I have had my L5-S1 micro-discectomy on 14-Nov 2008 and I was doing great till 45 days elapsed. I was still in a bit of leg pain though but overall my condition was better.
After this period, I started on spine strengthening exercises ( I myself asked the doc for these exercises Sad ) and since then it has been a downhill progress.
After 3 days of such exercises I felt a bit of nerves tightening and then loosening in my low back area for 5-6 seconds. From the next day, the symptoms started with loss of feeling in the bladder and bowel and then considerable loss of sensation in my legs but motor function is intact. I also have numbness in my groin region and also a bit of saddle anesthesia. My back is also numb and the back pain I feel is as if it is a distant pain ( feels like stupid of me to tell it this way !! ). There is also a lot of throbbing in my left leg.
The repeat MRI shows no pressure on the nerve roots but a bit of swelling in the soft tissues at the L5-S1 level.
My surgeon ( though famous ) refuses to believe me and tells me that since I still have control over bladder and bowel and that only the feeling is missing, and also since I am able to walk, its fine !! He says he will do something is any of this function is compromised !!!!!!!!!!!
I have read a lot of material on cauda equina and all my symptoms seem relevant to it, though slowly developing. I am scared that the situation will further deteriorate.
1) I am not able to understand how the MRI can show no pressure on the nerve roots and still I have symptoms of nerve root pressure.
2) Can the soft tissue swelling near L5-S1 level cause such symptoms and will I regain the sensations lost in my bladder, bowel and the legs ?
I went to a different neuro-physician and he suggested that the symptoms should slowly come down within 2 weeks and that this might have been caused by improper exercise and also the soft tissue swelling.
Anyone having any advise or information, please let me know.
Take Care All,
L5-S1 micro-discectomy for large central disc prolapse on 14/11/08.
Disc Bulge with small annular tear at L4-5 level.