Hello to everyone! I have just joined and I was wondering if anybody can give me some advice, or if there is anyone to talk to who is experiencing the same problems I'm currently going through.
Early August this year I had a micro-disectomey on L5-S1, prior to the op I had numbness on the outer side of my left foot, back of my left thigh and in my left buttock, I also had severe weakness in my left calve muscle - to the point where I was walking flat footed and could no longer tense it, and my left foot was very weak. After the op, strength appears to be coming back to my left foot - however the numbness still remains and the left calve muscle is still the same. On top of that, now I am struggling to empty my bowl, (haven't had a positive full bowl movement in 2 weeks), never really feel as through i have to go though I still force myself every morning. I'm also suffering from slight erectile problems. I'm petrified if this is permanent and longing for it to improve. I have visited my doctor who, after a quick check up, insists that my bowl muscles are operating correctly. Waiting on another MRI scan - though the waiting list is long - and to be honest, I personally think that I'm causing more damage the longer I wait.
These issues are constantly on my mind - more importantly I'm worried I will lose my job and that my career will end prematurely - leaving me in some serious trouble - my job is not only my hobby its my life.
Is there anyone out there that has experienced these problems? Did you make a full recovery? Are these symptoms normal? I just need some one to talk to as this situation is seriously depressing the hell out of me......to the point where i have lost my 'get up and go' and really can't plan or see any positive future ahead!!