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What are symptoms of cauda equina syndrome?

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Symptoms vary and may come on slowly. They're also the same as other conditions. See your doctor right away if you have:

  • Severe low back pain.
  • Pain, numbness, or weakness in one or both legs that makes you to stumble or have trouble getting up from a chair
  • Severe or worsening strange sensations or lack of feeling in your legs, buttocks, inner thighs, backs of your legs, or feet (anywhere that would sit in a saddle)
  • Recent problem with peeing, pooping, or holding it
  • Sudden sexual dysfunction

From: Cauda Equina Syndrome Overview WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Association of Neurological Surgeons: "Cauda Equina Syndrome (CES)."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Cauda Equina Syndrome."

Merck Manuals Online Medical Library: "Compression of the Spinal Cord."

New York-Presbyterian Hospital: "Cauda Equina Syndrome."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on September 13, 2016

SOURCES:

American Association of Neurological Surgeons: "Cauda Equina Syndrome (CES)."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Cauda Equina Syndrome."

Merck Manuals Online Medical Library: "Compression of the Spinal Cord."

New York-Presbyterian Hospital: "Cauda Equina Syndrome."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on September 13, 2016

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