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Cauda Equina Syndrome

I am putting this on here because my husband was told by a Neurosurgeon at OSU in Columbus Ohio that chances are he has Cauda Equina Syndrom. The issue is he cannot have and MRI because he has wires left in his back from a bone growth stimulator from a previous back surgery and he cannot have a CT Scan with contrast dye due to the fact that he is allergic to the dye. And the neurosurgeon said the hospital at OSU would not allow him to operate on him because my husband still had nicotine in his system. Now from everything I have read about this syndrome, it is a medical emergency and this same doctor said he could operate if it was a medical emergency but they still did not do his surgery. And regular x-rays have shown a great deal of inflammation as well as regular CT Scans have shown the same thing. Any suggestions as to what we can do to get help before my husband is totally paralyzed? And do we have a case for suing a hospital putting his health at risk? And believe it or not, the government denied his SSI claim.

Re: Cauda Equina Syndrome

Hi Tina. I know your email is nearly a year old but I am interested in what the final outcome was. I have CES and was lucky that it was an emergency. I was diagnosed in July 2016. I am incontinent but am able to walk with a walker.
I live in Canberra, Australia

Maureen Heslop