I feel so blessed to have found this sight. I am a 38 year old female in great health until I needed emergency surgery last week for a large herniation of disc L5-S1 that caused a rare neurological problem called Cauda Equina Syndrome. The good news is I am not paralyzed and my bowel and bladder function has returned to normal. My right leg is still weak and I feel odd numbness on the top and side of my right foot as well as the side of my right calf above the ankle. Today I am at home having home PT services and walking as much as I can with a walker. I had been having lower left back pain for a little over a year that never radiated down my leg. Massages, heat, advil, and stretching seemed to do the trick so I never paid it much mind. This past week while at work all of a sudden I felt excruciating right sided lower back pain that went down my whole right leg. The pain was so bad I was barely able to make it home. Needless to say I did not realize anything was seriously wrong and that I had not urinated all day. I was unaware that I had no sensation in my saddle area. When I woke up the next morning I realized I had lost my bladder and fell getting out of bed because my right leg was paralyzed. A friend of mine rushed me to the ER where the doctor recognized right away what was happening. I had an MRI and was transferred to another hospital to have emergency neurosurgery. The great news and what is a complete miracle is my neurosurgeon expects me to make a full recovery because this was caught so quickly. I feel very upbeat and have a positive outlook about being able to fully recover. I was wondering if there is anyone else on this sight with a similar experience ? I would be interested in hearing your story of recovery as I am finding there is not a lot of information on Cauda Equina Syndrome. Thank you for reading my post!