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6 week PO Foot Drop and LBP

RFLO1RRFLO1 Posts: 23
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:41 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi everyone, I hope you are all doing well. I had an L4-L5 PLIF 6 weeks ago. The NS did not fuse L5-S1 as he said it had auto-fused. My surgery was for severe stenosis at L4-L5. I woke up and had severe numbness in left foot and right big toe. I also could not lift(dorsiflex) my left foot. I went back for post surgery check up at 3 weeks and incision looked well. However, last Thursday I woke up with severe low back pain. I stayed in bed for most of 2 days. I feel somewhat better today, however, my foot pain at the ankle joint hurts pretty bad when walking. I have made an appt with NS for tomorrow. I am wondering if my low back pain is due to the limping I have due to the foot drop. Should I ask NS for an EMG tomorrow? I am concerned that the numbness/pain in foot has not gotten better and may result in permanent nerve damage? I ask because I have read that nerve damage can become permanent after 6 weeks. Thanks for everyone's replies. you guys are wonderful. I would also like to say I have found a new love and admiration for my wife as she has been an angel from above during this whole process. I am surely blessed!



  • I had my l4-s1 TLIF on 8/31/09 and a bone spur removed on 12/4/09, I still cannot lift my left foot and have numbness and tingling/burning/stabbing pains that began the day after 1st surgery. I go tomorrow for my first EMG and nerve conduction test, I am a little nervous about the needles. :)
    I have had the severe low back pain since my second surgery and joint pain in the ankle's (left worse then right) many of my left sided symptoms are beginning to show up on the right, but milder.
    Today for the first time when I stepped on the tile in the bathroom, i actually felt pain on the bottoms of my toes on the left foot, I don't have any idea what that means if anything, but hopefully I will get some answers after tomorrows testing.
    Good luck to you,
    God bless and keep You,
  • Good luck with your EMG today, let me know how it goes. I have had several done in the past. The trick is not to watch them stick the needles in. I also believe it is a very subjective test that depends upon the skill of the technician. I have a 1:30 appt with my neurosurgeon today. Hopefully it's nothing serious.


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