Slipped Disc -> Cauda Equina Syndrome

Hi, 31 year old male here.

I weight train 3-4x a week (started in February) and last weekend (13-14th September), several days after I had last trained legs I started to notice a pain in my left buttock. The pain was most evident when I leant forward, e.g when brushing my teeth at the sink or leaning forward to get something out the fridge. It is mostly localised in my left buttock but in the first couple of days would travel down my left leg.

Earlier this week (16th-17th September) I started to find it difficult to pass urine first thing in the morning, I felt the urge but could not get going, I estimate it would take 60 seconds instead of straight away. This is unusual because for the last 2 years I have suffered from Nocturia (typically 2-3x a night minimum). This morning I woke up and could not pass urine so I got in the shower and was able to go when I'd finished the shower

Preceding all of these symptoms I was experiencing a tingling in my genital area and also a slight throbbing in my groin that motivated me to check my testicles for lumps/bumps, this was roughly around the 9th September.

I saw a Chiropractor yesterday who thinks I have the beginning of a slipped disc. I told him about the difficulty urinating and he advised that if I really struggle to go to hospital immediately.

Looking online it seems that numbness in the genital/groin region is also a symptom so I am wondering if I should go to hospital. The pain is not severe (I had a massage on Wednesday which seemed to help) and it's not affecting my daily activity. The difficulty passing urine in the morning is a concern however.

Should I go?

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Yes.

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Yes. Not being able to pee will eventualy start to affect your kidneys and may eventualy lead to renal failure. From what you write it sounds as if this may have been going o for a while so don't waste any more time. /RN and med student.

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Yes, go now! My father had this problem and nearly died from it because he left it untreated for so long. Best of luck to you!

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I went. They didn't think the tingling and the difficulty to urinate were linked to problems in my back/spine. They said if it was cauda equina I wouldn't be able to urinate at all.

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I have CES. I can tell you anything you want to know about it if you PM me. It's often misdiagnosed, as it originally was for me. I had emergency surgery for it 2.5 years ago.

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