I am new here so I'm going to give you a little info on my condition and recovery. First of all it's been a long scary journey! The on set of what I thought was sciatica was in the second week of April while on vacation. The pain started in my back and tingled down the back of my leg, the next morning I felt clumsy walking and had pain all the way to my ankle. I found standing was more comfortable then sitting so I did a lot of walking and standing. After a week I went to the my family Doctor and they gave me muscle relaxers and pain meds which did very little for the pain. Now, I am back to work and thank goodness I do a lot of standing at work because I can barely sit at all without super pain. Driving to work I get shooting pain, that makes me want to pull over to stand up, thank goodness I'm not far from work. By week two and a half my right leg goes numb from the knee down, now I'm scared! I go to my doctor again they just want to give me more pain meds. A couple days later I go to ER as I am now concerned about the temperature difference in my numb leg verses my good leg. They do scans of my veins and find I have flow so they send me home. I go straight to my doctors office because I want answers, not more pain meds. My leg is numb and I'm starting to have a saddle block and everyone want to just give me pain meds and not find out what's going on with me. At my doctors office they order an MRI of my back and couple other things. Sure enough my MRI comes back with two bulging disks and I'm sent to a Neurosurgeon who could not see me for an additional two weeks. I call the neurosurgeon explain my situation and my concern that this numbness left untreated may become permanent or worse yet completely sadle block me where I can no long work. (This causes numbness in bladder) I get on the cancelation list and two days later they call me. I'm seen on a Wednesday and scheduled for surgery the following Monday. EDITED( to remove doctor name)
sees the urgency needed to turn this condition around. I have surgery Monday go home that evening with Norco. Now, after 4 weeks I have regained some of my feeling in my right leg but still have half my foot and the achilles tendon is still numb. I'm going to physical therapy hoping that I will eventually regain all feeling. My strength in my right leg is much weaker then my left, I have nearly fallin down my stairs on a couple of occasions and have to always remember to now lead with my left foot when stepping down anywhere. When I stand for long periods of hour or so or do walking for awhile my right butt cheek tightens up and my calf. Fingers crossed this gets better with time. I also tire quicker then ever.
Has anyone else been through Cauda Equina and regained all function??? I would love to here from you!
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