I was just wondering if anyone has any experience with feeling like their spine is "unstable" after surgery. A bit of background: I am 27, 5'8", 135 pounds, and work out/lift several days a week, while keeping impact to a minimum as I have knee issues as well. I was a competitive skier and also a river guide, and unbeknownst to me had been battling a herniated disk for upwards of seven years. I attributed my "sciatica" to a tight piriformis, as I have many other issues with hypermobile joints and tendinitis. It wasn't until I began to experience neurological deficits (numbness, clumsiness, and incontinence), and finally a "rupture" which sent me to the ER. After my MRI, a physician recommended (incorrectly) cortisone shots, which helped with pain but did not relieve my neurological deficits, and as such I received surgery on the 18th of July, 2014.
It's now six months later and after a course of steroids and plenty of physical therapy, I am somewhat back to myself. Still have numbness with most extended activities, muscle spasming, and weakness, but it's liveable. My big question is if anyone has ever felt like their spine is "disconnected" from their spine. I first had this feeling about three days after my surgery while adjusting my position on the couch. It felt similar to the lack of connectivity in, say, a shoulder subluxation. Very startling. I don't know if it is because I am getting more liberal with my movements as time goes on, but I feel more and more like my spine is "unstable" and if I move a certain way, the area above my surgery does not move in continuity with the area below my surgery. This is a VERY scary feeling. It seems like if I were to move too roughly I am actually twisting my spine independent of my spine: if that makes any sense.
Because this is a difficult symptom to explain unless you have experienced it first hand, I was wondering if anyone in these forums had ever had this feeling, and if it's normal. Thanks!