Numbness after Microdiscectomy

Numbness after Microdiscectomy

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teacher85
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Numbness after Microdiscectomy

Hello, I am 3 months post-op microdiscectomy of my L4-L5. I had horrible back pain and sciatic pain for years. I saw a physio therapist and chiropractor to help manage the "flair-ups" every 8 months. Eventually my right leg/foot went numb and my left foot...so I had the emergency surgery. 3 months later. I am no longer in any pain. My calves and feet on both sides are still numb, and I can't feel three toes on either side. I can't stand on my toes. I also have some numbness in my rear-end and my bladder is incontinent (but not extremely). I will be getting a post-op MRI to determine if there might be scar tissue compressing the nerve or possible inflammation at the site. I can walk with a cane, but not properly at all.

Is this numbness common?

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KarenD
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Numbness

Numbness is common with nerve pain and may or may not lessen after surgery. You also can get numbness after surgery that you didn't have before. i have usually had numbness around the incision site with each surgery.

KarenD
4 level ACDF C4-C7 5-2-11, laminectomy & discectomy L4-L5 1/26/12, ALIF L4-5, L5-S1 12/10/12.

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Yes

I had (and still continue to have) numbness, this does happen after spinal surgery sometimes. I have the same "three toe" problem. I know neurotin helped me, but as I have said many times on this forum... it took like 2 months of taking it faithfully to really see a difference. I am still taking it 9 months after surgery and will probably take it a full year. Also remember nerves take a VERY LONG time to heal and I've been told to expect gradual improvement for up to a year, and that many patients continue to see improvement even after a year mark. I think you certainly need to mention this to your doctor next visit, or even call the surgical nurse to discuss this. If you are taking a nerve medication, the dosage might need to be increased, or they might even want to try a different one, there are several on the market. I think the biggest "concern" I have as a non-medical professional is the incontinent issue. This for CERTAIN need to be addressed imediately before it has a chance to get worse. So I'd call the nurse asap and see if the surgeon thinks is is normal/to be expected at this stage or if you need to come in soon. Keep us updated.

33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.

teacher85
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Thanks!

I am not on any medication at this point. My bladder is getting stronger as I continue with my physio therapy. I have actually been released from the Surgeon's care unless my family doctor says it necessary to contact him.