One of the most common complications post SCI:
Kidney failure, according to SpinalInjury.net, used to be the leading cause of death for individuals with a spinal cord injury (SCI). Today with the improved bladder management methods, there are fewer and less severe kidney complications to be dealt with. More common these days are difficulties arising from urinary tract related issues.
The loss of normal bladder function after a SCI places a patient at an increased risk for contracting a urinary tract infection (UTI), regardless of the type of bladder management used. A UTI can occur in the bladder, the kidney, or other parts of the urinary tract. Urinary tract infection remains the most common secondary medical complication following a SCI and it is also one of the costliest.
<ahref=”http: www.sci-info-pages.com=”” uti.html”rel=”nofollow”>Sci-Info-Pages, lists the common UTI symptoms as:
# Increased spasms of legs, abdomen, or bladder
# Feeling the need to catheterize more often (frequency) ( Intermittent)
# Feeling the need to catheterize immediately (urgency) ( Intermittent)
# Burning of the urethra, penis, or pubic area
# Mild low back pain or other aches
# Feeling “lousy” or tired
If you experience any of these, please be sure to talk with your doctor to avoid further complications.