Posted 3/8/2010 8:05 PM (GMT -6)
Are you having constant problems with being able to hold your urine? If so, you can not wait to be seen. I have CES ( Cauda Equina Syndrome) and yes, it is a surgical emergency. That means that the longer the time that the nerves remain compressed, the less likely that they will recover all of their function.
Are you having any other symptoms aside from the increased pain? It also could be many other things, a bladder infection can also cause a lack of urinary control if it is bad enough.
There are tons of other things that it might be, but if you meet all of the criteria for CES, then waiting for a return phone call is like playing Russian Roulette with the rest of your life and your mobility.
CES is the cluster of symptoms, put together that makes it CES, not just a few of them here and not intermittently.
If it is CES there is a very short window of opportunity to relieve the compression of the nerves , short as in hours, not days or weeks, before the damage becomes likely permanent. Having to self cath for the rest of your life not a lot of fun, so waiting is not a good idea.
It sounds from your last post that you are feeling much better so maybe it is not CES afterall, I hope it is not for your sake. It is not a lot of fun to live with the aftereffects.
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.
Avascular necrosis of left wrist- maybe hips too