I could really do with some advice or any input regarding my current situation. I am a 32yo female, have a normal BMI and in relative good health other than some issues with my back and a diagnosis of pernicious anemia.
I'm currently waiting for an appointment to see a Urology Consultant having had repeated lower UTI's after a nasty kidney infection back in April which required hospitalisation. I only managed to see a GP last Tuesday, but have had a private referral so it hopefully wont take too long to come through.
My main concern at the moment (hence the private referral to speed things up) is the development of urinary incontinence (seems to be overflow type, not stress or urge) since around a fortnight. This happened pretty much overnight - one day I was fine, the next day, not so fine! I also have pubic pain and some mild grumbling pain in the region of my kidneys, which is becoming more frequent. Kidney or bladder stones are a possible cause, however fairly unlikely as the pain isn't severe enough. I've not had children so it can't be anything to do with childbirth. I had an ultrasound in April which revealed that my bladder is not emptying fully, with around 50ml residual urine (at the time) present after voiding. And, having had previous spinal surgery in May 2014 (Discectomy) and February (Laminectomy) of this year, my GP an I are concerned about nerve damage being a cause.
With this in mind, I'm a little bit worried at the moment as I have started getting some localised back pain without sciatica. It's reminiscent of a disc herniation or similar as it's a sort of jabbing pain upon particular movements, and otherwise a dull ache. The pain is not at all severe, but enough to notice, plus is new and different to my 'usual' pain these days. Some pain is to be expected after surgery as it is not a cure all, but I'm fretting a tad about this given its emergence with sudden incontinence along side it. I did develop continence issues prior to my latest surgery and got assessed at my local A&E for Cauda Equina Syndrome, however was told it was nothing to do with my spinal cord being compressed. Lo and behold though, surgery cured the incontinence and I have been fine ever since. Well, until now that is.
I'm just not too sure whether I am overreacting, and don't want to create a fuss over nothing. My pain threshold is quite high, and I am used to being in pain too so it's somewhat difficult for me to judge whether this is of significance or not. I'm thinking of just keeping an eye on the back pain and waiting for my urology appointment to come around (I would not consult a Doctor over the back pain alone), but would be really grateful if anyone could offer their thoughts on this, or share a similar experience with me.
If I need to get assessed then I will do so, however don't want to be a drama queen! Plus the fact the last time I was assessed at A&E I wasn't overly convinced by their conclusion, so I don't know what to do for the best really. They don't have a neurosurgical team at my local hospital, so the last time the Junior Doctor who assessed me just liaised with an Orthopedic Surgeon, whom I assume would not have been a spine specialist, as this is not something they can offer at the hospital either. I have thought of calling NHS Direct, however thought they might err on the side of caution and recommend getting it checked out so as not to get sued!
Many thanks for reading this - I appreciate it's lengthy!