Last week I went, with my 10 year old son, to the chiropractor because he has had a aching knee for a couple of weeks. After a quick examination, she asked whether his Spina Bifida Occulta had caused him any problems. At which point you could have picked me up off the floor. She could obviously see the look of panic, stress and disbelief on my face and quickly went on to try and reassure me that it was extremely common and mild form of Spina Bifida and often shows no ill effects or symptoms. She showed me the dimple in the small of his back and said that it can sometimes cause weakness or numbness in the legs or lack of bladder or bowel control. Anyway, I have since read everything I can find on Google and we had an appointment with the GP this morning. It appears that his very late potty training, persistent urgency and ongoing bedwetting could all be associated with Spina Bifida Occulta. It doesn't appear that there is any cure, as such, and so where we go from here goodness only knows. What the GP couldn't answer is that with this condition being so common (upto 1 in 10 of the population) why he had never been tested for this before!! Anyway, the GP has referred him to the paediatric urologist, so hopefully we may get some help and advice when we eventually get an appointment.
Am I the only one who, before last week, had never even heard of this condition, let alone realised how common it is and how it can be associated with incontinence?