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minor L2-L3 decompression

wjward64wwjward64 Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:54 AM in Recovering from Surgery
46 yr old male, prev.had 5 surgeries as well as a L4-L5 fusion in the past 10yrs. severe stenosis showed major pinched nerve at L2-L3 and surgeon expected it to be a simple recovery. This dr has done all my surgeries, and knows my back like a book. I had my 6th decompression 3/23/11 and Dr told my wife my surgery was great, better than he expected, and i would be back to work in 2 to 4 weeks as we discussed before surgery. As i came out of recovery, i came to with severe burning in my back, and legs kicking out of control...they put me back out and a woke with complete loss of movement from the waist down. Short story- i spent 46 days in the hospital/rehab and went from a wheelchair to a walker, and now to a cane. legs and lower back still go numb and have severe pain and numbness in lower back and tail bone area. Dr expects full recovery, but 3 months later i see no change. laying down makes pain and numbness decrease, but walking makes me very unstable, even out pat. therapy seems to cause more pain than good...i know from prev rehabs, but this isn't the good pain feeling. MRI showed sack of fluid at L2 L3, but Dr said is wasn't the cause of my trouble. i'm thinking of second opinion...anyone else had similar experiences?
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