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Possible Cauda Equina Syndrome!!! Help

Hey guys, new to the forum here. Life has been so hard since this hit me back in Aug. 13 2015. I will remember this date forever because I feel as if my life will never been the same. So a small background to my story, during that time I had a L5/S1 2-3mm central disc bulge from a deadlifting injury back in May. I had taken the most stupid decision by seeing a chiropractor in August, and that was when all hell broke loose. I didn't know any better and I regret it so much On Aug. 14 I had gone to the ER because both of my legs started tingling and lower back pain was unbearable. I started to have the urge to constantly pee all the time and felt like my anal tone was beginning to get loose. I felt like my bladder and bowels were never relaxed. ER doctor requested an emergent MRI, which showed a L5/S1 5-6mm disc bulge with no stenosis. This greatly confused me because I knew something was wrong. They had sent me home with pain medications. 3 days after that i followed up with a orthopedic surgeon and neurologist. Took a look at my MRI and said there's nothing wrong. This drove me insane because I knew something was wrong. In between this time I had gone to the Emergency room almost 6 times because my condition was only getting worse. I presented them with the worst stabbing pains and burning pains across my legs, genitals,lower abdomen. None of them believed me. I got 3 more MRIs of the lumbar spine with contrast and a thoracic and cervical spine to rule out any thing. I followed up with 2 neurosurgeons and 1 fellowship trained orthopedic spine surgeon all telling me the same thing that I didn't need surgery. All that was recommended was physical therapy. No one believes its cauda equina syndrome, because I can still walk. I have muscle weakness and pain in my legs which i explained to them. By Dec 2015 I had already developed saddle anesthesia and have lost sensation across my entire bottom half. I hardly ever feel hungry and my stomach never realizes when its full. I can drink almost 24oz of water without feeling full to the stomach. I am so confused and exhausted with trying to find an answer to this issue. I feel as if regardless of what I do from this point, I have no chance of recovery. Being only 22 years old, I feel as if everything was taken away from me. I lost my job, I was not able to finish my bachelors degree, and have lost almost all my friends. The only thing keeping me sane is my GF of 7 years. I really don't know what to do at this point, because money is also an issue when it comes to these doctor visits. I feel as if these Doctors are not telling me the truth and diagnosing me just so that they cannot be liable for anything. I posted a photo of my MRI, I will post more up later. I just don't understand how this disc bulge is not causing any stenosis. Maybe partial Cauda equina? Hoping for some insight from you guys, thank you.


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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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