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What Can I Do For My Cauda Equina Syndrome Without Going To A Doctor
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.?
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
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
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
Doctor: If you have a history of lumbar disc herniation or spinal stenosis, check with your doctor to see if the compression seen on imaging studies warrants concern. If you have no history of lumbar issues, then your risk is extremely low of ever developing this condition in one's lifetime. There is no screening for this pathology for prevention. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Lower back: 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 weakness/numbness, and bladder/bowel issues. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rarely: Cauda equina syndrome occurs with severe compression (pressure) on the nerves in the low back. People have trouble emptying the bladder, numbness in the private area; they may also have leg pain (usually both sides), numbness, tingling, weakness. For an epidural injection to do this, a large volume of liquid would have to be injected; if the nerve channel was already very narrow it could happen. ...Read more
A laminectomy: This syndrome is due to compression of the nerve tissue that can be from several causes. Depending on the cause and location of the problem, the surgery will entail a decompression of the nreve tissue usually through a laminectomy but amcan be from an anterior or lateral approach or conbined and may or may not involve a fusion and instrumentation as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
No: Cauda equina (tail of the horse) is just the end of the spinal cord. If there is spinal stenosis, there can be severe back and butt pain and difficulty standing up straight. There can be pinching of sacral nerves that cause pain down the leg and weakness in the feet. Sometimes bowel and bladder function can be affected. Tethering of the spinal cord may be involved. Paralysis should not occur. ...Read more
Diagnosed with cauda equina syndrome. Underwent surgery, so its all good now. Just wanted to know if smoking can be a huge obstacle in my healing?
Yes: You know that all doctors will tell you that smoking is bad, but on a serious note, most surgeons feel that smoking leads to poor bone healing. Quitting is not easy, but i'd ask your regular doctor if they can assist you with any smoking cessation program. ...Read more
I was treated for cauda equina syndrome by disectomy surgery. It's already more than 3 months but I still have issues with bladder. Any suggestion?
Long recovery: This can have a fairly extended recovery period. I would recommend continued close follow-up by urology. There are certain procedures that they can do if needed if this is a permanent issue. Generally, full improvement can take 6-12 months or longer. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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