What is Cauda Equina Syndrome (CES)?
CES affects the area of the spinal cord which controls bladder, bowel and genital function. CES is a rare condition; however, should any of the following symptoms present then head to A+E as this is a medical emergency:
- Loss of feeling/ pins and needles between your inner thighs or genitals.
- Numbness in or around your back passage or buttocks.
- Altered feeling when using toilet paper to wipe yourself.
- Increased difficulty when you try to urinate.
- Increased difficulty when you try to stop or control your flow of urine.
- Loss of sensation when you pass urine.
- Leaking of urine or recent need to use pads.
- Not knowing when your bladder is either full or empty.
- Inability to stop a bowel movement or leaking.
- Loss of sensation when you pass a bowel motion.
- Change in ability to achieve an erection or ejaculation.
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