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Back and foot numbness

It's been quite awhile since I've posted or been on this site - which has been a good thing. However, I have recently been experience some alarming symptoms and Im running out of patience. In September of 2011, I was 28 years old and facing my first major surgery - a 2 level laminextomy and discectomy. I was scared out of my mind but knew I was making the best choice. My surgeon at Georgetown was outstanding and the surgery couldn't have gone any better. For almost 3 full years, I've been about 85% pain free. I did whatever I wanted from riding roller coasters to standing or waking for hours on end. Now, the numbness to my left foot has returned all over. The feeling of electrical shocks is constant. The regular numbness extends from the left side of my left foot, up my ankle and throughout he back of my calf. Additionally, my new symptom is numbness and weakness at the surgery site which I've never had before. It feels numb like when you go to the dentist and you can feel that your mouth is puffy but it's not tingly. It just feels like this part of my back is missing if that makes any sense. I'm so distraught at the idea of another surgery. I heard going in after a laminectomy has already been done is a nightmare. Does anyone have any ideas on what I should do? Has anyone had another surgery after a laminectomy? I'm only 31 and the thought of a second back surgery has me scared and feeling a bit sad. Any info or words of wisdom is appreciated!


  • first, to determine what exactly is going on, and then what treatments can /need to be done. It may be that you have impinged a nerve and with some conservative treatment, the symptoms may be manageable.
    Best of luck to you
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