Peripheral Neuropathy still 3 months AFTER microdiscectomy!
Hi all. I am so frustrated and just wondering if anyone had any insight, similar experience, etc. I had a microdiscectomy 3 months ago on L5-S1 for severe nerve compression that caused weakness in my right leg and loss of ankle reflex, etc. The recovery was going pretty ok, still had some residual sciatic pain, but nothing terrible and strength was returning. Around week 7 strange things started happening in BOTH legs. I started getting hot/cold sensations, buzzing in feet, ankle areas and then around 2 weeks ago started to get some burning sensations on both upper knees/lower thighs - all mostly happening on the front part of my legs so nowhere near the sciatic nerve that was the cause of the initial reason to get surgery. I had an MRI done this past Friday on my cervical, thoracic and lumbar and nothing was out of the ordinary. Had very mild scar tissue at L5 but again my symptoms are symmetrical on both legs now. Doctor said to give it another month that it will probably just pass, but why did it come on 7 weeks after surgery and why is it still here 6 weeks later (I am week 14 almost actually). I am just scared as these are such weird sensations and very different from what I felt pre surgery which was mostly hamstring and calf pain. I was given Neurontin, but didn't start it yet as I didn't have such a great reaction to Lyrica when I tried it a couple of weeks ago. Again, from a pain standpoint I am definitely better than I was pre-surgery and strength is almost all back, it is just the nerve issues that are getting on my nerves...literally!! Thanks for listening.