Firstly I'm 25 years old, female and obese. I am also not living in UK and my timezone is GMT+8 (it's 3pm for me right now).
I had a slipped disc surgery April 2019 because the pain was unbearable and my bulging disc was height: 9mm, depth: 8mm and width: 12mm with 30% central canal narrowing. The surgery was a success and everything was fine till this year.
In June 2020, I had a severe back muscle strain that landed me in the ER because I could only stand and sit in a awkward 90 degree angle. I could not lie down or stand straight. I was sent home with painkillers and things did get better. Except every month, for a day or two, I will have the exact same issue. Painkillers helped me a lot. I was not concerned about this, thinking maybe cause I am obese.
However since 9 Nov (2 weeks go), I had sciatica down my left leg (again). I thought it would be for a while, but by 4 days later, the pain was unbearable I could not stop crying - hence another trip to the ER. It was extremely painful till the ankle and I could feel the whole calf/ankle throbbing. Doctor did a Straight Leg Test, and there was pain at 30 degrees. He suspected slipped disc and sent me home with tramadol and an orthopaedic appointment on 4 Dec (2 weeks from now).
What concerned me is, yesterday at 6pm, I took tramadol (50mg). I woke up because of pain at 12 am and realised I could not lift my left leg at all. Or maybe only for 5 cm. The only comfortable position is kneeling down on fours and after a while the pain subsided, so I headed back to sleep. I awoke this morning with the pain gone down by 50% but when I was on the way to the toilet, I urinated myself because I just somehow could not control my bladder.
I am aware of Cauda Equina Syndrome. I don't have numbness/saddle anesthesia. I am able to pee if I want to. It was just this one incident I could not hold my pee. Now, I feel fine leg-wise thanks to the tramadol, but my upper buttock is aching. Should I be heading to an ER again or should I just wait for the appointment on 4 Dec? I just don't want to risk it.