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Can Cauda Equina Symptoms Come and Go

Can Cauda Equina Symptoms Come and Go

It is possible for cauda equina symptoms to come and go after your operation, particularly in the years following the surgery.

Symptoms after cauda equina syndrome surgery

The recovery process after cauda equina surgery is different for everyone. The outcome will ultimately depend upon how quickly you were operated on, and how badly damaged you nerves were by the time surgery was carried out.

Generally the two are closely linked, in that the later the operation, the worse the nerve damage will be. Nevertheless, sometimes the initial insult to the nerves will be extreme and even immediate surgery cannot save them.

After the operation, some patients will find that certain symptoms are either resolved or greatly improved. Unfortunately for those who suffered severe nerve damage, the symptoms may be largely unchanged or only slightly better.

In the following years, there can be some further improvement in symptoms. After around three years the symptoms are unlikely to improve any further, although some will find their condition gets better four to five years after surgery.

Can cauda equina symptoms come and go?

There can therefore be fluctuations in the recovery process. This can make it feel as though the symptoms of cauda equina syndrome are coming and going.

The symptoms of cauda equina can also come and go because of changes in the back. For instance, if any of your discs begin to bulge, it can press upon your already damaged nerves and symptoms can return. A small herniation can resolve of its own accord, meaning the symptoms go away again.

Can cauda equina syndrome come back?

It is possible to suffer cauda equina syndrome on multiple occasions. This is rare and the patient will be very unfortunate. Even so, it is plausible that the patient will have cauda equina surgery, only to develop the condition once again in the future.

If cauda equina syndrome does come back, it must be quickly diagnosed and treated. Otherwise the nerves will sustain additional harm, exacerbating any present symptoms.

Cauda equina claims

When cauda equina syndrome is not quickly diagnosed and treated, it can result in a successful medical negligence claim. The patient will be awarded compensation for the pain and suffering that has been wrongfully incurred.

To find out more about cauda equina claims, please get in touch with us at Glynns Solicitors. We specialise in cauda equina claims and will be able to help you further.

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