Im 25 y.o. male who had decompression surgery on L3-L4 just over 8 months ago. They also found a small fracture in the superior facet of L4 which the piece was removed.
After surgery I felt great. No pain/ numbness anything....... Throughout the night the hospital staff kept instructing me to empty my bladder which I could not and began trying to force it out. after hours passed numbness started setting in on both my legs.
I kept trying to tell someone something was wrong, but was told it was normal and will go away. Well I was released and went home and the next day was back in ER with a bladder at 1000cc and incontinence. Sent back for an MRI and came out to the biggest scare of my life when neither leg would move when I tried. After being rolled onto my side I was able to slowly begin moving them again. Result was an epidural hematoma, and back to surgery I went. After the 2nd surgery my right leg had no further problems, but to this day I have numbness in the entire posterior portion of my left leg/ genitals/ anus, and loss of motor function to the left gastrocnemius, biceps femoris, and anus which makes using the restroom a big chore.
The surgeons office keeps telling me to wait 1-2 years! I keep trying to tell them the numbness severity changes with certain activities and also get some odd feelings as if someone where snapping a rubber band on the numb portions over and over. I was sitting down one day and when I got up my entire left leg had gone numb and I couldn't walk for about 10 minutes. That was 4-5 months post op. They want to do an EMG to test my muscle responses and said because I have "no pain" they arent going to do an MRI because if something was still in the spinal canal rubbing the nerves I would have pain. She keeps attributing it to "flattened nerves" in the cauda equina from the hematoma.
I am no doctor, but does this doesnt make sense to me.... How about any of you?
Im sorry its so long, but i've run out of places to look for answers.
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