Our Service For You


Bilateral Pain and Numbness in Cauda Equina Syndrome

Bilateral pain and numbness is a red flag symptom of cauda equina syndrome. Anyone who presents with this problem should undergo an MRI scan of their spine to check if cauda equina compression is present.

Cauda equina syndrome pain and numbness

Cauda equina syndrome pain and numbness

Cauda equina syndrome is when the nerves at the base of the spine are compressed. This causes nerve damage and the loss of function. This leads to a range of symptoms, including pain and numbness around the buttocks and legs.

More specifically, the buttocks, legs, perineum and external genitalia will feel abnormal. There may be some sensation, but it will be significantly reduced. In the legs there may just be a band of numbness, rather than a total loss of sensation in the leg.

There may also be strange sensations, such as pins and needles, burning or the feeling of water being poured onto the skin. The pain typically affects the lower back and runs down through the buttocks and into the legs.

Bilateral pain and numbness

When doctors describe something as ‘unilateral’, it means the symptoms are present in just one leg. But when a patient has ‘bilateral’ symptoms, it means the problems are affecting both legs.

Bilateral pain and numbness is a ‘red flag’ symptom of cauda equina syndrome. Red flag symptoms give medical practitioners a strong indication that a condition is present. Red flag symptoms of cauda equina syndrome mandate immediate investigation.

Indeed, reduced sensation indicates a central disc prolapse, a common cause of cauda equina syndrome. Symptoms such as these put the onus on medical practitioners to perform a thorough examination. An MRI scan of the lower spine is also needed urgently.

Long-term bilateral pain and numbness

If a patient does have cauda equina syndrome, emergency surgery is needed to alleviate the pressure on the nerves. It is possible that even with emergency surgery, the saddle and genital area will remain numb.

However, the outlook is much better if surgery is carried out immediately. If there is a delay, the patient will certainly be left with long-term problems. This will include bilateral pain and numbness, and may also involve further issues such as incontinence and sexual dysfunction.

Claiming for missed cauda equina syndrome

If doctors fail to investigation and act upon the red flag symptoms of cauda equina syndrome, there will be a breach of duty. If this causes the patient to suffer long-term problems that could otherwise have been avoided, there will be grounds for a claim.

To talk to a solicitor about claiming compensation, please get in touch with us today.

Please call us free on 0800 234 3300, from a mobile click to call 01275 334030 or complete our Free Online Enquiry for a no cost, no obligation opinion.

Share Article With:

Free Cauda Equina Enquiry

Call us free on
0800 234 3300

or enter your details below and we will be pleased to answer your questions and advise you of your options.

     

    All enquiries are completely free of charge and without obligation. We are here to help you, so if you have any questions please do get in touch with us.


    What Clients Say

    I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for taking on J’s case, for the comprehensive advice and also for keeping us regularly updated with regard to the progress. I would not hesitate to recommend you or the firm to anyone in the future.

    Mr B

    Julie and everyone at Glynns is amazing, they have been more like friends than solicitors and have helped me no end throughout my ordeal. I have had lots of medical advice from specialists which I am eternally grateful for which was all thanks to Glynns. I have to say I will actually miss my contact with Glynns when my case is over and would not hesitate to recommend them to other people who have been through a similar thing to me.

    Ms M

    Absolutely amazing, always available to talk, always kept informed every step of the way. Very supportive, efficient and knowledgeable. Thank you.

    Ms S

    Highly recommend Glynns Solicitors. Very sensitive on personal injuries. Explained everything.

    Ms B

    The service I have received from Chris has been absolutely outstanding. He has made a traumatic and painful situation more bearable through his constant support, advice and friendliness. Thank you

    Ms A

    Lucy, thank you so much for everything over the last five and a half years, I really appreciate everything you, John, Carolynne and Abdul have done to support me and make this as painless as possible and to help me secure a fair settlement.

    Mrs M

    A wonderful, helpful service. Great advice and lots of patience, I definitely made the right decision.

    Ms D

    I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for taking on J’s case, for the comprehensive advice and also for keeping us regularly updated with regard to the progress. I would not hesitate to recommend you or the firm to anyone in the future.

    Mr B

    Absolutely amazing, always available to talk, always kept informed every step of the way. Very supportive, efficient and knowledgeable. Thank you.

    Ms S

    Why Choose Us?

    Over 1,000 Cauda Equina Claim enquiries handled to date

    All initial enquiries are completely free of charge and without obligation

    Specialists in Cauda Equina Claims

    We have a range of funding options for you

    Part of Glynns Solicitors - specialist medical negligence claims solicitors serving England & Wales

    Our Expertise

    Law Society Accredited

    England & Wales

    We have specialist Cauda Equina Claim Solicitors ready and waiting to help you now, wherever you are located in England or Wales.

    Map of England and Wales