Our Service For You


Urinary Symptoms of Cauda Equina Syndrome

Urinary Symptoms of Cauda Equina SyndromeBladder function is something we all too frequently take for granted. In cauda equina syndrome, the loss of function can signal other devastating life-long symptoms.

Long-term urinary symptoms

Long-term urinary problems are a key feature of cauda equina syndrome. When surgery is carried out too late to bring about recovery, the patient may be left unable to sense when they need to wee and unable to control their loss of urine. They may, effectively, become incontinent of urine.

If their symptoms have deteriorated to this point, it is likely that the patient will also be struggling with control of their bowels, losing sexual sensation, and experiencing pain and weakness in one if not both legs.

As can be seen from the above, the long-term impact of cauda equina syndrome can be thoroughly miserable, affecting the victim’s ability to work, socialise or function and live independently.

Urinary symptoms and Diagnosis

Urinary symptoms are also regarded as highly significant in identifying the best moment for surgery.

The patient’s urinary experience is often taken as a benchmark for the extent of compression of the nerves and the consequent likelihood that decompression surgery might halt deterioration of or, possibly, improve function.

When a patient visits their GP or A&E with altered experience when urinating but still retaining some sensation and control, this is considered to be the most vital moment at which surgery should take place.

Prior to these symptoms, a patient may not have been sent for an MRI and so it may not be clear that the cauda equina nerves are under pressure. On the other hand, if these symptoms have deteriorated and the patient has completely lost urinary sensation and control, then it may be too late for surgery to make much difference.

Therefore, this is the most important moment for a referral for an MRI scan and the confirmation or exclusion of compressed nerves. This will, if necessary, prompt emergency surgery for decompression.

Early Attendance at the GP

If a patient visits their GP with lower back and leg pain, they should be certain to mention if they are also starting to experience any alteration in urination such as difficulty emptying the bladder or poor flow.

Equally, if a patient visits the GP with symptoms only in the back and legs, it is vital that they are warned by the GP of the red flag urinary symptoms of cauda equina syndrome and the need to attend A&E as an emergency should those symptoms develop.

Medical Negligence

If you are suffering the long-term impact of cauda equina syndrome due to a failure to refer you for an emergency MRI whilst you still had urinary control, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.

Contact us today to discuss your situation with a specialist medical negligence solicitor.

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