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Neurogenic Bladder after Spinal Cord Injury


Neurogenic bladder is a condition that causes loss of control of bladder function after a spinal cord injury (SCI). After a SCI, you may not be able to feel that your bladder is full. You also may not be able to stop your bladder from emptying. Your bladder may get overfull and stretch. Urine may back up into your kidneys.

Kidney, Ureters, Bladder


Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Help control your bladder function:

Healthcare providers can teach you how to control your bladder function with a bladder management program. Bladder management programs help teach you ways to empty your bladder. You may need to urinate at specific times each day. Ask for more information about bladder management programs.

Drink liquids as directed:

Ask how much liquid to drink each day and which liquids are best for you. Limit caffeine.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have a fever and chills.
  • You have nausea or are vomiting.
  • You feel burning when you urinate.
  • You have pain in your abdomen or lower back.
  • You have bladder spasms.
  • You see blood or clots in your urine.
  • You are urinating less than usual.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • You have severe pain.
  • You cannot urinate.

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