Back pain / BPH any association?

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Along this journey of BPH / Urine retention / Tamsulosin / Urolift, etc etc.    I have for the last 3 months been dealing with lower back pain,  it's pretty much constant and when I get up from sitting or from bed I am stooped over a few minutes until I can get straightened out then I seem to be ok until having to bend over.

Reported it to my Uro doc and he just says to put my hands on the wall and stretch out my hips and butt.   

Just wondering if any one has been dealing with this as well?

    I just don't know if it is related to always having a partially full bladder.

Thanks!

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    Yoga always helps me whenever I get this type of issue. Twists are particularly good for me (keeps sciatica at bay).
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    Hi Anthony

    I think it might be related to bladder problems, I had retention and have to wear a catheter for over 1 month now waiting to be operated on my enlarge prostate, my urologist asked me if I had back pain because of my swollen bladder so it`s related, I do have some back pain but tolerable.

    John

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      Thank you John.   I have an apt with my doc in a couple of days, as well as another Uro doc in June.    I am very interested to see what they say.

         I too feel that it has something to do with my bladder.   I will keep my eyes open for other men having the same symptoms.

      The best of luck to you with your operation!  What type of operation is it anyways ?

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      Hi Anthony

      Thanks for getting back, ok yes we must keep our eyes open to grab as much info as we possibly can because if we rely on urologist we might be missing some stuff that could improve our conditions.

      As for me well I had urine retention and I did not know about it until I got sick and felt nauseated, then went to ER, they did blood test and my Creatinine in my blood was 230 way too high, probably caused by the urine retention going back in my kidneys, so after many tests they told me that my prostate was huge and needed to be operated so I had to wear a cath in the mean time and I'm don't feel like self-cathing so it's the only option until the operation, I seen 3 different urologist and opted for the best prostate operation on the market the HOLEP (Holium laser enucleation of the prostate) is a modern alternative to the standard Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP) procedure for bladder outflow obstruction due to BPH, much less bleeding, fater recovery time.

      All the best to you too

      John

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    Back pain issues are very common, especially from age 50 on. Best guess: sciatica. Take your docs advice and do stretching. Google to find best stretches for sciatica and low back pain. Do stretches daily for month and pain should subside. As a runner and mt. biker believe me I know about back pain and sciatica.
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      Bill, thanks for your input!   I know that we all should make stretching a part of our daily ritual, and I will try harder at doing it on a reg. Basis.

             I was thinking about setting an apt with a back specialist and perhaps get a few X-rays just to get a look around.  And hopefully the implants from my Urolift will show up as well.   I would like to know if it is related to a constant semi full bladder.    I am not a cyclist nor a runner, which I know running is hard for a back.   I guess I better use that gym membership a little more often.  Have a nice eve.   Thanks again!

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      They could be related. Back problems can cause nerve damage depending on the situation. When I had a problem urinating a few years ago, they did a cystometry or something like that. Said I had an atonic bladder, meaning a weak bladder muscle wasn't forcing the urine out. 

      Because I had lower back problems including sciatica, stenosis, bone on bone at L4-L5, the urologist referred me back to the Neurosurgeon I had been seeing. They did MRIs to see if they could relate my urinating problems to my lower back issues. It was not conclusive, so nothing was done. I have been putting off the recommended fusion of my lower back for 6 years. 

      So I wouldn't rule it out...

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