The Patient’s story
In June 2017, I stepped onto a bus platform and without any warning, I experienced excruciating pain in the small of my back and legs and was almost unable to walk.
My wife managed to get me home and I took some pain killers but my mobility was badly effected and I needed a walking stick. I persevered for a few months, fluctuating in and out of pain, until September.
Eventually I went to see the GP who put me in touch with Connect. I had a physio telephone consultation within days and given an appointment to meet the physio Steve Barwick at the GP surgery on the Thursday, who gave me a course of exercises to carry out at home, which I was prepared to do and whilst they were helping a little, I still felt in a great deal of pain.
The physio explained the signs and symptoms of cauda equina syndrome and the urgency involved should these occur
Steve pointed out to me, and this was the crux of the matter, that if I had any numbness in my groin area or incontinence to go straight to A&E, where they would most likely do an MRI scan. He empowered me to act, saying if I lost any sensation, to go straight to hospital.