Newbie here. I'm overwhelmed reading all of the posts and needs some comments on my situation.
2 1/2 years ago, I had an L5/S1 discectomy for a herniated disc that was causing numbness in my left leg but not much pain. I had tried injections and pt with no relief. The surgery went great and after 6 months, all the numbness and use of my left leg returned.
2 weeks ago, I started having to really think about picking up my left leg. I made an appt. with my dr. for Dec. 9. 2 days ago (Dec. 4) I woke up to a numb leg. And it's not just numb; it feels like a lightening bolt is shooting down my leg every time I stand and walk. My dr. can't see me until Tuesday; he's booked with surgeries. But I did have an MRI yesterday; I thought I was going to jump out of my skin when I laid down. I cried like a baby through the entire thing, but I was determined to have it done.
So, now what? I'm trying to read as much as I can on-line, but I don't know where to start. I can't walk or stand without this terrible lightening bolt feeling; it's excruciating- 100 times worse than natural childbirth in my opinion. I can't sit or lay down comfortably. I have a 1 and 3 year old to take care of, and I feel like I just need some answers. What are some possibilities of what my dr. will tell me on Tuesday? Another discectomy, fusion? What's the usual progression of this type of thing?