I had two discs removed and the L4 and L5 fused about four months ago. I had degenerative discs that were causing pain in my lower back when I leaned over too far or lifted anything.
Ever since the surgery I have suffered from extreme pain in my left leg and foot. I did not have this pain prior to the surgery.
I'm told that the surgery caused me to grow a little taller in turn stretching the nerve and that the pain is due to the stretching of the nerve. The pain is intense and has caused terrible hardship in my family's life.
I've had two nerve block procedures without success. I'm on several medications that at best mask and put me to sleep but do little to control the pain. Cold helps and I am continually placing cold packs on my foot, leg and back. The pain is not the pins and needles pain. It feels like I have a constant sprained ankle, the pad on the bottom of my foot near the toes is extremely tender and difficult to walk on, the large toe and the two toes adjacent feel like there is a cord tied to them and pulling from inside me foot and up my shin. Occasionally a tremendous sharp pain occurs which feels like the cord is suddenly being stretched tight down my leg to my toes. The pain is severe when this occurs and takes a couple days to settle down to just terrible pain. The left foot is sensitive to hot water (meaning stepping into a bath, when the water is comfortable to my right foot, it feels hot to my left foot). When I drag my left and right toes gently across the floor, I have sudden needles stabbing my left toes. I have discomfort in my back and hip, but not terrible pain. Not certain what else I can share that might help...
I'm 50 years old and suddenly feel helpless. I'm desperate for help if you have suggestions or know what I should consider.
Thank you in advance!.