Hi All, I Just Joined on 11 April...
I am writing this because I did not see this particular subject posted. Maybe it has been, so please excuse me for repeating if so.
About 30 to 35 years ago I suffered terrible sciatica bouts. You all have probably been there. You are frightened to move because you will go into spasm. Just when my left leg would clear up, the sciatica would go down the right leg. I couldn't bend over for fear of spasm, and the pain was terrible. At the time they X-rayed my back and said I had bone spurs on L4-L5 and L5-S1. Arthritis is on both my maternal and fraternal side of the family.
I have lived with this, and am just very careful to not do certain things. You all know the drill, I am sure.
In October 2008 I had Bi-lateral TKR. This is total knee replacement of both knees at once. I live in southern Oregon, and this is only done on 1 in 100 people. Even though I am single with no family, my doctor went ahead and did it because I am in good condition, and physically a lot "younger" than my 61 years. I had advanced degenerative arthritis in both knees, and everything was bone-on-bone. I had gone through several years of Syn-Visc infections. Prior to that, it was cortisone. I recovered beautifully, and was only in physical therapy for 6 weeks because I had full extension and bend in both knees. I could do things the PT's could not do! I came straight home from the hospital and did not go into a recovery center. I took care of myself, and even gave the anti-clot injections into my stomach each morning.
Three months ago my left leg started to go numb and give me a lot of pain. At first I thought that maybe it was part of the recovery process, but keep in mind it was "healed" and I was off pain medication at three months. It got progressively worse, and I also started getting numbing and pain in my right leg. The "bend/flex" in both my legs decreased.
MRI's showed both legs to be fine, so that left nerve damage of some sort. They ruled out loose scar tissue via injections into my new joints. I was also getting a numbing sensation in my pelvic region, including the one area that a woman does not want to go numb! At first the doctor(s) thought it could be a pinched Peroneal nerve; heaven only knows why this would happen all of a sudden. I was given a Femoral nerve block for my five hour surgery.
I had X-rays done of my back yesterday, and they of course show L4-L5 and L5-S1 total fused together. There is no space in-between them due to arthritic damage. As you know, an X-Ray does not show nerves, so I go in for a MRI of my back next week on 16 April.
They are now worried it could be "Cauda Equina Syndrome" which is rather rare. Has anyone had this before? I will let you Google it rather than try to explain it. I have all of the symptoms, and they only developed this past three months.
If the MRI shows pinched nerves, the doctor said an operation would be in order.
Any input would be appreciated...Thanks...Kathy