Lumbosacral Stenosis (Cauda Equina Syndrome)Holly Nash, DVM, MSVeterinary Services Department, Drs. Foster & Smith, Inc.
Lumbosacral stenosis has also been termed lumbosacral instability, lumbosacral malformation, lumbosacral malarticulation, lumbar spinal stenosis, lumbosacral spondylolisthesis, lumbosacral nerve root compression, and cauda equina syndrome. All these terms describe arthritis of the joint between the last lumbar vertebra and the sacrum, which is one of the bones that makes up the pelvis. This arthritis narrows the canal through which the spinal cord and nerves pass through. The intervertebral disc between the vertebra and the sacrum is often abnormal as well, further narrowing the canal. The arthritis and disc disease put pressure on the nerves coming off the spinal cord. The symptoms of lumbosacral stenosis, then, are a result of nerve injury.
Which means I hurt here every now and then.
Which also makes it hard for me to sleep, poop and be happy. I have some super duper pain pills (hope I don't have an episode like those Hollywood types) that help me to get by while its inflamed. At least I think that's why they give them to me, its all gets real hazy when I take them. I only have to take them for a couple days when I can't wag.