Very long story short, had L5/S1 fusion back in Sept. with screws and rods. Ever since then, I do not have full function in my left foot. Instead of drop foot, I kind of have the opposite problem. I cannot stand on my toes, feel my toes properly (though perversely, I can feel plenty of nerve pain) and cannot stand on the left leg independently. I (and several other people) have noticed a big difference in the temp between my normal right foot and my impaired left foot. The left foot always feels cold (and I'm the girl who never wears socks even in below freezing temps) and it is definitely colder to the touch by quite a bit.
I get that there is nerve damage, but how does that affect the temp. of my foot? Wouldn't that be a circulation issue? I plan to ask the NP when I go to get my stitches taken out from my hardware removal surgery 2 weeks ago, but if anyone else is dealing with this or has any insight, I'd love to hear from you. Thanks!
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