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First off, I would like to say that I am so fortunate to be alive and walking on my own after a frightening CAS experience. My neurosurgeon informed me that I was less than 12 hrs off from being permanently paralyzed! I had a larger than gold ball size epidural abssess pressing on my spinal cord...L4-S1 along with a massive infection in my lower back. I had a L1-S1 incision to be taken care of....With that said my left over pain and pressure is in my lefy buttocks and rectum and perineum area. I am lucky to get into a renown spinal infection neurosurgeon who is taking care of me ...looks like I have some L-4 impringment . Enough said...Being alive and being able to walk on my own is my outcome after major CAS. IF you have major low back pain and cannot urinate or have a BM, call 911 and get to the hospital ASAP for an MRI - I was going to my regular DR and the ER and no one was diagnosing CES therefore, the clock was ticking !!!! YIKES ! I am happy to find this website to share my experience and learn more ....Hopeful to get this pain and pressure fixed as it came after surgery in SEPT 2016 and I am patiently awaiting it - the pain and pressure -to go away ....