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Good leg is now bad leg...or just worse leg

MissinLifeMMissinLife Posts: 1
Hi. I have a long history so I will try to keep it simple. After I herniated my L4-5 disc I had sever nerve issues on my R side including internse spasms, numbness and a completely dropped foot. I had a discectomy and laminectomy that helped take the pressure off my nerve, at least I could lift my foot partially again. I had severe pain and was just not improving enough so I got another MRI that showed most of my disc material gone and my vertebra rubbing together (I could feel that!). Next step was a fusion at L4-5. The fusion did not set due to a hardware issue. I began seeing another doctor and a pain management doc. My new surgeon was talking about fixing my fusion, but in my pre surgery MRI he saw new herniations at L3-4 and L5-S1. At this point everyone seems to think my back is too much of a mess for surgery to really have a good success rate. So, for the last 4 years I have just been doing pain management and trying to live as much as I can. I have had spasms, nerve pain, numbness and weakness in my right leg, but I try to deal as best as I can. I am currently on Fentanyl patches (12 & 25 alternately at 48 hours, so I always have one of each on), 2700mg of gabapentin, meloxicam, flexeril, oxycodone for breakthrough and an anti nausea med. OK, here is the new issue! I have been having new neuro/sciatica issues down my left leg (the old good one!). It started mostly in the hamstring area, with deep searing pain and occasional jolts that felt like I had split my skin. It has now progressed down into my calf and bottom of my foot with pain, numbness, spasms and burning sensations. I am dragging my leg and for some reason walking like I have a peg leg! I am concerned that the herniation at L5-S1 has gotten worse. I have been trying to get ahold of my doc with no luck yet. I am guessing I will be in for another MRI. I am just not sure what I will do if it is worse. At this point I have no faith in surgery. I can't do PT when my nerves are this "hot", it only puts me in bed for days after or leads to me throwing up in my PTs trash can! Has anyone in a similar situation had a procedure that helped? My doc said no go on spinal stimulator. Anyone with multi level issues have sucess with epidural injection? I am just disheartened by a whole new set of issues to deal with. I am now 33, 28 at time of original injury.


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