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Continuing numbness months after surgery

sarah78ssarah78 Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:52 AM in Recovering from Surgery
I had a lumbar microdiscectomy in July of last year to repair a herniated disc at L5-S1. I was in terrible pain, could not walk or stand for more than a minute or two. Had lost feeling in the back of my right leg, bottom of right foot, right butt cheek, and right side of groin area. After surgery I had immediate relief from the pain and was able to stand straight. Walked with a small limp for a while but that has almost completely gone now. As for the numbness... the bottom of my right butt cheek is still completely numb, as is part of the back of my right thigh, and part of the right side of my groin area. Tingling sensation in my right pinkie toe and bottom of the foot. I know the nerves are very slow to grow and regaining feeling in numbed areas is usually the very last thing to recover. July will be a year since the surgery and I'm just wondering if anyone else has experienced anything similar, or regained sensation after the one year mark. Also since the herniation and surgery, I am not able to hold my pee as well as I used to, or gas, sadly. No accidents, but it worries me some. Thanks for any info!


  • Sarah,

    It is true it can take some time for the healing process. July is still sometime away so hopefully at the year mark you will have a better idea of what is going on. As for as the bladder issues, you might want to see a urologist and see what they have to say. The bladder may or may not be related to your lumbar spine issues, so a work up with a urologist might give you some answers as to what is going on.
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