I had a spinal fusion at two levels, l4, l5, s1 on Sept 27th, 2011. My back pain is gone. However, after surgery my left leg, from the knee to my toes, is numb on the outside, always feels cramped, and is weaker than my right leg. I have done six weeks of physical therapy, I do exercises everyday, and I take 900 mg of Neurontin a day to try to help with the pain. No matter what I do, I cannot get rid of that perpetual feeling that my leg is cramped and it hurts. And I often get sudden shots of pain. And my leg has not gotten better since surgery.
I might add this is a post surgical pain. I never had it before surgery. My doctor has explained a nerve may have been brushed, or with the cages put in, it might take some time to adjust. I am getting a bit worried because it seems to have plateaued. It never gets stronger or the pain goes away. I had an MRI and the doctor said everything looks fine. My concern is since it has been almost six months, I won't get any better and this is permanent.
It has prevented me from going back to work. I am a software developer, so everything is mental. That constant cramp pain is incredibly distracting to me and I cannot concentrate.
Has anyone had this same experience or any suggestions on what might help?