I talked to my NS's nurse today about the lower back pain and increased pressure I've been feeling in my numb foot. Just a little background...I had a MicroD six months ago, and had resulting numbness in my right foot and some in right lower leg this entire time. In the past few weeks, I've noticed my foot feels like it burns or someone has stepped on it. I have new back pain that aches around the L5-S1 level, but it's not down my hip and leg like last time. The pain is only a level 2 to 4.
The nurse says the NS is concerned about the new symptoms. They think it could be one of three things:
1. The nerves are coming back to life
2. I've reherniated my disk
3. The tear I had at my last surgery still hasn't healed and it's causing pain.
They recommend taking Lyrica for 6 days to see if that affects the nerve pain. If it makes it lesson, then they feel the pressure and pain is from the nerves coming back to life. If it doesn't work, then I go in for another MRI to see if I have reherniated (which means another MicroD?). If it's a tear, they say there's nothing that can be done but take pain medicine.
Does this sound like the usual course of action? I am currently on 100mg of Zoloft -- will the Lyrica interact with it?
I am so afraid I have reherniated again. I had such a hard time with it mentally and physcially last time, that I just dread this. I haven't lifted anything heavy, and I've been careful bending. Thanks you all for listening!