It has been so hard to go through 4 - L5/S1 surgeries and then end up with a numb and painful foot (neuropathy). There seemed to be no answers as to how to fix it until I found some doctors who have decided to take a chance on me and suggest I have compressed nerves in my lower leg making my foot and toes paralyzed for the last 2 years. One month ago, I had the surgery and recovered the movement in my toes. Miraculous!!!!!! The pain and numbness remain so far.
Frustrating is that the therapy for recovery had to be put on hold because 6 months ago while walking up some stairs I felt something rip or tear in my other knee and the pain was incredible. None of my doctors thought it was serious, as a long time ago I had surgery on that knee and they thought it was probably only scar tissue. Well, I tore my meniscus in my knee and who knows what else yet. I will know after my surgery on Monday.
I know I will need at least one more surgery on that leg because there is nerve damage in my old scar and the other doctors want to cut, kill and bury the nerves so I will no longer have pain.
What is left after all this is a lot of physical therapy on both legs, massive weight to lose because of lyrica and a hope that the neuropathy pain in my foot leaves me forever.
I just feel like I no sooner fix one thing that something else that had to compensate so I could function then breaks down. Apparently, I don't know how not to have this happen and just get well.
There have to be others having similar problems. Are you feeling as isolated as I do? Like on Exile Island at times. And all of this has happened in the last two years since my first back surgery. I am just so tired. Yet I must continue cause I have put too much into this already, but when will it ever end????????
Thanks for reading this.