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Nerve- spine compressed at L4 - L5

Hi, This problem is actually faced by my father who is 65 yrs old. It occurred in Nov 2012. When he was trying to move some heavy box there was slight pain in his lower back, which he ignored that time. When he got up next morning there was severe pain in his lower back and he was not able to move at all. There was numbness in his lower body he was not able to feel when he wanted to pass the urine or stools. Doctors said that he needs to be operated and the pressure has to be released from his nerve so that he can feel the movement in his limb, however there was no guarantee of survival, so we didn't get him operated and with the help of physiotherapy we tried curing it... Within 4-5 months he got control over his stools but he still not able to pass the urine on its own (we have put catheter). Now a urologist have suggested for urodynamic test which can help us stating if it will be safe to remove the catheter. Can you please guide me for the same.


  • stenosisRosesstenosisRose Posts: 489
    edited 11/12/2013 - 2:57 AM
    Has he had an MRI of his lumbar spine?

    Could be cauda equina syndrome and he needs to see a neurosurgeon or orthopedic spine specialist

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  • PrachiPPrachi Posts: 4
    edited 11/12/2013 - 11:02 PM
    Yes, we have done his MRI and doctors said it is cauda equina syndrome. We have also taken him to one of the doctor in Mumbai- India.His name is Dr. XYZ however (my dad also has a heart problem, blood pressure and diabetes) he suggested for a surgery to release the pressure from the spine however the chances of survival are less as his heart is weak. So we are looking for some physiotherapy where with some massage and exercise the pressure can be released. Right now we just want that he should be able to release urine normally like a normal person as its been a year the catheter has been put. Is there any way which can help.

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  • How cauda equina can be treated/repaired without surgery.....

    I wonder if epidural steriod injections would at least reduce the swelling around the nerve endings and maybe urinary function would be restored.?????

    Just thinking of ideas


  • Yes, right it cannot be treated without surgery but there are no chances of survival also. Okay let me check with the doctor who is treating my dad right now regarding the epidural steroid injections. I have an appointment for tomorrow for urodynamics test will check with the doctor. Anyways thank you so much for your help. Do let me know if you have any other information. Thank you so much...
  • PrachiPPrachi Posts: 4
    edited 11/17/2013 - 4:55 PM
    Hi, we have done with the urodynamics test and the doctor says that the bladder is not functioning well its very weak that's the reason he is not able to pass urine normally. Is there any way to make his bladder function normally.
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