Thanks for taking the time to read this, and all suggestions and comments are appreciated.
So heres the short version of before these strange symtoms. I had anterial lamanectony bilevel spinal fusion of L4-S1 with all the hardware, and cages with cadaver bone.
Before this I had mild pain in my right thigh, and sever back pain, caused by compression of the nerve roots.
Well, here is what I need help with. When I woke up in recovery, I couldn't feel my legs, and I had pain running down both legs to my pinkie toe, but I could move them. My neuro surgoen prescribed pain pills, and a walker. After a month, my legs became more mobile, but still had lots of numbness and pain. He ordered a MRI with contrast. He had during this month, ordered x-rays for every visit to check that my fusion was heeling, which it was.The MRI showed that the screws, cages, and rods where all in place, and not hitting any nerves. As far as I know, at 6 months I was 80% fused.
Since all this, I lost my job at 5 months out from my fusion. So I couldn't afford to go see my neurosurgoen. I started at this point seeing my primary care dr for this. She has me on 3600mg of neurotin a day, and 1-2 5/325 percs as needed, not to excceed 8 a day. Well, we all know how that can work somedays!
It's 2 1/2 yrs later, and my symtoms are as follows. I have numbness in the back and outside of my right leg, going from my back all the way down to my little toe. Along this path, there is a constant dull acke that runs along the same path, and at times it's sharp and stabbing, and others it burning. My left leg the numb runs down the back and side of my calf, down to my liitle toe. With both ankles clompletly tight, and numb. I also have unexplained bruising and swelling in both legs.
I did in Nov 08, go to a pm dr. That was a mistake. My primary care dr said that that can't happen from ESI, but I beg to differ. I let the pm dr put to shots in my back. One was placed by the S2, and that one did nothing, So the second one, and at my suggestion(am I stupid), was placed inbetween the L4-L5. Pm dr thinks my problem is scar tissue on the L5 and S1, and he couldn't place the shot there. This wonderful shot started the front of both legs burning. He then suggested that I have a scs, but the day of the appointment, they called and said I need $100,000 up front. Ya Right!!I have that in my back pocket!
So here I am in need of help. In Sept I will finally have insurance, so I can go to the dr, and find outs some answers. What I need to know is what kind of dr should I go to? Should I go back to my neurosurgeon, my physicarist(sp, neurologist, an orthopetist(sp), or some other kind of dr?
I would also like anyones best educated guess on what maybe my problem? What to do for it? Anything like that? I figure the more I know going in this time, the better off I'll be.
Sorry for the long post, but I realy need some answers. Thanks for everyones help!!!!