Cauda Equina Syndrome is something that my physio told me to be watchful about when I was first diagnosed with herniated discs and sciatica in both legs from hip to toes.
I was really worried about it but it is relatively rare. I did not ever experience cauda equina syndrome but I was glad I knew the symptoms. It is however useful to equip yourself with knowledge about it so if you get any symptoms you take swift action.
I was horrified to read on a forum recently that a man had low back pain and was suffering loss of bladder control for over a week and had not yet been to see his doctor about it! If you do experience the symptoms listed please seek advice from a qualified healthcare professional quickly.
Very good useful information on causes, presentation, management, investigations, complications and prognosis of this condition at website patient.co.uk
Just because you go see a doctor doesn't mean that you will get proper treatment.
While on a business trip, I went to the ER of a famous hospital outside Boston. On my second visit, I got a plastic urinal to take back to the hotel as I was having bladder problems. On my 3rd visit, I got booted out after I punched out when they tried to do an MRI. On my 4th visit, I was going to get thrown out again, until I asked the doctor if I could get the sheets changed as they were soaked with urine. I got the MRI and ended up getting flown home as there was a question of insurance and I could get the surgery done at home just as soon as I could get it done at the famous hospital.