Not much is ever mentioned about how the back effects other parts of the body, like the legs especially in my case. After my four back surgeries on L5/S1 in 11 months I was left with a numb and painful left foot. Because of compensating for the lack of a foot that I could not feel, my right knee took the toll for 2 years of walking wrong.
Yesterday, I had knee surgery for a torn meniscus, arthritis on the knee cap, lots of fluid and scar tissue. What was so sad is I tore it 6 months ago and because of all the back problems and foot problems, my doctors didn't think the knee really was an issue. Boy, were they wrong.
It is incredible how specialized doctors have become and how little they know about the rest of the body that they don't deal with. I have had to learn over this whole experience how to maximize my little amount of consult time I have with each doctor. My doctors now expect to see my little notebook with questions and they will not leave the room until all I need to ask has been asked. It also helps me stay on track so I can concentrate on what is being said at the time.
A month ago I had a surgery, which is usually used to save diabetics feet, that successfully brought back movement to my toes and some feeling that I hadn't had in two years, since I lost them after the first back surgery. A miracle did happen.
It has been difficult to keep going all this time. What wears me out it finding the right doctor and trusting them, dealing with the pain, and hoping that the rest of my body will hold up until I can get all well enough so I can start exercising and build up some strength. The last thing is the loneliness. It has been so long I have been in my home trying to get well that I feel left behind.
So in the end my back problems have really effected my foot, knees, bladder, bowels, mind and heart. I guess that is why I need doctors to look at me as a whole person not just a part.
Thanks for listening. I just needed to say this.