Cauda Equina Syndrome Personal Story David Unthank

My Life Bil cauda equina Syndrome – Story David Unthank tal

Istorja tiegħi, tal-ħajja tiegħi ma cauda equina Syndrome, fi kliem tiegħi stess. On video. Enjoy!


Dak li ġara?

I was moving a concrete splash pad. Not far, biss 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 iskala, 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.

Fis-sigħat wee ta 'filgħodu, 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, aħna tinżamm il-ħatra bikri mal-Chiropractor, with me in a wheelchair. She suspected Cauda Equina Syndrome and recommended I go directly to an Emergency Room. I did.

Liema kienet l-esperjenza tiegħek hemm?

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; aħna mbagħad stenniet 2 jum għall-approvazzjoni assigurazzjoni bl-MRI jiġri nhar il-Ġimgħa, Frar 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.

Kien cauda equina Syndrome wara kollox - sitwazzjoni kirurġija ta 'emerġenza.

Problem – I was on a blood thinner and they couldn’t operate then. I stopped the med and went into the hospital on Sunday, bil-kirurġija-jum wara, il-25.

What kirurġija kellek?

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.

Dak li ġara jmiss?

I qattgħu ġimgħa akuta Rehab, learning how to walk and shower when you can’t balance or feel anything below the waist. Human’s use their feet, għekiesi, and legs to balance – I was getting no feedback from them. Although the surgery relieved the pain, nervituri riġenerat biss madwar 1mm kuljum, u mbagħad biss għal madwar 12 - 18 xhur. So getting all of my feeling back was a long shot.

Kif huwa l-irkupru ser?

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 xhur wara l-ħsara, 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.

Of course ma kienx faċli li! It was a lot of anguish, ruħ tiftix, talb, 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.


I do not know where God will take me. I do have a busy 2014 ħejjew! Kim and I are launching a Small Group Ministry at our church, I am tħejjija u tieħu l-eżami professjonali Certified Ġestjoni Accountant, 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.

I ser dejjem ikollhom sintomi, Cauda equina Syndrome se jkun parti ta 'lili sal-ġurnata li jmutu tiegħi, but it will NOT define me. It is God’s tool to keep me humble.