Hi Fellow Spineys,
I have developed a new sympton that I am concerned will become another harbinger of "bad things to come". Hope I'm just paranoid instead!
Anyway, my 2 level ALIF is now 7 months ago. Dr. is very happy with how it looks and am starting to fuse (yeah!) Unfortunately, my chronic pain seems to be coming from my mess of a 2 level PLIF done 7 years ago. My spine was in such hideous shape my surgeon did the best he could to get the instruments in there to correct the severe scoliosis and DDD. You can see the rods from the first fusion are at an angle and my new plate and cages are perfectly straight. (side note:yes, I am a digital age doofus, still don't know how to get my spine x-rays up here to show you all, and don't think I have the concentration to learn it!)
So I will stop rambling and get to my concern:
My new symptom, which I have noticed happening, very sneakily, a bit more frequently is this: "tinglies" from my my butt and down both legs. Mostly noticable in the a.m. while still in bed, and just now happened sitting in my recliner, which is a first.
These tinglies are NOT the burning, searing pain I hear others talk about; they are not painful, just like tiny electrical currents running down the legs. But, nevertheless, this is a new symptom for me and in the back of my mind I'm starting to worry if this is the beginning of something that is going to get worse. I'm the type of person that deals better with reality, rather than hiding my head in the sand.
When I last saw my Dr. I briefly mentioned it, but there were more pressing issues to talk about, and since then they have seemed to increase.
Does anyone have/had this kind of symptom? Did it get worse? Of course I will contact my Dr. if it gets worse before my next appt., just thought I would reach out to my wonderful spiney friends and see what you have to say.
Thanks for reading, I know it was a long post!