Collateral Damage from Cauda Equina Syndrome

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Walk This Way...

As you know from having, or knowing someone who has, Cauda Equina Syndrome, it makes a mockery of your walking gait.  I've described myself as walking like Frankenstein.  Now comes new, fun things that CES has done.

Feeling has begun to return to the sides of my ankles.  As it has, I've noticed a different type of pain on the outside of my right ankle.  My wife looked at it and said there is a small bump there.

broken ankle side x-ray
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 At first, I thought that my shoe must be rubbing me.  But the bump was hard.  Of a morning, before my feet swell during the day, there is almost no pain unless it is touched.  As the feet swell my shoe comes in contact with the bump and it gets progressively painful through the day despite my pain meds.  It peaks at about a 3 and affects my gait.

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I went to a podiatrist this morning.  Diagnosis - probable torn tendon.  This "nodule" is just what to expect from this condition.  Surprise, surprise!  The Doctor was actually aware of CES and knew quite a bit about it.

Next up, an MRI to confirm diagnosis and a nerve conduction test to determine extent of my nerve regeneration in the lower extremities.

Cauda Equina Syndrome - the gift that keeps on giving!

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