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Can you tell me the function of the cauda equina?

Can you tell me the function of the cauda equina?

It is a descriptive: Term used to label the nerves emerging from the end of the spinal cord which usually ends at the L1 level in most adults in a region termed the conus. Cauda equina or " horse's tail" is the appearance of these nerves as they dangle from the conus or end of the spinal cord as they transverse and exit through the lumbar and sacral spine regions. ...Read more

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Dr. Behnam Myers
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Cauda Equina Syndrome (Definition)

The cauda equina is the "horses tail" of the nerves at the tail end of the spinal cord below the waist level. These nerves subserve the bladder, bowel, and legs. If the area is compressed (lumbar stenosis) or a tumor is present, the nerves can be damaged, which may cause initial neurogenic claudication (with activity) or leg ...Read more


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Can you tell me about cauda equina syndrome?

Can you tell me about cauda equina syndrome?

Compression at base : Of spinal cord and early nerve roots in spinal cnal, which can be a serious emergency and would need surgical intervention. This syndrome includes not only pain, but loss of control of bladder and/or bowel (loss of continence or retention), numbness on the insides of your thighs and groin area, occasionally weakness in legs. If suspected, see physician immediately. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how could i treat cauda equina syndrome naturally?

Can you tell me how could i treat cauda equina syndrome naturally?

Not an option: If you have a true cauda equina syndrome, it is a surgically emergency as progression or prolonged compression of the nerves can lead to permanent paralysis. There is no natural treatment. Some people confuse spinal canal stenosis, which can respond to pt as a non-surgical treatment, but true cauda equina syndrome needs neurosurgical assessment. ...Read more

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Can you tell me long-term effects of cauda equina syndrome?

If uncorrected: It can lead to paralysis due to either progression of cause of pressure or prolonged pressure on the nerves in that area. ...Read more

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Is it possible for cauda equina to present without extreme pain? Where would pain be? Is there a complete loss of bladder function?

Is it possible for cauda equina to present without extreme pain? Where would pain be? Is there a complete loss of bladder function?

Not likely: There is a difference between cauda equina syndrome and conus medullaris syndrome. I have not seen painless cauda equina. Every patient I have seen is in excruciating, going to die, kind of pain. On the contrary, conus medullaris syndrome is often completely missed after thoracolumbar injury. Numbness of the saddle area of the groin with bowel & bladder dysfunction are present with hyper-reflexia. ...Read more

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Not sure why this happened, but doctor says I have cauda equina syndrome. Am trying to figure out what it is before I tell my boss.?

Not sure why this happened, but doctor says I have cauda equina syndrome. Am trying to figure out what it is before I tell my boss.?

Painwhen you set: Injuring the coccyx can give rise to a condition called coccydynia.[12] [13] a number of tumors are known to involve the coccyx.; this could pain when set some when you walk also when defecate, or having constipation. ...Read more

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Had cauda equina, had surgery 4 month before, bladder function didn't came back, urodynamics shows nerve problem. Will function be back.I am only 24 yrs?

Had cauda equina, had surgery 4 month before, bladder function didn't came back, urodynamics shows nerve problem. Will function be back.I am only 24 yrs?

Uncertain,it depends: Prospects for recovery depend on the duration and magnitude of the dysfunction prior to corrective action. It also depends on the completeness of the decompression. It may take up to a year or more to find out if the bladder functional loss was reversible. ...Read more

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Had cauda equina, did surgery 4 months before, bladder function has not come back, urodynamics showed nerve problem, will it come back.I am only 24 yrs?

Had cauda equina, did surgery 4 months before, bladder function has not come back, urodynamics showed nerve problem, will it come back.I am only 24 yrs?

There is a chance: There is a good chance the nerves will regenerate but it will take time. I'm sure your surgeon can give u better odds. Treat your depression if ur getting it, it's frequent in these situations. Physical therapy may help, don't give up hope. I assume u are self cathing. Don't wait too long and let ur bladder stretch. That can be a seperate problem. Good luck, there is technology that may help. ...Read more

Dr. Behnam Myers
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Cauda Equina (Definition)

Spinal cord ends at upper lumbar spine (l1-2 level) and become a bundle of nerve roots, which look like horse tail. It passes bony tube inside the lumbar vertebrae while sending out nerve roots at each spine levels. You can easily visualize the anatomy on-line if ...Read more