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L4-L5 laminectomy

madbombermmadbomber Posts: 3
edited 05/22/2015 - 8:32 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hey all, new member and 1st post. I have been going through the previous posts, looking for someone in the same boat as me! I am 46 and am currently a Sheriff's Detective and bomb technician. I injured my back at work in June 2014. The problem I was having was occasionally when I bent slightly forward and went to straighten back up, I would get an intense very sharp pain in my low back around belt line. It was so severe, it would buckle my knees and put me on the floor. The pain would only last for a few seconds, but I would make up new cuss words as it was happening. My back would be sore for a couple days, and some dull aching in my right butt cheek. The pain never went down my leg. After therapy, a nuerosurgeon, several MRI, and xrays, the Doc said I had 2 herniated discs with slight impingement on nerves. He always asked over and over when does pain go down your leg. I continually told him that when pain hits, it feels like a bolt of lightning hitting me in the back, and I never noticed the pain in my legs. He ended up sending me for epidural shots to verify the problem area, and I went for l4 l5 laminectomy/ discectomy. I am now 4 weeks post op, and my foot has felt like it's asleep since the surgery and I have severe pain from my hip to my toenails. When attempting to bend my foot upwards, I can barely lift my toes up and can't get the ball of my foot off the floor. I play the drums also, and that's my bass drum foot ... I go to Doc in 10 days, but I'm really worried. I have had a couple of incidents with the lightning pain since the surgery,which was reason why I went to Doc in the first place, and it seems like the pain area is lower than my scar by about 2 to 3 inches. I hope someone can offer advice or say they had a similar problem with good results. I have been off work since Jan 20th. And I'm going stir crazy and I need to get back to my life of camping, kayaking, riding the harley, rebuilding my old sailboat, and having fun times with my wife... Sorry such a long post!

Update since posting this. I was sent for another MRI, and they just called and said it's scar tissue from the surgery causing the pain and numbness down my leg. That doesn't explain the lightning type pain I was having before the surgery/ scar tissue...


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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    Have you talked with doctor about your symptoms?

    For myself, when I am worried, I call doctor office and leave message with him through his nurse.
    Doctor needs to know how you're doing and he can determine if he wants to see you sooner than the 10 days.

    I would want the doctor's guidance or reassurance.
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  • Thanks for the reply Savage. My neurosurgeon is too busy for phone calls. I usually have to call and leave a message for his nurse. Then she calls me back within a couple of days. Her favorite words are "it sounds normal, and I will let the doc know. If he has any concerns, he'll call you back. We'll see you at your scheduled appointment date"...
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,842
    Surgery. The toe situation almost sounds like a nerve problem
    But that is up to the doctor to diagnose
    As far as the doctor being busy we are all busy. When you call the doctor again make it clear that you want to speak to the doctor directly. And no you don't just wAnt her to relay a message. Tell them that you don't think this can wait until the next visit. May not be true but hopefully you will get their attention

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