Hi all. I had my surgery on January 31 2014 followed by 2 more ops on Feb 5th 2014.
I originally had a L5/S1 microdisectomy on Feb 13 2012.
I had a burst/calcified disc at the L5/S1 and a bulging disc on L5/L4.
Now I still have a load of nerve pain in both legs. I have tried to reduce my Lyrica from 300mg twice a day but I just can't and in fact on some days I have to add a 150mg in between doses. I am still on panadeine forte 1 tablet 3 times a day and often have a half dose in between doses.
My left foot has bad feelings on the outer side, feels like I have a wedge on the sole of my foot on the outside when I walk and often feels like my toes are plaited together.
At the moment I am sitting on a dining chair and I dread standing and walking because then my feet are really sore, stiff and ache so much.
It's the same lying down, I can't find a really comfortable pain free position.
This morning (this is embarrassing) I got out of bed, stood up and took one step and felt urine running down both legs like a flood. I tried to stop it (pelvic floor muscles) but nothing happened and it wouldn't stop.
I often have pins and needles feelings in my lower legs and feet.
I had an xray (multi positional) in November and the report said it showed the screws and rods inplace and the cage was ok but no fusion visible. I would have thought by 11 mths you would have been able to see bone growth between the L5 and S1 and forming around the cage.
I do have a smaller than normal L5. the neurosurgeon put the usual screws used in the first op. then the CT showed they were too long so he replaced them with the smallest lumbar screws usually used but the next CT also showed they were too long. The third op he used screws typically used in Shoulder surgery.
So, I would hazard a guess I haven't healed properly.
I had better post this before my internet crashes again.
microdisectomy L5/S1 February 13 2012
PLIF L5/S1 January 31 2014; TLIF L5/S1 February 4 2014; 3rd surgery revision of screws L5/S1 February 4 2014