This is a great site! I'm so glad I found it & all of you fantastic folks! I think it's wonderful & inspiring that you all are taking time to help & comfort others even though you have your own pain & worries. You're a big bunch of sweetie pies & I wish you all the best.
Well, then...I've been scared & crying quite a bit lately, so I was hoping for some friendly support & guidance from others who know where I'm coming from. Here's my deal: I'm 23 days post bilateral diskectomy / full laminectomy @ L5-S1. When I woke up from surgery the back of my right thigh was really numb (no sensation), my heel felt like a block of wood, & my last 3 toes were numb & I still was unable to spread them apart. (I had these issues for about 3 weeks before surgery, but they seemed more pronounced after.)
Except for these 3 things, I felt that I was improving significantly the 1st week. However, sometime during the 2nd week I started to experience a slew of new symptoms: my calf, ankle, & achilles tendon became numb; sometimes the tendon feels cut; sometimes the ankle feels swollen, but it's not; the numb areas seem to be having a contest for who's numbest: one day it's the thigh, the next it's the heel, etc; I'm feeling this tingly/creepy crawly sensation up & down my leg (not constant); I have shooting pains behind my knee after walking for awhile; When I lift my knee, I feel what seems to be a tight knot in my butt; Hamstring is tight; Both my legs are stiff & tight (maybe a consequence of not using my body normally?) & in general I feel rickety & fragile; Worst of all, the bottom of my foot has become hyper-sensitive. I can only tolerate wearing socks & slippers. If I'm barefoot, it feels like a nerve mosh pit with every step I take.
After a few days of freaking out, I called the on-call NS @ the hospital (last Sunday). He said he couldn't really help me since he wasn't my NS, but offered that my symptoms could be indicative that the nerves are waking up...OR that I've reherniated. Great, right? I talked to the PA the next day (last Monday), & she told me not to worry, that it's probably just the nerves coming back to life. She said she'd talk to the NS about it, but never called me back.
Like many of you post-ops, I'm worried that I've reherniated & will need a MILF or what have you to make things right. Is it possible to reherniate without a sudden onset of severe pain? Based on what I've read here, it seems like I'd KNOW if I did, but I just can't shake the feeling that something's wrong, especially in light of the new numbness & the fact the I'm not improving noticeably as the days go by.
There are a few glimmers of hope, though. I can sleep through the night; I feel pretty good when lying on my side; Lortab is helpful(I take 4 a day + flexeril + ibuprofen); My toes & calf are still numb, but I can now feel sensation in them, like cold/hot/scratching; heel is a little less wood-like.
Some questions: Is what I'm experiencing nerve pain? What's the difference between pre-op sciatic pain & post-op nerve pain? For those of you who've overcome post-op numbness, how long did it take & what did it feel like?
I know that you can't diagnose me & that everyone is different, but I'd still like to hear from you (especially if you have psychic abilities!)
Sorry to complain,
34, married, ex-librarian, mommy to almost 2 year old boy genius, smoker, eBay shopper, 25 lbs overweight, coffee lover