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Diagnosed with CES aged 26yrs old, L5/S1 disc bulge. I was a healthy, football playing, gym go-er.
Over period of 8-10 weeks, severe loss of sensation in right leg, foot and buttocks. Also, retention in bladder and bowels, and sexual function. Severe pain in back and right leg.
I was rushed in to surgery to remove the part of disc causing the issues, after an emergency MRI scan (Having been turned away from A&E twice previously, over 3 weeks, and told just a sporting injury).
Now nearly 12 months post operation, and have re-gained full bladder, bowel and sexual function. Live 85-90% normal life, only exception is some nerve damage down right leg which means I can no longer jog/run (As can't push off my calf normally). But can walk fine, which is main thing.
Having read online about other CES experiences, and how terribly others have been left affected, hopefully this offers a small glimpse of hope that not all CES patients are left with life changing issues.
Keep up the physio and back stretches, makes a big difference to recovery.
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