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Back Pain/Back surgery pending

klamb0111kklamb0111 Posts: 10
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:01 AM in New Member Introductions
I have been suffering with back pain and numbness in my feet for over a year. I also thought it was something my chiro could fix like in the past. After only walking a short distance my feet would go numb to the point I was unable to walk from point A to B. I would have to stop and bend down and wait for the feeling to come back. I am (was) a runner and walker. I also love to garden and walk my dog. I finally found the right doctor would insisted that I have an MRI. It came back with two bulging discs L4-5 and L5-S1 and severe bi-lateral foraminal spinal stenosis in L5-S1 and moderate in L4-5 & mild DDD. I have tried PT, back brace, chiro and about everything you can think of. I am told surgery is my only option. Has anyone else had the same problem with their feet going numb and not being able to walk? I am very scared with the thought of surgery plus fear of not being able to return to work fast enough. If anyone has any advise I would love to hear it.


  • I also had a bulging/ruptured disc at L5-S1 with nerve pain and numbness to my foot. For me, the surgery didnt work just because it took too long for them to diagnose me (Initially thought it was just a back sprain, its workers comp, so they dont jump to do MRIs very quickly). Personally, getting it done sooner rather than later is best because the longer you wait, the worse off your nerve will be, the nerve will take longer to return to normal and other parts of your spine will have to compensate for the initial injury. This happened to me, and had a second surgery to remove my facet joint in L5-S1 bc it had to take the weight which caused more issues. Just do your research with your doc and make sure hes not just good at what he/she does but great! Hope you feel better soon
  • yes, i have experienced the same thing but it was only in one foot. at first it felt like water was squishing up between my toes when i would walk, then it turned to numbness. i had surgery in 2008 and the numbness has not gone away
  • Thank you for your response. It helps to hear from other people. I had a doctor get upset with me cause what he was trying was't working. He basically told me it was all in my head and nothing was wrong. I have been told the surgen is the best in my area but will continue to do research.

    Wish you the best of health.
  • do your feet/foot go numb to the point you can't walk or can you still walk for a distance?

    thanks for your feedback.
  • Was/is very similiar feeling to babyruth's. I have numbeness in my left foot. It started by feeling cold/wet, like wearing soggy wet socks. Then my foot and outer calf became numb. I then had loss of movement, such as lifting big toe, then raising all toes.

    I had a discectomy/lami and it did not help foot drop. I just had an adr 5 weeks ago. The second day post op, physio noticed that I regained some strength. Unfortunately it is still numb. It started a year and a half ago. I think it helps a lot to have it dealt with early before permanent damage.

    Before my adr surgery, I had touble walking, partially due to my toes not lifting properly causing me to trip up.

    What surgery are they recommending? Did you get more than one opinion from a fellowship trained orthopedic or neurosurgeon?

    >:D< Karen
    >:D< >:-D< : Karen
    L3-S1 herniation and bulges, stenosis, mod facet,ddd,impinged nerves,coccydinia
    discectomy/lami July 2011-unsuccessful
    adr L5-S1 Feb 2012
  • You have been through alot! I have not met with the surgeon yet so I'm not sure what type of surgery they want to do. I have met with othro specialist who did EMG/NEV test and now I am being referred to the surgeon. I'm starting to wonder if surgery works for anyone.

    I hope you continue to get strength back. Thank you for responding.
  • Mean to sound like surgery never works, I am actually VERY hopeful that my adr surgery is going to be very beneficial to me...it is very early in recovery.

    Also, on sites like this, many of the people who have successful surgery leave the site as they get back to there lives.

    Just always like to try to have people get more than one opinion before surgery, and you will know when surgery is the only option left after trying all conservative measures.

    Wishing you all the best, please keep us updated.

    >:D< Karen

    >:D< >:-D< : Karen
    L3-S1 herniation and bulges, stenosis, mod facet,ddd,impinged nerves,coccydinia
    discectomy/lami July 2011-unsuccessful
    adr L5-S1 Feb 2012
  • Karen! This site is so helpful and your comments give me hope. Will keep you posted. Hoping to meet with surgeon soon.
  • recovery from a discectomy is normally a lot quicker than something like a fusion .also make sure that if you need surgery that you get the most experienced surgery in your power ! .it will make a lot of difference .one thing i will tell you ..once you start with back surgery it is unusual that i will be your only back surgery ..as you get older its more than likely that you will need revision surgery and every surgery you have make the back weaker .its a slippery slope
    1997 laminectomy
    2007 repeat laminectomy and discectomy L4/L5
    2011 ALIF {L4/L5/S1}
    2012 ? bowel problems .still under investigation
    2014 bladder operation may 19th 2014
  • I cannot get in to meet with the surgeon until May 18th! I'm told he's excellent and that's more than likey why I have to wait so long but I have so many unanswered questions. One being what type of surgery so I wish I could answer your question. Also concerned as you mentioned that one surgery will lead to another one.

    Thank you for responding it helps to hear from other people. Best of health to you and I hope you continue to heal! I would say "normal" was a good thing.
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