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sudden numbness right leg

jayhawkjjayhawk Posts: 1,032
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:44 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am almost 11 weeks post op and this week has been difficult with nerve type pain in my right leg. Today my leg feels numb, that numb tingling in my right thigh, calf and bum!

It is probably fine, but I am worried. This is a first and I didn't have this before!


  • Do you think that PT could have caused it?
    Possibly caused some inflamation??

    I know, when I started having all sorts of nerve sensations last week, I started worrying that it was all coming back.

    My physio said that it is common to still get nerve pain after surgery. It almost sounded like she thought I might be left with some :-( Mind you it is nowhere as bad as before surgery.

    A lot of fusion surgery patients seem to have various symptoms after surgery, but then a long way down the road, they feel much better.
    Hopefully this is just part of the very long recovery.

    Are you feeling better emotionally today?
  • Thank you, you are probably right! I know if I called the dr., that is what they would tell me. It is just scarey. I so don't want to go backwards!

    Emotionally for the most part I am better! Except, I just tried on some clothes and it was scarey! Off they went back to the shelf, will try later! :(

    We have our dear friend coming to visit with his 7 year old son who is my god son! :)

    It will be nice to have life, love and laughter in the house! I'm alone today and that is nice...

    One repair man who came yesterday thought our heating unit could not be repaired, but would have to be replaced (at the same time my daughter is getting braces) :(. BUT, the next one said it could be reapired and he is to come today to reapir it so we will see.

    Typically, I wouldn't heat it this late in the spring season, but it is sooo hot and humid which just makes the swelling worse when walking.

    I can do my workout in the pool and I worry that I need that to suppliment PT to be ready for returning to work.

    How was PT? Did you find something to wear?

  • I managed to buy some shorts. I took them and told her, but she said it was ok. I just wore my jogging pants. Mind you we didn't do much physio today. Perhaps I'll take them next time.

    Have you managed to get your pool fixed?

    I hope that you have a wonderful time with your friend and son.

    How was yesterday evening?
  • Not sure why, I am crying today. Maybe I have just held the tears back for too long.

    I am trying to up my nutricition. I eat healthy, outside of an occassional sweet! But I skip many meals. The meds cause me to not be hungry.

    So, I am trying to eat 3 very healthy meals a day with healthy snacks. So far, so good.

    I am also trying to drink more water. I was doing great, then it got lost along the way. I put a dry errase board on the coffee table, to help remind me and help keep track.

    Brenda and my PM doc mentioned neurotin and weight gain. I want to stop it, but there is no way I can and go back to work. In fact my PT mentioned perhaps increasing my dosage to help with the nerve pain that started this week.

    Pool is not fixed, but atleast we can now run the pump which means you can swim in it. But we have had a lot of rain this week so it is cold. Too cold to exercise in.

    Repairman is too come today! I am praying he will!

    What did you think of your PT? What is her spinal cord experience? How long has she been a PT?

  • She seemed friendly and young!
    Your questions really challenged me!!
    I don't know and didn't ask how long she has been a PT or what her spinal cord experience is!
    It never occurred to me to ask!
    What a difference between the USA and the UK.
    We are used to just having whoever we get, and don't think to question it.
    My physiotherapy sessions are at the hospital where I had my surgery. I was sent there by the surgeon and just booked with a physiotherapist. Didn't ask anything about her. I just assumed that she will have been trained in how to rehab lumbar fusion surgery. I suppose that the surgeon must be happy with who they provide.

    I guess in the States you are used to researching your medical workers and chosing who you want to use.

    Perhaps I should be more fussy! I'll see how I get on with her.

  • Let the tears flow. It sounds like you need to let them out. You have had a lot to deal with over the last 3 months or so.

    Looking at your diet sounds like a good idea. I know before my operation, I was very good about what I ate and drank lots of water. Now boredom of lying/sitting around is getting to me, and I'm starting to eat things that just taste nice. I have put on a few pounds, so I'd better be careful.

    We have just got to keep moving along this long road Shari. We have reached a very bumpy bit with some nasty pot holes, but the road up ahead is smoother again. Lets ride along together until we get to that bit. This is a temporary stage and things will improve. Keep your eyes on the road up ahead. :-)
  • I can often be protective over ones I care for Jelly! :)

    Because I am a therapist, I have insight into the world of rehab. Therapist are just like physicians~the training varies widely depending on the university, how advanced her degree is ie Masters verses PH.D,her special areas of interest and also the patients that come to her clinic.

    For instance, initially I specialised in neurology and spinal cord, then I worked in management and over saw OT,PT, and SLP. After the birth of my daughter I switched to pediatrics. By that time I had been out of school for about 10 years. So I wasn't current with pediatrics. I had a lot to learn. Now I have been in pedi for 13 years and for me to go back and work with adults, I would need a lot of training.

    There is a difference too in the types of patients that are available to her. For instance she may have a surgeon that refers his patients and he may see mostly knees and hips. Someone else may refer their patients also and he may see elbows and shoulders.

    It is absolutely fine and expected to ask the questions. A good and confident therapist will be excited to tell you her experience and training.

    I think you told me you are paying cash! So you really need to get value each and every session!

  • Next time I see her, I'll ask if she specialises in spines and ask about her training.

    There is so much I don't know! :S
  • It's okay, this is what we are here for! :)

    You have plenty of time!

    You just don't want to waste your time or money getting OK therapy! You want the very best!

    You have lots of fun in your future once you have finished this recovery!
  • im 8 weeks post-op had appt. with my neuro today and i complained about the same problems your having except in my left leg and lower back. also in my right leg yesterday developed the same symptons that i had pre-op, I told the nurse and she seemed concerned, then when doctor came in i told him, he said bacisally the nerves just need to settle down and they are mad, He gave me neurtion, to go along with everything else, and said to see him in 3 weeks and we will start talking therpthy. Maybe its just the nature of the beast to go thru this. Congrats to your daughter, makes a parent proud. Good luck with your pool also. Hope your feeling better. My best
  • thank you so much for posting! I really appreciate! It feels like we have post traumatic stress syndrome~ where physical symptoms , verses psychological symptoms, cause us to feel it is going to happen all over again!

    I am just a couple weeks ahead of you, but it feels like I have been on this journey forever and a day!

    It's good to know it is the nerves. Right now in PT, I am trying to advance to the next level of exercise. Where I am able to hold and sustain a muscle contraction and move an ajoining muscle! Ex., hold and maintain my abdominals tight while moving my legs in and out. I can watch my abdominals by looking at an device, if it moves, I'm lessening my contraction. It is so hard!

    I am also trying to move to using weight machines. It's not working so well. I love it, but I get significant swelling and nerve pain. But, I'll keep trying!

    Neurotin works really well for me. I have been on it for several years. I really didn't know how well it worked until it was mistakenly stopped while I was in the hospital...

    I am so very proud of my daughter! I have known many of her classmates since pre-K, it was amazing to see them last night. I haven't seen many of them for 2 years. They all look so grown up! :( But, the parents look older too, how can that be?! :)

    Before I know it, highschool will be here, then graduation....it all goes too fast!

    Take care Jim and thank you so much! Shari
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