Maybe someone has an idea? I had another fusion in August of this year. Issues with it so far is the top of the fusion broke loose around week 5. Put on a Bone Growth Stimulator in an effort to catch it, and make it fuse. Okay well, with that, a LOT of pain (mainly nerve) and I was put on Lyrica 3 weeks ago (150mg 2x a day) - and it has been a god send in that I can function on it - without it, pain levels sat around 5-6 with the "zings" hitting 8-9 (lasted like 30 seconds when it did that).
Okay, with all that said (and I truly hope it isn't the Lyrica, as it has been a God send as I said. 2 days ago, I started getting swelling around my ankles (I am pretty sure it is water). Yesterday my thighs and knees (ankles still swollen) now have swollen! No temperature or color differences for the most part, yes there is some pain in the lower thighs and ankles.
Before this started, I would "lose" my feet (top and bottom) in the area covering the index toe to the ring toe, and a lot on top and bottom when I sat or stood and was leaning a bit forward. If I lost em sitting, and got up - arched my back, they would come back. Standing with a slight forward tilt - they would go numb.
I have thoracic and lower spine issues as well, but no MRI at this point to say "how bad", as my NS and I agreed if I can handle the back, we will wait until my neck (yeah right) gets under control. I am debating hitting the ER, but too I am curious is anyone has gone through this, and if so, what caused it? It is both legs almost equally. Further, the swelling is such that my lower thighs, knees, calves and at times, ankles feel really tight.
I know it could be medication related, but I have had NO problems with Lyrica now for 3 weeks (so seems odd if it is causing this), is it possible that something is going askew in my lower back now and manifesting in my legs? Thanks all for your input, appreciate!! :-)
PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.