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Posted in: Back pain, and Herniated disc.

Cauda Equina Syndrome or not?

Started by Mart1 on 09/03/2018 3:24am

hi there,

I had a microdiscectomy L3L4 after re-herniation two times in 12 weeks period last summer. No i am experiencing constipation because of the painmeds.

At night my lowerback region is awfully painfull in combination with scrotal pain and saddle paresthesia. However I am not incontinent at all. The scrotal area is cramping and my stomach region painfull. This pain at night appears every night 2 to 3 times, feeling it in back, intestants and scrotal area.

Is this pain coming from constipation, nervehealing from the surgerys or the combination of these problems?

How to diagnose if it is CES, or just the combination of all these matters?

Maybe someone that experienced this can give me an anwer?
Greetings, mart

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Hi, Mart--thank you for your question. If you're concerned about cauda equina syndrome, we recommend talking to your doctor about it as soon as you can, as CES is a serious spinal nerve disorder. This article provides a good overview: ( Cauda Equina Syndrome ).

In terms of diagnosing CES, your doctor will perform a physical and neurological exam--and likely order imaging scans (like an MRI) to see if your cauda equina nerves are being compressed.

Fortunately, CES is quite rare--so, you may not have it at all. But, given your symptoms, we think it's a good idea to get in touch with your doctor about understanding what's behind your nerve pain.

We hope you get the answers you need soon--we wish you the best!