Success comes in all increments and for me it was in seeing my toes being able to move immediately after leg nerve decompression surgery on friday after over 2 years.
Short history - I had four L5-S1 back surgeries, including fusion and scar tissue removal, in 11 months. the latest one being January 2008. Ever since the first surgery which was a Lami/disk, I woke up with numbness and severe pain in my left foot. I had numbness that took my bladder and bowel sensation too. Each subsequent surgery increased the numbness and the pain in my foot. For two whole years I have been confined to my home trying to deal with chronic pain and a foot that didn't work. My toes just lost function and yet held so much pain. My ankle gave little support and I had some dropped foot.
I had heard about a surgery that decompressed nerves in the ankle and legs and it was not just cutting. They had a test that confirmed the location in my leg, just below the knee, that I knew before they pointed to it where the compression was. Friday, I had surgery and before I could remember anything, the nurses later told me the two doctors were celebrating the movement of my toes up and down and my ankle rotated like my right foot and they touched my foot and I told them it tickled. Two years these toes have not moved and now my brain keeps moving them to make sure they will continue to.
We don't know if the numbing or the pain will diminish, but to have motion in my toes is so wonderful. They save a lot of feet of patients who have diabetes, and he said my nerve looked like I am pre-diabetic.
Now I must walk in a pool to slowly gain strength for the muscles that I have lost in the last years. I hope the pain and numbing will go away as I get stronger. I have a chance to reclaim some of my life if this happens. Something I would wish for everyone on here.
I also have had trouble swallowing since my first surgery and I was a problem for them to intubate me. My vocal chords are covered in something they couldn't identify and now I have to go see an ENT doctor to investigate what is growing in my throat. Thank goodness she persisted and did get the tube in me so I could have the surgery. I drove 6 hours for these doctors.
Happy to report success!!