CES symptoms can take a long time to develop and may vary in severity. This can make diagnosis difficult.
In most cases, the bladder and the legs are the first areas to be affected by CES.
For example, you may have difficulty holding or releasing urine (incontinence).
CES can cause Pain or a loss of feeling in the upper parts of your legs, as well as your buttocks, feet, and heels. The changes are most obvious in the “saddle area,” or the parts of your legs and buttocks that would touch a saddle if you were riding a horse. These symptoms can be severe and, if left untreated, worsen over time.
Other symptoms that may signal CES include:
- intense lower back pain
- weakness, pain, or a Loss of sensation in one or both legs
- bowel incontinence
- loss of reflexes in your lower limbs
- sexual dysfunction
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should see a doctor.