L5/S1 fusion done in 11/04 and have done great (except that I have L5 neurophathy which I can live with). March 2, 2010 started feeling some of the same symptoms - tenderness in the lower back, hard time getting to a standing position from my office chair, walking very slow with pain and if squatted down on my knees not getting up.
Took a fall on the ice on March 5th. Went into the ER the following day, xray done doc says rods are ok and probably a ruptured disc, sent me home with IB and told me to see my DR. I went into my family DR the following monday and he was greatly concerned giving my history referred me to a spine specialist. On my way home just about his a child crossing the street. I couldnt bring my right foot from the gas pedal to the break, had to use my left foot to slam on my brakes or I would of hit this child.
I immediately went to the ER. This scared me to death and I know that what I just had experienced was not normal. The ER DR was great, he was just as concerned as I was. Gave me a different ref. to another DR. Wanted to order a MRI but didnt feel it was life threatening to order at 10 pm.
Saw the spine specialist on Fri 3/19 who was very worried. The tests he performed there in his office indicated nerve damage at the L4 level. Certain movements shot electrical pain down the inside of my right leg to my ankle. Now I have a drop foot, numbness of my big toe and foot. I have lived with that for 5 1/2 yrs but this is now new and I am now nervous.
What can I expect? What are treatments esp with hardware already in place and L5 nerve damage already there. I truly dont want to loose the feeling of my right leg all together. Is this a possibility?
Any insight would be wonderful.... Thanks