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New symptoms 7 months after emergency discectomy

Ruth EnglandRRuth England Posts: 2
edited 01/01/2016 - 8:22 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hello ,

I am completely new to this forum but have found this website invaluable.

In May this year I suffered with terrible back and sciatic pain for nearly 10 weeks and then suffered severe leg weakness and foot drop in my left foot. I also began to get sensation changes in my saddle area so after 8 days had an emergency discectomy due to very large L4/L5 disc herniation crushing root nerves. I was told it was cauda equina syndrome incomplete. Everything happened so quickly I never really knew what was happening but have since researched what I had. I was told my foot drop may never recover as it was 8 days before the surgery but my leg and foot made a complete recovery and all mobility returned after about 3 months.

Since the surgery I have had no pain at all in my back or leg. I followed my physiology religiously and got back to doing short runs after 5 months. However, 4 weeks ago I woke up with back pain and mild sciatica and could not stand up straight. I kept mobile and eventually after 2 weeks the pain in my back went. I retained the mild sciatica and then a week ago developed pins and needles and loss of sensation in left leg and saddle area. I now know the red flags signs so despite having no real pain I went to A&E (ER) for the numbness in my saddle. They did an MRI and my surgeon looked at it. He said the area where I had herniated the disc did not look normal and never would due to the size of the herniation. However he said he could not see what was causing the symptoms and no surgery was needed. One week since the MRI I still have the same symptoms. Numbness is always there, pins and needles come in waves and I occasionally get electric shock feelings.

Has anyone else experienced this after such a good recovery and what was it? I'm not sure what to do next but the numbness in my saddle is a little worrying.

All suggestions welcome.

Thanks in advance and Happy New Year!

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  • hvillshhvills Suzhou, ChinaPosts: 726
    You probably have some form of nerve damage... I have permanent numbness across the bottom of my right foot due to nerve damage and I some times get jolting electric shocks across my right knee area also due to nerve damage. You might ask your doctor to do a myelogram to get a closer look at your spinal nerve column. With the discectomy your back will never be 100% again... for the rest of your life. So don't over do it or you will end up having to go for fusion surgery. You may want to condsider some lifestyle changes... running in particular is hard on your spine.
    Harry - 63 year old male...
    PLIF L4-L5-S1 due to disc degeneration... May 23, 2013
    PLIF L5-S1 due to failed fusion and broken screw... Jan 19, 2015
    Microdiscectomy, decompression L3-L4 due to herniated disc... Jan 19, 2015
  • Thanks for your reply Hvills.

    Yes I have considered it could be nerve damage but it just seems strange that these symptoms have started 7 months after the surgery. My surgeon is great but he's an orthopaedic specialist so I'm thinking maybe I should see a neurologist. I'm in the UK though and our health service is different so will have to speak to my GP first.

    As for the running I hear you. I did ask my surgeon if I could run again and he seemed to think it was ok. For now though I am sticking to brisk walking and thinking about a gentle yoga class. Unfortunately I really don't like swimming and I'm only 43 so need some form of exercise outlet!

    Thanks again.
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