Posted 3/2/2009 2:17 AM (GMT -6)
I just read your other posts. I developed Cauda Equina Syndrome after my first back surgery. I also suffer from the bladder and bowel incontinence issues that it appears that you are suffering from. I can explain the reason that you are having issues with your bladder, with the herniations at L2-3. It is simply because damage to the spinal nerves at any level in the lumbar area, also effect the nerves below that area. So, simply put, the stenosis at L2-3, is damaging the spinal nerves from that part of your lumbar spine down. You need to see a neurosurgeon. Most GP's won't even know what CES is, let alone how to treat it.
The longer the compression of the spinal nerves is left to continue to cause damage, the less likely that the nerves will make a full recovery. Is there a teaching hospital near you? The ER doctors will focus on the immediate problem, get you an MRI even, but unless they are specializing in neurosurgery, they probably know as much about CES as most lay people do.
You really need to get in to see a neurosurgeon today...can you call different offices and see if they can see you? Some might see you, even without insurance since this is surgical emergency.....they may even be able to help you get some insurance to cover this, since you don't have any at this time.
This isn't something that you can wait to get fixed......believe me, I know. It took me 17 months after the onset to find out what was causing my problems and what to do about it.
Good luck, and make sure that you explain the problems that you are having, especially the incontinence issues due to the stenosis.
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
POST OP CES 3/30-06
Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel, bilateral numbness legs and feet
Revision for failed Back surgery, pseudoarthrosis L4-5, hemilaminectomies L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, bmp added to revision fusion, replaced two bent screws that were reversing out of vertebrae - August 2, 2007
On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..9/08- adding bilateral ulnar neuropathy with severe compression to the mix. They want me to see a surgeon for ulnar nerve surgery, but I'm not biting.
I've seen enough surgeons over the last few years.