-------------------- --Lymetutu-- Opinions, not medical advice! Posts: 94170 | From Texas | Registered: Feb 2001
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hmm, apparently the tailbone has a mass of nerve endings that resemble a horse's tail, thus the equine term. when these nerves are damaged such as from trauma, arthritis, etc., they can lead to this condition.
symptoms are numbness in the vaginal or "saddle area" between the legs and thighs. it can affect the bladder and bowel function as the nerves get damaged and you loose control.
it can be temporary or permanent and have devasting results. some people have to manually force themselves to have a bowel movement. i won't say how but it's really bad.
i have bulging discs from l1 down plus i've had several very severe falls. once i fell completely out of our rv down the steps and flat on my face. the other time i tripped in our garage and fell flat down on the pavement, and another time i tripped on the sidewalk and again, fell flat out down with nothing to hang onto, i mean i fell flat.
then some idiot doctor hit a nerve in my hip once while giving me a shot.
so i've had some bad falls and all. and i've been diagnosed with anklosying spondylitis.
sorry, tend to rattle on...
-------------------- do not look back when the only course is forward Posts: 12262 | From texas | Registered: Mar 2007
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Lymetoo, I think randibear means "Cauda equina syndrome (CES)".
It's a condition in which there is loss of function of the lumbar plexus, and nerve roots of the spinal canal below the termination of the spinal cord.
A lumbar puncture, severely herniated disk, or trauma to the spine (knife wound, car accident, etc) can cause it.
I'm sorry to hear you are suffering with this. I recommend you get an MRI of your spine somehow and go from there. I don't recommend jumping out of an airplane right now. Hope you get the help you need and soon - this isn't something to, um, sit on.
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