Cauda Equina Syndrome Personal Story David Unthank

Kuv Lub Neej Nrog Cauda Equina Syndrome – David Unthank tus Zaj Dab Neeg

Kuv zaj dabneeg, ntawm kuv lub neej nrog Cauda Equina Syndrome, nyob rau hauv kuv tus kheej lo lus. On video. Enjoy!


Yuav ua li cas tshwm sim?

I was moving a concrete splash pad. Not far, cia li 18 inches. I tried to lift and slide it… not good. I stood it up on its end and walked it – perfect. Later that night, I got up out of the recliner to go to bed. My lower back felt “funny” and a little stiff or tight.

I awoke the next morning with sharp pain running down my right leg. On the 10 nplai, I rated it a 5. Kim set an appointment with a Chiropractor for the next morning. By the time I got home from work, my pain level was at a 10. I had never felt such pain. I took pain meds and went to bed.

Nyob rau hauv lub wee teev thaum sawv ntxov, I partially awoke but still dreaming. It seemed like my legs were going numb. I feel back asleep. In the morning, I awoke to find that I had no feeling below my waist. Knowing something was very wrong with me, peb khaws cia thaum tseem ntxov sij hawm teem tseg nrog lub Chiropractor, with me in a wheelchair. She suspected Cauda Equina Syndrome and recommended I go directly to an Emergency Room. I did.

Yuav ua li cas yog koj muaj kev?

The ER told me that I did not have Cauda Equina Syndrome and they gave me a referral to a back specialist. We didn’t want to wait that long. Kim called our Doctor to get a MRI ordered; peb ces tos 2 hnub rau kev tuav pov hwm kev pom zoo nrog qhov xoo fais fab tshwm sim rau hnub Friday, FEB 15th.

My Doctor got the results on Tuesday the 19th and referred me immediately to a neurosurgeon. I saw him 2 days later. He wanted me in the hospital now for surgery the next day to decompress the spine.

Nws yog Cauda Equina Syndrome tom qab tag nrho - thaum muaj xwm ceev qhov teeb meem phais.

Problem – I was on a blood thinner and they couldn’t operate then. I stopped the med and went into the hospital on Sunday, nrog lub phais cov nram qab no hnub, lub 25.

Yuav ua li cas phais uas koj muaj?

The surgeon performed a L4/L5 microdiscectomy to remove parts of a ruptured disk in order to relieve the pressure on my spinal nerve bundle. The disk had ruptured directly into the canal and had crushed the nerves controlling the lower ½ of my body.

Dab tsi tshwm sim tom ntej?

Kuv siv ib lub lim tiam hauv Acute Rehab, learning how to walk and shower when you can’t balance or feel anything below the waist. Human’s use their feet, ankles, and legs to balance – I was getting no feedback from them. Although the surgery relieved the pain, qab haus huv xwb regenerate nyob txog 1mm ib hnub twg, thiab ces tsuas yog rau txog 12 - 18 months. So getting all of my feeling back was a long shot.

Yuav ua li cas yog tus rov qab mus?

Physically – After Rehab came Physical Therapy. Some normal feeling returned to parts of my thighs. The rest stayed numb or got tingly painful. Now, 10 lub hlis tom qab qhov kev raug mob, feeling has returned except in the areas covered by underwear and from the ankles down. My feet are very painful and I have a possibly torn tendon. I’m having that checked next week.

Emotionally – I viewed myself as a Christian with a deeper than average faith and commitment to Jesus. Yet I found myself asking God why this had happened, wanting to know His purpose for it. Through teaching from Living On The Edge’s Chip Ingram, I realized that God had placed His mark and reminder on me. It was time for the next step in my faith journey.

Ntawm cov hoob kawm nws tsis yog tias yooj yim! It was a lot of anguish, tug ntsuj plig searching, thov Vajtswv, and crying that led me to one fateful night where I placed my Cauda Equina Syndrome into His hands. I wanted Him to use me however He could. He was asking to yield to Him in everything and I was finally at the point where I realized that I couldn’t do without that.

Yuav ua li cas yog qhov chaw saib xyuas?

I do not know where God will take me. I do have a busy 2014 hlua li! Kim and I are launching a Small Group Ministry at our church, Kuv npaj rau thiab noj lub Certified Management accountant kws xeem, and putting my experience with Cauda Equina Syndrome I am becoming involved in a support and education non-profit for Cauda Equina Syndrome which is seeking to grow worldwide. I certainly won’t have much spare time! Not bad for someone who a few months ago was staring a lifelong disability in the face.

Kuv yeej ib txwm muaj cov tsos mob, Cauda Equina Syndrome yuav yog ib feem ntawm kuv kom txog thaum kuv tuag hnub, but it will NOT define me. It is God’s tool to keep me humble.