Cauda equina syndrome is a condition which occurs when the nerves at the base of the spinal cord are squeezed together. It can cause pain in the lower back and/or legs, weakness in one or both legs, numbness in the buttocks, between inner thighs/in or around your back passage (the ‘saddle region’) or in legs. It can also cause problems with bladder or bowel control and sexual function. It is a rare condition but you need to seek emergency medical help if you have any symptoms of cauda equina.
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