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Possible Cauda Equina?

Started by kathyy on 10/12/2018 9:16am

I have the strangest thing that I slowly happening to my back. Background: I have severe degenerative disc disease...2009 I preseneted with spondy grade 3. When surgeon opened me he found what he called "a huge cyst" which took nearly 7 hours to remove and perform a lamenectomy and PLIF L4-5. Several years later I had a spinal cord implant which "came apart" and had to be replaced 3 years later. It was repaired. Then a year and a half ago, I had a EMG which indicated severe stenosis L3-L4 so a laminectomy was performed. I also have a severe neck issue due to an awful car accident when I was 15 and whiplash/muscle tears that landed me in the hospital for a week. So I've been doing what many of us do, keep on chugging and try to use medicine to keep functional.

Now...for the past 2 months I have noticed increasing numbness in my lower back and left leg, numbness in my feet and leg weakness. But there are 2 weird symptoms......1) I have developed SEVERE tingling/vibrating in my pelvic area and down into my legs. Sometimes it is all the way up to my neck. It is 5X the intensity of a spinal cord stimulator. 2) Many of us deal daily with constipation but I have always been able to get things going. Now, regardless of what I do, I can't evacuate my bowels without alot of straining and then it isn't hard like one might expect. And it's not complete. Right now, my pelvic area is vibrating almost violently,

Has anyone had similar symptoms. These are so strange, I don't know what to do. Yes I am in pain but I am always in pain.
Furthermore, these symptoms don't seem to "jive" with what I read about cauda equina. Do you think I've just developed new feelings that I just need to get used to? This is so weird, I don't even know how to talk to a doctor about it and of course, it takes at least a month to get in to see doctors around here???

Help ! Thoughts? Kathy

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They may need to reset or adjust/replace your spinal cord stimulator. Try the fiber powder and mix with your coffee every day or the orange flavor with water and the pink laxatives for women until you start having an easier stool release then keep doing the fiber powder daily. Metamucil. I just remembered the name. This really helps if you are still taking opioids for pain relief like the rest of us. Good luck and happy poops in the future.