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Early Symptoms of Cauda Equina Syndrome

If a diagnosis of cauda equina syndrome is delayed, the long-term effects can be catastrophic for the patient. Prompt attendance at the GP or A&E is vital.

Early Symptoms of Cauda Equina SyndromeThe long-term impact of cauda equina syndrome

Cauda equina syndrome is a condition produced by compression of the cauda equina nerves at the base of the spine. Emergency surgical decompression is frequently required to avoid the following appalling, life-long symptoms:

These shocking symptoms can make it difficult if not impossible to work, socialise and undertake household chores.

Early Symptoms

The earliest signs that you may be developing cauda equina syndrome could be lower back and leg pain, combined with increasing loss of sensation and function in the legs. This may start with one leg and spread to the other.

This is indicative of a problem with the nerves serving the lower body and may be diagnosed as sciatica.

Red Flag Warning

Your GP should warn you of the following red flag symptoms which might indicate emerging causa equina syndrome:

If you begin to experience these symptoms as well, you should attend A&E as a matter of emergency. You are likely to require an emergency MRI to check for the cause of your symptoms and either confirm or rule out a diagnosis of cauda equina syndrome.

If your symptoms are being caused by compression of the cauda equina nerves at the base of the spine, you will probably require emergency surgery within hours to try to prevent any further deterioration of your nerve function and condition.

Medical Negligence

If you attend your GP or A&E with symptoms such as pain in your legs and urinary problems which could indicate cauda equina syndrome, you should be referred for an emergency MRI. If this does not occur and you are subsequently found to have developed cauda equina syndrome which has now worsened, your medical professional may be guilty of medical negligence.

You may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering.

Speak to a solicitor

Glynns Solicitors specialise in medical negligence law, with considerable expertise in cauda equina syndrome compensation claims.

If you are suffering with the long-term effects of cauda equina syndrome which could have been diagnosed and treated more promptly, contact us to discuss your situation with an experienced solicitor.

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