Cauda equina–3.5 months after surgery–an update

It is now just over 3.5 months since I had surgery to remove the compression on my spinal cord.  I’m not sure how much of the progress since then has been recovery and how much has been adaptation but:

  • I’m half way through a phased return to work.  They have been really good at listening to my needs and making adaptations to my job (in line with disability legislation).  I’m finding being back tiring but that is to be expected after nearly six months off work.  The students have been very supportive and keep asking me how I am, and if they see me without my walking stick they want to know why! 
  • in terms of my nerve damage, it is hard to see any improvement since my last update – I’m still walking about the same amount, still have stiff heavy legs and still need to use the catheters.
  • I’ve had to change healthcare suppliers for dispensing my medical prescription.  My previous supplier (Wilkinson Healthcare) had no facilities to take payment for my prescription fee.  I’ve move to Charter Healthcare who seem very efficient and there are freebies too!  Who would have thought it would be so hard to pay for something?

Compared to many who suffered at the hands of cauda equina I have been very fortunate.  I tell my story to give others who have suffered from this condition hope that their lives will improve.

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