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Hi I would like to share my experience with cauda equine. While searching on the internet I came across so many sad stories that I feel like I should also share mine.
I am 24 male , five months ago I fell from a height of about 25 feet and broke my back. I had L3/L4 burst fracture and I was unable to stand after the injury. I could move my legs, there was no loss of power in my legs. After reaching the hospital I realized that I could not pass urine or stools, there was almost no sensation in that area. Doctors inserted a Foleys catheter and I was given stool softeners.
Two days later I underwent L3, L4, L5 laminectomy and L2 to S1 fusion. After the operation the neurosurgeon told my family that the injury was really bad and I was unlikely to ever recover, nobody told me this at that time which was a really good thing.
I was asked to stand and walk after a week, I could do both, but while sitting I could not feel my buttocks, it felt like a box is attached to my hips. I did bladder training for two months by clamping the catherter. It was removed after those two months. I could now feel the urge to pass urine but passing urine required me to put a lot of pressure using the abdomen muscles. I started to pass stools on my own 15 days after the surgery but again it required a lot of pressure and there was no associated urge to pass stools, I just did it at fixed times everyday. I also could not get an erection.
For five months, I did kegel exercises everyday and ate really healthy food. I was also given calcium tablets and gabapin. I stopped taking gabapin after two months. There was a lot of very short lived burning pain in the genital area and hips, there still is but now I don't have any numb area in the hips. The burning pain is from regenerating nerves. I can also pass urine, the urine stream is very good and now I also get the sensation that the bladder has emptied. I can also get erections and able to ejaculate as well. Urinating still requires some pressure but it is way better now. Yesterday I visited the neurosurgeon and he was really happy and shocked that I made a recovery.
Sorry for the bad english, it is not my native language.