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Numbness and very strange feeling post op L4 L5 discectomy

Millerracing16MMillerracing16 Posts: 2
edited 03/15/2015 - 7:47 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had my surgery on March 11th 2015, my injury was on 6-12-13. My pain is gone but my Rt foot is numb on top and mid to front on the bottom. And my foot wants to turn inward when I pick up my foot, making me almost fall when I step. I have almost fallen several times by stepping on the side of my foot. When I straighten my foot it feels like I am straining the inside of my ankle and feels very strange. This whole ordeal has taken way to long and now that I have this happening just scares me. Someone even mentioned nerve damage due to the amount of time before they authorized my surgery! Please help if anyone has any information for me. Thank you and God Bless!


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  • I've been doing lots of research to help find out what exactly is going on call the dr and make an appt. I'm not giving medical advice but you want to make sure thats not nerve damage. Maybe just a fragment from the surgery on a nerve or scar tissue, was there instrumentation used or fusion? Def call dr don't want to mess around with that.
    This can't be happening
  • LaweedenLLaweeden Posts: 10
    edited 03/16/2015 - 5:52 PM
    My 13 year old had a fusion of S1 and L5 and nerve decompression on 2/23. While her spine surgeon didn't say anything, during her pre op appointment, her neurosurgeon told us that it is very normal for her feet to have tingling and numbness after surgery. It happens in about 50% of surgeries. While she in the hospital, she suddenly had shooting pain in the legs (different areas, different times...). The neurosurgery team happened to come to check her when it had just started. They asked her to move her toes (didn't happen), move her foot (didn't happen), I could see the look on their faces and panicked. They started touches her toes and she could feel it and say which toes. All was normal and completely expected. They upped the nerve pain meds and while she still had some pain, it was manageable. She has since stopped the nerve pain meds, informing her spine surgeon she would rather deal with the pain than take the med (it's nasty and the side effects were pretty severe for her). She only having occasional leg pain now but we were told she could have some pain for up to 5-8 months.
    While we were told it's completely normal, especially given how compressed her nerves were, (the neurosurgeon was surprised she was walking before surgery let alone competing as a competitive cheerleader), I would definitely call the doctor and see what can be done to help manage the effects.
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