Hi, I am a 53 y/o female who had microdecompression L3,4 about 3 weeks ago. The neurologist recommended the surgery because I developed numbness in my thigh and the MRI revealed a bulging disk at L4 and the nerve conduction study revealed nerve impingement at L3.
All this started back in April when I bent over and felt a very sharp pain in my lower right back, had to go to the ER for a shot and some pain medication. Seemed to be better and then developed pain running across the front of my thigh at the top of my thigh and just above me knee. Went to my ortho, he did a quick neuro exam, had me bend over and touch my toes, and I didn't have any pain. He found a tender spot on my right thigh and said he thought I had bursitis in the right hip and gave me a shot that was the most painful shot I have ever experienced. The next day I woke up and the front of my thigh was numb, called his office and they reffered me for the MRI. It did reveal a bulging diskat L4, the ortho send me to our local hospital for one of the anesthesiologist to give me an epidural injection to see if it would relieve the numbness, had the injection, no relief. The ortho then sent me to a pain clinic to have another epidural done, the doctor at the pain clinic said I needed an injection in my low back (can't remember the name of the area), it did relieve the pain, but not the numbness. 2 weeks later the pain was back, went back to the pain clinic he gave he 2 shots and imediately afterward I had a burning sensation that runs up and down the outside of my thigh with sensation like an electical shock. After this is when I wen to the neuro and he suggest one more epidural, no relief and then we did the microdecompression, but no relief yet. Has anyone else had anything like this to happen? Am I being too impatient? I guess I was expecting immediate relief, but after the surgery the neuro said give it 3 months to get the relief. I would really appreciate hearing from anyone who has had anything like this happen to them or can give me advise.