I am a 33 yr old female, mom of 3, who had an emergency L5 S1 discectomy (?)- no fusing - last year. ( Nov2007) I am a year post-op and am still having loads of trouble.
I have no chronic back pain anymore - that's great!
But... there's always one of those :0)... my nerves were compressed for a long time and the recovery is on-going.
I have numbness mostly on my right side - bum, leg and foot. The numbness also includes areas that make sexual function not ideal. This numbness also affects my bowels - slowing everything down... too much info but I need to talk about this! :0( My balance and coordination is off sometimes as well.
I have gained an enormous amount of weight - 50 lbs in 7 mths. This makes me feel really bad about myself. Argh! I have had joint pain, swelling, chronic fatigue, circulation problems, headaches, spasms (charliehorse) in my legs and feet, electric shock sensations, painful twinges when I move the wrong way in my lower back! Is this all related to what happened to me?
I had my thyroid and glucose checked to rule out some other stuff... everything is fine.
I am on anti-depressants that they put me on a month or two after the surgery and it coincides with the start of the weight gain, do anti-depressants cause weight gain?... has anyone else had similar problems post-op from this surgery? Has it messed up my systems completely? I wonder if I have permanent nerve damage.... How long do these things take to settle down and let you know what you are left with?
Does Physio work? Massage therapy? What else can I do? Naturopath? Anything?
I am also new to my area and have switched provinces and don't have a family doc or my operating surgeon to talk to... I feel alone and confused and wondering if I'm blaming unrelated things on the surgery... arghh.
Any kind of feed back would be so very much appreciated....