Prior to surgery i had drop foot and hip pain extending down right leg across shin and top of foot to big toe. I had surgery on Nov 5th, fused L4-L5-S1. Had total protrusion, nerve was dying.
Recovery went well and was amazed at success, was almost off pain meds.
About 5 weeks post op I am getting "electrocuted" in my lower back and then stabbed. No pain in legs and I have been getting feeling back in right leg, big toe is getting less numb and more tingling.
I would be thrilled with recovery if I wasn't getting these stabs. They are crippling. Sometime I need a walker to get up and it takes FOREVER to get out of bed.
Also NS started me on bone growth stimulator around same time as pain started.
NS has been very supportive with neurotin, Valium, and Percocet. Low doses A lot of the posts I saw encouraged me that this nerve regeneration but the ones I saw we're old.
The fact that I am having no pain in my legs, the numbness is going away and my foot that was originally numb is now tingling I am hopeful. I'm suppose to go back to work soon and I'm scared with these stabs crippling me now.
I'm also starting to get depressed.
Multi-level fusion L4-s1 Nov 5th 2012
Disc surgery Aug 2002