this is going to be long...
L5-S1 microdiscectomy January 2010, failed, laminectomy at L5-A1 August 2010. Recovery after second op moving along until September 29 – had a one hour massage, mostly lying on stomach. Felt sore in lower back when I turned over. Had to take a Naproxen when I got home.
October 1 – mid-back muscles stiff and sore, pins and needles in left shin, “clenching” spasms when I move. Pain is worse first thing in the morning, movement seems to help. Went to tai chi, had acupuncture appointment for 1 hour, mostly lying on my stomach. Had a really hard time getting off the table due to back spasming. Now taking Naproxen, Advil and cyclobenzaprine again.
October 7 – went to massage again to see if she could fix the spasms – she couldn’t and basically “fired” me – she doesn’t know what to do with me anymore.
October 8 – first physio appointment. We’re starting with heat to relax the back muscles, then she has me do some basic pelvic tilt exercises, very gentle. Hurt like hell afterwards, was barely able to make it to the car afterwards due to back spasms.
October 11 – Back spasms getting progressively worse since physio; can’t move, sit, stand, walk...you name it. Ended up in a sobbing heap on the floor – husband called the ambulance and we went to Emerg. They gave me 2 shots of morphine and a fresh prescription for Naproxen.
October 13 – dragged my sorry butt to physio – she put heat on me again, pelvic tilt exercises, some “light traction” – afterwards I noticed numb spot on outside of left thigh.
October 15 – back is somewhat better, “clenching” spasms coming less often. Left leg is still numb, starting to get a burning sensation. Pain in back has moved to the left side/left hip. Physio started a new exercise for me – she doesn’t seem too concerned about the numbness in the leg, but I sure am! Felt really horrible after treatment, took 15 minutes to walk from the treatment area to my car.
Currently I'm really limiting my movement because I'm afraid to do anything to aggravate the burning/numbness in the left let.
I've got another physio consult next week and I hope he'll tell me I have nothing to worry about - but I'm worried anyway! If anyone can offer some perspective on this I'd love to hear it...