Cauda Equina Syndrome is a rare but serious condition which occurs when the nerves at the base of the spinal cord are squeezed together. This can occur from a herniated disc, trauma to the lower spine, degenerative or congenital conditions, or by the presence of a tumour.
The symptoms can be mistaken for much more common and less serious conditions, however there are red flags which the medical profession should be able to recognise as being Cauda Equina Syndrome.
Symptoms associated with Cauda Equina Syndrome;
- Severe lower back pain
- Loss of or altered sensations in your legs, buttocks, inner thighs, backs of your legs, or feet that is severe or gets worse and worse.
- Change in your normal bowel and bladder habits
- Sexual dysfunction
- Numbness in your groin and genital area
- Changes in your walking pattern
- Paralysis of one or both legs and/or feet
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you should consult with your GP or visit the Accident and Emergency department immediately, in order to prevent long term damage or disability.
If you have Cauda Equina Syndrome, you will require treatment to relieve the pressure on nerves. Within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms, surgery should be undertaken to prevent permanent damage. Even with successful treatment, the recovery of bladder and bowel function will take a period of years with physiotherapy.
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