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Cauda Equina Syndrome

I have just heard of this. My doctor has ordered a MRI for Monday to determine a diagnosis, but she said to go to the ER if symptoms worsen before then. My symptoms are acute thigh pain and deep pain in left buttock, unconscious incontinence, impacted bowels and sharp, shocking pain when sitting down or standing up. Does anyone have any experience with this?
SF-based CHC


  • ...as you are. I have had several disc herniations. Most recently, I herniated my L5-S1, where I also have something called spondylolisthesis. I've been slowly developing concerning symptoms for a week or so. Occasionally, it would take several minutes to start a urine stream. Then, horrible pain during a bowel movement...felt like nerve pain (not hemorrhoid, etc). Tonight, I'm starting to feel like I've been on a 4-wheeler for an hour. My buttocks is "buzzing" and getting numb. I also haven't had a bowel movement in four days. Eek. Nothing seems to be moving. I've not completely lost control, so I'm waiting until tomorrow to call my doc. But...it doesn't look good. I'd bet on surgery sooner before later. My feet are numb too, but that's from the repeated herniations.

    You and I may be in the same boat. Hang in there!!! It's treated with a decompression surgery...not necessarily a spinal fusion. In my case it will be a fusion, because I also have spondylolisthesis. I've already discussed my surgical outlook with my neurosurgeon.
  • Kimberly and Notgivingup,

    I am and was in the same boat. My condition was or is that my L4-L5 was a grade 1 antrolisthesis. It was just enough to cause me great pain. Legs were numb, my back never held an alignment when I went to the chiropractor. I also have a slipped disc in my neck. Had bowel issues that would last for weeks. And when I did go, it was a trickle at best. Pooping was non existent. Then when I did go, it hurt like a bowling ball was coming out. I did develop a hemeroid. Grr,

    Had surgery for laminectomy and they had to fuse my L4-L5. But thanks God I didn't have to get screws and bolts.

    I am praying for you both. I'm told that if I take my meds, listen and do everything the doc says I will get through this faster and back to normal life. Patience is my obstacle. I want results now, lol.

    It has been two weeks so I am counting down the days until I can get out and about like driving again.
    Praying for you both. May God keep you safe and give you patience through this tough time.
    Atlasmiss [\]
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