Hello and best wishes
Well, 6 years on and still no real answers. The MRI taken at the hight of the problem identified stenosis and disc protusion but no reference to CES.
Cutting a long story short, I think it started following an innocent cycle ride, 6 Years ago. Lower back in agony. I had the pain in the rectum and the need to urinate often. Sexual dysfunction set in after about one Week.
I saw countless doctors who simply prescribed pain killers and rest. Over the next 3 Months, the back pain and rectum pain resolved. Bowel and bladder function seemed okay but sexual function impaired.
3 Years ago, whilst lifting a heavy box by mistake, I suffered severe left leg sciatica. Again, the need to urinate increased and I’m sure anal sphincter muscle became weaker. My left leg has also weakened and the muscles thinner.
I went to the Emergency at hospital but they more interested in how I got to hospital and not in the symptoms. I saw a back specialist and was discharged within a few hours. 2 Weeks after, I had an MRI and three Months later, the results. Again the physio ( not back specialist ) just confirmed that there had been a prolapse but also evidence of spine narrowing.
To- date, I have little back pain, but am aware that I would be in agony if I lifted a heavy item. I can walk normally for miles. I get some twitching in the left leg and occasional numbness and pain in the right leg. Sexual function is impaired. Bladder and bowel function appear okay but sometimes feel the need to urinate more often, less feeling and crampy bowel.
I think there is clear signs of nerve damage but with no back pain after 6 Years, it is difficult for me to get my doctor involved.
Thanks for reading and I appreciate your input