Red Flag Symptoms
It is fair to say that a key element in the development of cauda equina syndrome is the lack of medical recognition of the symptoms of the condition.
Awareness of the symptoms of CES is the primary means to reduce the number of sufferers.
Although Cauda Equina Syndrome is relatively rare the NHS estimate there are at least 100 new cases in the UK each year, however we dispute this and suggest the number may be at least double that figure.
When a patient suffers from severe lower back pain the words 'cauda equina syndrome' are probably not the first to run through the mind of the examining medical professional.
If 'red flag symptoms' are present it would be professional for the examiner to consider the possibility of the onset of cauda equina syndrome, indeed it should set alarm bells ringing.
What are the 'red flag symptoms?
The symptoms of CES:
Cauda Equina Syndrome is a serious medical condition.
Not all medical professionals are aware of the condition and therefore unlikely to recognise the condition from the symptoms presented.
This must change or more people may suffer with irreversible symptoms which will severely alter the quality of life of the patient.
A major reason people suffer from Cauda Equina Syndrome is lack of medical awareness.
This is negligent and we must all do our very best to improve awareness of this awful condition.
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If you suffer CES you may be able to make a medical negligence claim