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Big toe pain, foot numbness a problem

I am more than a year out from L5-S1 discectomy, laminoforaminotomy. I had a large herniation (2cm) pressing into my nerve. I realize my pain level is better overall (down to about a 4), but I still have buttock, thigh, and foot pain. Lately my big toe and foot numbness is getting worse and my other sciatic nerve pain is the same as it was several months ago. The toe/foot thing is driving me crazy and I don't know if it is part of the new normal I have to accept from now on. I'm on Lortab and Lidoderm at night, Celebrex and Tylenol during the day. I can't take Lyrica, Neurontin, or Cymbalta-or similar drugs. I put a Lidoderm cutout on my toe and it might be helping it but during the day walking is not good. Is there any chance that my nerve is still healing and the pain might become less? Should I see my Dr. to hear that there isn't anything else I can do anyway? I wish PT and walking had been more helpful. I feel that everything I do is a frustrating futile exercise.


  • Go back to your surgeon and let them know what is going on. That is the best thing you can do... Let us know what he/she says. Good luck!
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
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