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cauda equine syndrome

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
I have had low back/sciaticic pain for a couple of years ever since a really bad fall down the stairs. In the past year, since my acdf on C6/7, the pain and numbness have worsened and I cannot walk without a limp.

I have constant pain from my back to my feet, calfs and hip, and cannot feel my bum, backs of legs or toes. I have no reflexes at all, patella or achilles in either leg, and I have had some bladder problems - urinary urgency and not knowing when I have finished (apologies)

MRI and EMG show L5 bulge and annular tear which EMG confirmed has L5 root compression with mild/moderate damage

Over this past week the pain has worsened, and if I stand for too long (more than a couple of minutes) my legs start to shake. I can't stand up without holding onto something and the pain nearly has me in tears. I'm only 48

I am struggling at work as am determined not to be signed off after missing so much last year due to my cervical surgery

I am getting really worried now that this could be the beginning of CES and that one day I won't be able to stand at all - am i worried over nothing?


  • Have you been recommended for surgery? I don't know the signs of CES, but your symptoms seem worrisome. I have had pain that caused me to cry, so you are not alone. My pain originates form L5 S1. I had to get microdiscectomy for the pain in my right leg (buttock and down to my ankle).

    Take care!
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