Had my micro at L4/5 yesterday.. Woke up unable to feel my right leg or move my toes. It has gotten slightly better in the last 10 hours so I am trying to tell myself that there is no reason it won't get better. But this is the exact same thing that happened after my L5/S1 and I ended up with permanent numbness from my butt to my toes. My surgeon this time said word for word same thing as 2005: "well it's not typical but I see no reason why it SHOULDN'T get better." I want to believe him but I'm scared. I am pretty devastated about the situation. My surgeon saw me once post op, said he was coming back, and then called from the car. I was crying and very upset. He was giving me a whe lot of platitudes until finally my husband said, "but is this a normal result?" And he said no. But then he said people occasionally get feeling back.
I can't feel my foot at all, can't lift or push on big toe, can't walk on heels and can't feel when he pokes me with a paperclip. Good news is my back doesn't hurt... And that is, of course, a bit of good news.
I'm really disappointed in the whole experience. I received virtually no discharge instructions and had to ask the nurse about sleeping, ice, walking, pain meds, etc.
I'm trying to let go of the fear and anger so I can focus on healing but it is hard. I'm really scared that the nerve was permanently damaged on top of the s1 damage I already had.