I had a microdiscectomy and decompression in September this year to my 5L/S1, I am a 63 year old male (almost 64)
Initially i still had back pain and sciatic pain but this settled down after a few weeks but this last 6 weeks i have had pins and needles under my left foot to my 3rd toe from my little toe plus hypersensitivity on top of my foot extending to my big toe. (its always been my left side)
This is making me unsteady when i walk, I am having to use a walking stick as its affecting my balance.
I went for a check up at 6 weeks and the Consultant was happy with my progress, Im due for a check up in early February.
The Physiotherapist thinks all is progressing well at my age group - she is also saying it could take up to a year before all starts to feel normal.
The problem i have is the Occupational Health Doctor for work thinks i have reached a plateau so its risking my job situation.
From experience would spine health members think that this is all normal or is it something to worry about, at the moment due to my job I am unable to work and have been off work for just over 6 months.
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Liz, Spine-Health System Moderator