What is Cauda Equina Syndrome?
Cauda Equina syndrome is a condition where the lower end of the spinal cord is being compressed, usually from a bulging disc
What are the signs of Cauda Equina?
The symptoms can be one or more of the following, in no particular order:
- Sciatica in both legs
- Numbness around your genital and anal area - otherwise known as 'saddle area'
- A new issue of difficulty passing water or a stool where there can be loss of control or sensation when you pee or poo, including complete loss of control (incontinence)
- For men, unable to gain and maintain an erection (not pain related)
- Weakness or numbness in both legs that is severe and/or getting significantly worse
Does cauda equina syndrome go away?
The symptoms can improve spontaneously but it is important to seek medical advice immediately as it will need investigating to see if urgent surgery is needed. An MRI scan will show if the symptoms are related to Cauda Equina or indicate there may be another cause for the symptoms such as prostate trouble in the case of urinary symptoms
What is the treatment for cauda equina syndrome?
Sometimes symptoms improve on their own with time and/or with Physiotherapy. Often is there is a need for surgery to remove the pressure on the spinal cord and it is important to get assessed ASAP to decide what is right for you
What happens if cauda equina is not treated?
If Cauda Equina is not treated urgently, it can lead to prolonged or permanent issues with pain and/or weakness, paralyzed muscles and incontinence of bladder and bowel. The longer you wait to seek advice, the more likely any damage will long-lasting so don't delay