“Frequency of urination and low back pain” is today’s episode, and the points covered are:

  • Frequency of urination
  • Kidney infection
  • Cauda Equina

Frequency of urination

This means going more than 7 times a day, assuming you’re drinking two liters of fluid in that time period. People who are healthy, go less and more than that. The key thing to look for is: Has there been a substantial change in the frequency of urination? Did you alter what you drink or consume? Foods, drugs and vitamins will also increase the amount of times you urinate.

Kidney infection

If you developed both low back pain and frequency of urination, it doesn’t necessarily mean there’s a common cause. It could be completely separate issues. However, you may have a kidney infection, in which case you should consult a doctor. Does it burn when you urinate? Is there often pain or discomfort in you low back? Does the pain ease for a while after you’ve peed? If this is the case, go get a medical consultation.

Cauda Equina

This could be another cause for frequency of urination. The Cauda Equina is a bunch of nerves that passes down through the central vertebral canal. There’re also nerves that go to the bladder, the bow and other pelvic organs. It’s possible if you have sciatica, it could be due to irritation within that virtual space, causing irritation to one of the tributaries of your cyanotic nerve. The cauda equina also has nerves that go to the bladder. It’s certainly possible that you could have something in that area irritating one of the tributaries of your cyanotic nerve. There’s also irritating the nerve to the bladder. You can have a disc problem in the low lumbar spine affecting the Cauda Equina.

Frequency of urination is an increased frequency, not incontinence. If you have trouble stopping urination, that’s incontinence. Either it starts spontaneously or you think you’ve stopped, but actually there’s some leakage afterwards. If you’ve developed either or both recently, seek medical assistance and medical advice. This is not something that you should be popping along to your physical therapist to sort out.

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