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.
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