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How Do Physicians Diagnose Cauda Equina Syndrome
Story, exam, tests: It is something that is uncovered by the person's story [inability to empty the bladder (and bowels), occasionally incontinence; usually numbness in the private area]. A rectal exam will provide some additional evidence. It is confirmed (if present) by imaging such as MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). It is considered urgent. If you have symptoms go to your doctor or emergency room/urgent care. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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.?
I have sciatica symptoms doctor ignoring cause hypochondriasis not taking me serious. I will get paralysed from cauda equina syndrome right? Pls help!
Sciatica: Sciatica in 20 year olds is rarely due to a central cord lesion it is usually due to a disc pushing on the nerve root at the neural foramen. It is unlikely that sciatica will progress to cauda equina syndrome. If your symptoms are significant then see a back specialist, and they can examine you and determine an appropriate treatment plan. Most episodes of sciatica resolve on their own in a month. ...Read more
Had cauda equina syndrome, did disectomy, laminectomy. Bladder still not emptying, doctor order urodynamics, will it show some result through testing?
Speak to your : Surgeon about repeating a MRI with contrast to evaluate surgical outcome to make sure adequate decompression and no recurrence or new disc issue. Sometimes , there may be ongoing issues that may or may not be permanent and a urodynamics test may help to evaluate this situation further if MRI is negative. You will get additional information but this does not always predict future outcome. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I really hurt when having needles stuck in me. What can be done to diagnose cauda equina syndrome?
Perhaps: You may experience neurogenic claudication, where, while walking one or both legs go numb or weak, typically without pain. Or you may experience problems starting a urinary stream, or perhaps you have low back pain with certain positions. If you have leg weakness, numbness, tingling, bladder or bowel problems, see your doctor and get diagnosed. ...Read more
Diagnosed with cauda equina syndrome. Underwent surgery for it, but still experience timglimg sensations. ?
Speak with surgeon: Have you spoken to the surgeon? Often times surgeries for these sorts of things don't immediately resolve all symptoms. May take a few weeks to few months to see max. Relief. There still may be complaints that'll have to be dealt with but hopefully major pain and discomfort were improved. If that's happened then, to some extent we can say the procedure went well. Again, speak to the surgeon. ...Read more
Cauda equina is also known as Cauda Equina Syndrome. 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
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