Because of a fall, had an MRI, then five steroid epidural injections over a 3 month period along with physical therapy. Nothing helped. I had a L4L5S1 decompression done December, 2008. No relief and again did PT for 8 days. I continually got worse, saw the orthopedic surgeon and he did another MRI then blew me off saying there was nothing wrong. It was suggested I see a neurosurgeon who said I needed a PLIF, same area. He said there was no difference between the first and second MRI. That surgery was performed 5/18/2009.
I'm having a lot of problems, though the initial complaint has been resolved. Primarily neuropathy of the right calf, shin, ankle and foot. Burning pain in the toes and arch of the foot. Also have numbness and tingling of the upper thigh if I stand up too long or walk too far. Strange cold sensations on the outside of my right leg from the shin up to the thigh.
Left leg is weak, with muscle pain in thigh and calf and it was suggested that there was either a bone fragment or hardware pressing on a nerve there. A CT scan is planned for the near future.
I still experience pressure at the surgical sight. Nasty looking thing considering the neuro did his surgery in the same site and removed a lot of scar tissue.
I took samples of Lyrica because my insurance denied it and wanted me to try Gabapentin. Did the Gabapentin eventhough I suffered side effects years ago. This time, there was shortness of breath and anxiety attacks.
I am on no medication at all. Currenty in another battle with my insurance to cover the Lyrica, which seems to be the only thing that works other than the darvocet I've taken when I'm really miserable.
I am only 4 months post op. Am I being a "weinie whiner?" Am I expecting too much too soon. I walk 20-30 minutes daily and try to be as active as possible.
I don't hurt all the time. But because I'm not on any medication, I'm pretty miserable when it does flare up.
Any suggestions, advice or recommendations would be so very very very much appreciated.