In March 2014, I had a series of spinal epidural injections. After the first, The resulting pain 24 hrs later was absolutely horrible. After the 2nd and 3rd post procedure pain minimal. The overall result was muscle loss and loss of strength. I had to use a cane to walk and could not use my left leg to climb stairs nor get up from kneeling position. Sent to a another surgeon, who confirmed the muscle loss and sent me for intensive PT. After several weeks of treatment, some of the muscle began to come back. I can now walk up and down stairs, and walk without a cane, but the muscles always feel tight and when I exercise as per PT, they ache and feel strained.
The surgeon has avoided my question regarding the possibility that the first Dr. injected the nerve directly and damaged it. He alludes that the first Dr did not recognize the bulging disc which could be the problem.
Has my nerve been damaged and will it be or can it be corrected?
I no longer can do hiking or carrying packages up a flight of stairs using both legs. Has anyone experienced this situation?