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bilateral sciatica - and Cauda equina syndrome - Anyone?

dax0007ddax0007 Posts: 66
Hello all! Well i was on this site when i first started have back issues in Jan 2011.. I went thru 5 months of mooderate type pain.. I was very lucky not to have the pain some people discribe.. Anyways I started working out(lightly) and doing cardio on the eliptical .. I felt pretty darn good from June to Oct 2011, then last saturday(about 9days ago) i started having mild to moderate lumbar discomfort.. this last for 4 days.. I could not do much cause something was wrong.. I do not recall doing anything.. Anyways. I was not to concern i just figure i did something and hopefully in a month it will be gone, BUT THEN after 4 days of back pain i started have LEFT LEG shooting/cramping type pain for 2 days, then it started in my right leg. So NOW when i walk i have pain in BOTH OF MY LEGS- basically from the backside of each THIGH into the CALF muscle. feel like someone is squeezing my calfs.. Sitting down, laying down, & just riding the indoor bike easy DOES NOT bother me so i assum this is some type of sciatica, BUT WHAT SCARES ME IS how BILATERAL SCIATICA can be related to Cauda equina sundrome..

My last MRI in March 2011, bacially stated:
l1-l2 no issues
l2-l3 a broad based bulging annulus cause mild bilateral neuroforminal narrowing nad mild central canal stenosis

l3-l4 a broad based herniated disc ostephyte compex is seen. there bilateral facet and ligamentous hypertrophy. there is moderate bilateral nerioforminal narrowing and modeate central canal stenosis.

l4-l5 broad based herniated disc ostephyte compex is seen. There is also bilateral facet and ligamentous hypertrophy. There is moderate bilateral neuroforaminal narrowing and moderate canal stenosis

l5-s1: a mild bulging annulus cause mild central canal stenosis and mild bilateral neuroforaminal narrowing

Do i got some issues, but after seeing 3 different DOCTORS they said i am nowhere near surgery yet..

I am just freaked becuase of the relationship of BILATERAL sciatica and CES dieases... I will make another appointment to see a neuro again. I am sure he will want a NEW MRI//

BTW_ i dont have anyother issues with my body fuctions.



  • BTW-Thank for anyones info!

  • It is good that you have seen 3 doctors, and have obviously had an MRI scan done.

    If they are saying that you are not in need of surgery, then I am sure that is the case.

    I would say that Cauda Equina Syndrome is a very rare condition. Try not to stress about it, but make yourself familiar with the symptoms, and if you start to get them, let your doctor know straight away.

    I had very severe stenosis in my lumbar spine for a long time as I was trying to avoid surgery. My cord (cauda equina as it was my lumbar spine) was being kinked and severely squashed. My doctors told me it was amazing that I was managing to walk. I did have severe bilateral sciatica, but never had any symptoms of cauda equina.

    I hope that you will not need surgery, ever, but at least for a very long time.

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