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Numbness following surgery

I had a discectomy (lower back) four days ago. Before I went into surgery I had some minor numbness in the heel of my left foot and in the back of my thigh. When I woke up from surgery, my entire left foot was numb (from the ankle down). It is still numb and there has not been any improvement at all since the surgery. The only change since the surgery is that now I have terrible pain in the bottom of my foot when I try to walk and severe cramping in my foot and calf. I know I am supposed to be walking a lot to help recover from my surgery, but at this point the only thing I feel in my foot is pain and every step is excruciating. Has anyone else experienced anything like this??


  • Yes, I've had something similar. With my second microdiscectomy, I woke up with numbness that I had not experienced prior to the surgery. It very gradually got better was unfortunately replaced with a terrible burning on the top of my foot. I assumed it was the nerve healing (and still think it is). In my case, I herniated the same disc for a 3rd time about 3 weeks after the second surgery, so my symptoms have since changed again, but I think what you are experiencing, though very scary, can be very normal.
    Left leg radiculopathy/sciatic pain
    L5/S1 microdiscectomy - May 30, 2014
    L5/S1 microdiscectomy - Aug 14, 2014
    L5/S1 TLIF - Sept. 24, 2014
    Left-side screws/rod removed along with bone fragment Dec. 29, 2014
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