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I have just joined this site and thought I would post my recent story with CES.
I am male and 36.
To cut a long story short on March 29 2017, a few days after my initial onset of back pain, I had the first red flag symptons of CES namely numbness in right buttock/top of leg and foot. Shortly afterwards i then started to suffer with urine problems, specifically having to strain to go. Bowel movements were also not regular but I put this down to the fact I had been prescribed Codeine based meds after my first visit to the GP. We both thought it was Sciatica which I have suffered on and off for since 2002.
After 2 further doctor visits between end of March and April 13 where the saddle numbess and foot numbness was always present, I was eventually sent to my local hospital for an MRI scan as the Dr I saw on April 13 was not happy with my conditon. She did a very 'personal' examination and felt I was showing symptons which could be connected to CES. The MRI scan was done and came back as CES. I was transfereed to another hospital 30 mins away and was operated on that night. 12 hours after the visit to my local GP! The operation was a microdiscectomy of L4/L5.
Now the main reason for my posting on this site is more to update my progress just over 3 weeks on from the op and to receive advice/opinions on other people that have been directly or indirectly affected by CES. I have read many a review and story and would seem a lot of people have had a worse time of it then me. Regretably I had the symptons of CES about 16 days before the op when all advice says you need to be operated on within 24-48 hours max for a good recovery.
I was discharged from hospital on April 16, 2 and a half days after the Op. In the time since being discharged (3 weeks) I am currently able to walk approx 25-30 mins outside without any aids although by the end of these walks I am quite tired. This is quite slow paced and with a little parital limp and I do have to watch my step. This is because my right side numbness is still present so I feel a bit inbalanced but I feel this is getting better gradually especially in the foot area. I am doing the exercises everyday based on the information sheet they provided.
I haven't suffered with any incontincence issues since this whole episode started. My toilet situation is that I can pass urine standing up albeit I have to push for about 3/4 mins for me to feel I have emptied my bladder. I can feel when I need to go which is reassuring.
After a few days of leaving hospital I didnt have a bowel movement to speak off. Thankfully this is now more consistant and same as passing urine I need to push.
i have just started to drive again and plan on returning to my office based job, initally on a part time basis, after 4 weeks from the Op which is what I was signed off for.
The wound itself is healing well although some days can still feel a bit sore and tender in that area. The staples came out 10 days after the op.
It has been a very rough few weeks for me but friends and family have been very supportive.
Based on where I am upto after 3 weeks, and reading other stories on here and other websites I feel quite positive with what i have acheived since the op, espeically as 16 days passed between onset of CES symptons and the op itself I feel my current condition could, and probably should, be a whole lot worse. For that I wouldn't say im grateful because as is natural I still ask myself 'why me?' but appreciate reading other stories, people seem a lot worse off than me.
I am fully aware that the numbness may never subside and although it feels like its improving in these early stages it may come to a halt soon. This applies for the toilet situation as well. I would love to be in a situation at some point in the future where I can just go for a wee normally although I appreciate its still very early days.
So thats my story. I have tried to keep it as brief as possible but outlining the main points.
As I previously mentioned, any advice/opinions or guidance would be much appreciated by anyone with an experience of this condition. I am happy to elaborate on any particular aspect of my story/experience so far and share on this forum if asked.
Thanks for reading
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