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    Hello: I have been cruising the internet looking for answers and found this site.. 5 weeks ago I fell thru/off the roof of the pole shed we were completing (18ft Fall) and landed mostly on my left side (foot n behind) breaking my pelvis in 2 spots and compression fracture of my T11 & T12 7days in hospital, i am now off the walker and onto forearm crutches and Jewett brace, my question is does anyone else occasionally suffer from intense sphincter pain? my tail bone region also feels like it has just been kicked, it wakes me at night and only seems to occur while lying down, i also have almost no sensation i need to urinate until i stand then watch out i have to go NOW!!!! (this is a serious question)
    Last edited by fromnwmont; 10-31-2011, 01:22 PM.

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    Welcome to CareCare, fromnwmont. There are many people here who share your symptoms and will be able to relate to your post. I have a couple of those issues myself, although my SCI is caused by MS and not a traumatic injury. So don't worry about not being taken seriously! Again, welcome and best wishes on your rehab.
    MS with cervical and thoracic cord lesions

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    • #3
      I am concerned that you did not only have fractures, but also some damage to either your conus or cauda equina.

      How is your bowel control? Your sexual functioning? All three are commonly impaired with cord or nerve root damage in this area.

      Have you been examined by a neurologist or good neurosurgeon? Seen a physiatrist? You also need to see a urologist and have urodynamics done at some time. Your residual urine amount needs to be checked now as well.

      (KLD)
      The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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      • #4
        Thank you for your response.. My bowel control does not seem compromised although like my sensation to urinate I have very faint sensation having been a morning person all my life I go sit on the toilet after a cup of coffee and things happen with no straining, I did joke with my wife that my penis has become and "introvert" since the accident rarely peaking out in "normal" fashion ALTHOUGH i have had an erection since (this weekend). to date i have only seen my P.A., orthopedic Dr (pelvis) and back specialist/surgeon.

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        • #5
          You need a good conus/cauda equina exam, and you need to see a urologist. Please push for consults now.

          (KLD)
          The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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          • #6
            Thank You SCI-Nurse i have an appt with my Dr next week i will bring it to his attention,,

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            • #7
              Dr did not hear me last visit

              Originally posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
              I am concerned that you did not only have fractures, but also some damage to either your conus or cauda equina.

              How is your bowel control? Your sexual functioning? All three are commonly impaired with cord or nerve root damage in this area.

              Have you been examined by a neurologist or good neurosurgeon? Seen a physiatrist? You also need to see a urologist and have urodynamics done at some time. Your residual urine amount needs to be checked now as well.

              (KLD)
              Sci nurse: I guess i learned a lesson i mentioned my inability to feel the need to urinate or have a bowel movement at my last Dr visit and got not responce from the Dr, so after your text i brought it up yesterday and in less then 1hr i was laying in the MRI machine he was very concerned to the point it almost scared me! after no responce last visit i shelved it as maybe being "normal" when the reality was he said i did not hear you mention it last visit.... Thank you...

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                Originally posted by fromnwmont View Post
                Sci nurse: I guess i learned a lesson i mentioned my inability to feel the need to urinate or have a bowel movement at my last Dr visit and got not responce from the Dr, so after your text i brought it up yesterday and in less then 1hr i was laying in the MRI machine he was very concerned to the point it almost scared me! after no responce last visit i shelved it as maybe being "normal" when the reality was he said i did not hear you mention it last visit.... Thank you...
                Man that really sucks that he didn't hear you. Whenever I see my doctor if I have more than just one or two questions I make sure that he takes notes and comes up with a plan of action to follow regarding each of them before I leave. That way I am sure that he is aware of at least the things that concern me. Spend a little time here reading some posts from people that have suffered similar injuries to your own so that you can also educate yourself about things that you should keep an eye on. If your doctor is general practitioner like mine is you will find that he probably does not know shit about spinal cord injuries. They are not common enough that every doctor sees many sci patients. I know that I am the only one my doctor has ever had.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by fromnwmont View Post
                  Hello: I have been cruising the internet looking for answers and found this site.. 5 weeks ago I fell thru/off the roof of the pole shed we were completing (18ft Fall) and landed mostly on my left side (foot n behind) breaking my pelvis in 2 spots and compression fracture of my T11 & T12 7days in hospital, i am now off the walker and onto forearm crutches and Jewett brace, my question is does anyone else occasionally suffer from intense sphincter pain? my tail bone region also feels like it has just been kicked, it wakes me at night and only seems to occur while lying down, i also have almost no sensation i need to urinate until i stand then watch out i have to go NOW!!!! (this is a serious question)
                  Hello
                  Welcome to Care Cure. Sorry you had to find us but glad that you did. You have come to the right place. Are you a fellow Veteran? If so you should go to your nearest VA or one that has an actual Spinal Cord Injury Center. Nurse KLD can help you with finding one if your a Veteran as she works at a VA I believe Spinal Cord Injury Center . So sorry to hear about your accident and injury, Don't let the doctors fool around with your injury. You should get the right help soon. If your not a fellow Veteran I'd call your health insurance company and ask to speak to a Nurse Case manager that handles your type of injury and ask what doctor(s) in your area that see and treat patients with your level of injury.
                  Wish you the best of luck and also a speedy recovery.,

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