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Unbearable sciatica after birth in foot only! Help!

Gemma1993GGemma1993 Posts: 4
Hi, I am a 22 year old female who just recently gave birth to a beautiful baby boy 8 weeks ago. After 17 hours of labor I was given an emergency c-section however half way through my labor I was also given an epidural. When the surgery was complete both of my legs were still numb, after a few days the numbness in my right leg had faided away however in my left leg the numbness was still there. A week later the numbness in the left leg had disappeared except in my foot. Two weeks after the numbness had turned into excruciating pain and hypersensitivity in my foot and ankle. My left foot is left felt burning, with muscle tightness and electric shocks which are unbearable I can't sleep at night and left crying all day because of the pain.I had an MRI scan which came out clear and an EMG which shows small amounts of nerve damage. The neurologist has confirmed that I have 'partial sciatica nerve damage' , he has also found that I have no ankle reflex in this left foot and that my toes are still numb. He believes that the site of damage is is close to the spine and pelvis and that the nerve fines might have to gel out a fair distance and the process could take several months. I am really struggling as a new mom and I can't bare this pain no longer! I need to know if anyone else has experienced this and that if so how long is 'several months'? Would it definitely go? I just need a bit of hope or insight. I am currently taking 2700 of gabepentin and 3 times 30/500 of cocadomol but this is not helping the pain. I am still currently in pain all the time I have tried everything from ice to heat packs, the physiotherapy exercises only help at that moment but when I get up the pain still remains, I have tried pillows underneath my leg when I sleep but does not help. I haven't slept for weeks and won't take the risk of sleeping tablets. I have read many forums online and haven't seen anyone with what I have.


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