: get a second (or tertiary) opinion on this.
    See a different specialist and voice you concerns.

    It's basically impossible to give you an answer over the internet.

    the minor nerve damage you mention: do you CURRENTLY have any Incontinence Issues because of this?
    Not all nerve damage (spinal) lead to incontinence.

    And what do you mean by "there's a lot of chances..." - are you involved in any sports or work that poses a higher risk for back injuries?
    (if yes, and you already have had some damage done, maybe it's time to look for something else to do?)

    Also why exactly should another type of back injury increase the current problematic?
    I mean ANY type of back injury involving the nerves / spinal cord is potentially really bad.

    Why are you exact only concerns about possible IC issues - I believe from such injuries there are certain other potential problems that are far more sever than ic? (like not being able to walk for example or whatever else).
    I presently do not have any incontinence problems but I could develop some if I don't watch myself.

    The gist of it is that I twisted my 4th lumbar vertebrae at the level of the 5th (controls of the legs being lower than that).
    This made so that some of my nerves got damaged. I frequently go to a chyropractician when I have a lot of back pain and right now, my vertebrae is at the right place but is unable to fully play its role. This leads my muscles to work more, causing major back pain.

    Where the problem stands is that this inefficient vertebrae could twist out of its natural position again and that's what worries me. If that happens, the nerve damage could be far greater than it is now. The fact is, any physical activity let it be sports or work puts some strain on my back and I just need to do one wrong movement to hurt myself again.

    As for a doctor, I have an appointment with one next month, I'll share my thoughts on that with him.

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    I had my second spinal surgery two weeks ago. I had a cyst pushing into the nerves. Not only did they have to remove the cyst, but they also had to cut some of the spinal lining and sew and repair it. My biggest concern was that I wouldn't be able to pee, which is what happened after my first surgery. In that case, I had a benign tumor growing on the nerves. I find that I have some urge incontinence, especially if I stand up, or am running water. I simply have to get to the bathroom. I wouldn't worry about your situation until there is something to worry about. These things happen, but by being careful and taking care of your back, you should be able to avoid problems.

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    I agree that you should get another medical opinion. However, having said that, I'm always inclined to follow the adage that says "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

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    I apologise for being blunt, but EVERY HUMAN ON THIS PLANET has a risk of incontinence issues IF they damage their spine.

    If the specialist and chiropractor were that worried about you damaging yourself further, they would ban you from doing things that would damage it, or at the very worst, they would have fused your vertebrae in the problematic area.

    I will echo dogboy and Inconinmiss in stating that "you shouldn't be worrying unless there is nothing to worry about", and "if it ain't broke don't fix it!" seriously!

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    Let not forget the one fact. If you do have a operation to fix this issue. You can end up worse after the Operation.

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