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L5 S1 disectomy and danectamy for Cauda Equina, still same symptoms

StuartrennSStuartrenn Posts: 1
edited 09/05/2015 - 9:19 AM in Recovering from Surgery
10 weeks ago I had emergency surgery to relieve pressure from the Cauda Equina. I was told parts of my disc at L5 S1 had fragmented and we're stuck in the spinal canal compressing the Cauda Equina. I'm a 30 year old male in the UK.

My symptoms at the time were loss of mobility in the left foot and toes, shooting pains down both legs. Numbness in the left foot and calf muscle. Slow urine flow rate and bladder not emptying properly.

After surgery the numbness in left leg and foot remained. But the bladder seemed to get better. I'm now ten weeks post op and some of my original symptoms have returned. I have a bruised sensation across the lower back into both hips, I'm getting pain in both legs and my bladder is not emptying properly again.

I went to my GP yesterday morning who sent me straight to AandE where I had another MRI scan. The scan showed there was no compression on the Cauda Equina so I was sent back home with more tablets to help the bladder empty.

I can't get an appointment with my neurosurgeon until December and just wondered if any one else has had the same condition and can advise wether the pain goes away or is this something I have to live with?
I'm currently taking 3 x 300mg gabapentin, 2 x 10mg amitriptyline and 4 x 30mg codeine daily.

I was a stonemason/builder before my operation and still have not been able to return to work due to the pain.


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    edited 09/05/2015 - 9:20 AM
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