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cauda equina syndrome?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,670
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:29 AM in Lower Back Pain
This is a bit embarrassing, but it concerned me. This morning I had a regular bowel movement, but about 10 minutes later as I was in the kitchen, I wet myself. Not a lot, but enough to freak me out. I just felt urine slowly dribbling out for about 5 seconds. I when I tried to stop it, I couldn't seem to. But now several hours later and a couple normal urinations later, all is well. I went for a post surgery contrast mri last thursday, and I see and go over the results with my doctor 2 days from now. Should I be concerned? Like I said, all is fine now but I've never had that happen to me before. Any feedback from those in the know would help. Thanks.


  • Call your doc now and that's all there is to it. Call now, end of story.
  • Yes, this is an emergency...call Dr ASAP.
  • I am not sure how this works, but I am responding to "Craig" the first person that wrote asking for help in this posting or beginning of a Forum. As I said, I am a neophyte to this whole genre.

    Craig, I just read about cauda equina syndrome. When it begins to occur it generally is an indicator that some nerve damage has begun. Nerves may never grow back, and if they do it is at the speed of a slug. (very slow to regenerate, if at all). Your age would indicate that there should not be any narrowing of the spinal canal as in lower lumbar stenosis, but I am not a doctor.

    I sort of feel like I am having the same problem, Craig, but it also could be brought on by medications such as pain medication and muscle relaxants; but you did not mention taking meds in your post. I wish you luck, and if your diagnosis is cauda equina syndrome, it is better than many other diagnosis.

    Most Sincerely,
  • I am also responding to Craig, but really have no idea how to do so!

    I would like to talk to someone who has had Cauda Equina Syndrome surgery since it looks as if I might be getting it pretty darn quickly!

    I have searched this site under "CES" and I can't find any description of exactly what they went through for the surgery. It seems as if it did not work in a lot of cases which is a concern.

    What was the "down time?" How long is the surgery? Pain afterwards? A feeling of relief? I am not frightened of "surgery"; just want to know what is involved in CES operation.

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