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Foot Pain after Surgery


My case sounds similar to others I have read on the forum but is a little different. I was diagnosis with sciatica and went through the normal procedures of meds, then epidurals which had no impact on my condition. The only way I could not feel the pain was to lie on my side. I ate this way for a month and the only way to get to the doctor's was to lie on my side with the seat down on the car. I had an MRI which said I had considerable spinal stenosis at L3-L4 & L4&L5 and a disc herniation at L3-L4. As I was going to pain management, the stenosis got worse and my foot began getting numb & painful. I asked the doctor and the said it should be ok as long I wasn't having involuntary bowel movement. The foot pain got worse and at a pain management appointment I asked the doctor if my foot pain could become permanent if I didn't do anything right away. The doctor there said he didn't know and suggested I go to the ER next door and ask them. So I went to the ER and ER doctor didn't think there was any chance of permanent damage since I could walk on my heals & toes. The ER doctor said that a neurosurgeon was making rounds & for me to wait & have him take a look. When the neurosurgeon arrived, I expressed my permanent foot concern to him and after a 2 minute checkup I was headed to surgery. Apparently I was developing foot drop & needed immediate surgery.

After the lumbar laminectomy/discectomy endocscopic procedure was completed, the doctor told my wife that he got it all. It has has been 7 weeks since my surgery and my foot pain is still the same but the other problems are gone. I can eat sitting down & ride in cars. I am concerned about my foot. After a PT evaluation, my left foot is very weak and needs rehab. It can't move very much. When I try to walk on it it feels like I'm walking with something in my shoe and I walking on live nerves. I get shocks off & on most of the day. Everyone says it takes a long time for nerves to heal but at what point is this presenting a real problem that must be addressed & could it lead to permanent issues.


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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Rods painRRods pain Posts: 21
    edited 09/08/2014 - 5:01 PM
    I am currently going through the same thing now. I see it has been about a year since this post and would really like to know, how are you doing now?
  • Debbied67DDebbied67 Posts: 100
    edited 09/15/2014 - 6:10 AM

    5.11 You agree not to make duplicate threads.

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