I’m 36 I’ve had back for a long time, in recent weeks I haven’t been able to do much of anything it has been so bad. Last weekend I woke up in the middle of the night and the pain was so bad. I couldn’t do anything, couldn’t move anyway that made it comfortable. I was taken to the er by ambulance and became numb I believe in my way there. Mostly in my pelvic area. I had surgery rather quickly and am now at home recovering. I’m just worried about this numbness I’m still experiencing, just wanted to hear from anyone who has experienced this, hopefully most are positive. I’m home now only a week and 1 day post op. Home with a catheter but my bowels are moving just fine. I just can’t feel it. I’m hoping it will go away and u sweat and it will take time.
I’m sorry this has happened to you, Lisa. It must be like a nightmare. What surgical proceedure was performed on you? What were the doctors trying to fix? If it was to fix the numbness, that doesn’t seem to have worked, does it? Was the pain in your pelvic area due to a previous fall,... or perhaps due to a tumor?
lisa, Welcome. it is impossible to say how much the numbness may wear off, or if, or how long it might take. Each of us is so different. i can tell you that we all learn to cope. regardless of outcome.
I step in the water, but the water has moved on...
Is like Tetra mentioned, is difficult to say.. but there is one very positive step towards the outcome of your cauda equina syndrome symptoms.. You had your surgery very quickly.. this is REALLY good.. usually the outcome when the surgery is being done between the next 24-48hs following most of your CES red flags, the recovery is close to 100%..
What you need to understand damages in the nerve like CES, takes really long time.. I've been almost a year with CES and still having numbness, buttocks pain and electric shocks, although my surgery was done 14 days after I had all the red flags.. but can tell you I am better than 1 year ago.. I bet that you in 1 year time might be in better shape.. Be patient and keep positive, is all what matters and try not to focus on the numbness or pain.. I know this is difficult, took me a while to understand it and not to do it.. as soon as I did that, I start feeling a bit better..
All the best and really please to find a forum like this one where experience and knowledge can be shared...