Today is Friday, I just had a laminectomy/discectomy at L5-S1 on Tuesday. I am a little concerned because I had severe back pain and severe sciatica and from May through June, my MRI's showed aside the severe left root nerve impingement (which was the reason for the surgery), I have herniated more discs.
My thoughts, the surgery was a success. I don't have the sciatica pain running down my left leg. I know my surgeon corrected that. I do have pain from the surgery itself (I mean, they do cut you, then cut your bone, then mess around with the disc and remove the jelly material that has herniated and is pressing on the nerve).
Now, my *issue is post surgery I had leg numbness on the left side....then it was the foot... not it fluctuates between upper left toes and foot to whole upper left foot... it is that weird 'sleep foot' feeling which is kind of irritating.
The doctor said that may take an entire year before it will stop but if anyone has any experience with this, please share.
On another note, this website scared the heck out of me aside that I do appreciate people sharing their stories.
For me, I would get the surgery again to deal with sciatica and I am not a 'surgery is the best option' person. I take turmeric and glucosamine and black seed and vitamins. They help better than pharmaceutical drugs.
The numbness is not painful but it is very annoying.
Anyway, good luck to all dealing with these issues. I am 34 and got this simply from a sitting job. Back / spine pain is no joke.
Health is so important and I always try to remember how blessed I am ... I know I could have been paralyzed.
L3-L4 minimal disc bulge
L4-L5 mild disc bulge
L-5-S1 severe disc buldge/left spinal stenosis
laminectomy discectomy surgery - 6/24/2014