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Herniated disc - Cauda Equina


New to the forums. A few months ago I experienced back pain that grew steadily worse. I had an x-ray and was given pain meds and a muscle relaxant, but wasn't seeing any improvement. A few days after seeing my regular doctor, my legs suddenly went weak and I experienced incredible pain from the waist down, called 911, and went to the hospital. That day, I had an MRI and emergency surgery - L4/L5 laminectomy and discectomy, since my nerves were being compressed by a herniated disc.

After a month of physical therapy in a rehab center, I'm able to use a walker/cane, but still have numbness in my feet and calves, and my bladder doesn't work/saddle area is numb, but I'm very lucky, since I was only able to move one toe when I came out of surgery. :)

Still doing PT and hoping for more improvement!


  • You must of been so frightened! I'm sorry. Slow & steady is the best way forward. I know that chronic pain can be so much more than just the pain. Recovery can be very slow & set backs are normal. We're here for you! Have you read the surgery forums? I find others experiences can be informative & really help with the emotional side of things.

    Best wishes for your recovery. ;-)
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
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