Hi everyone, hopefully everybody is getting some relief today. I had L4-L5 Fusion surgery in Dec. I woke up with foot drop on left foot and burning/numbness in both legs and feet. I just had an EMG done last week and was told I have permanent nerve damage at L4-L5 and hopefully temporary on the right. He told me that on the left only 2 of the 6 nerves for L4-L5 are working and the other ones are permanently damaged. My question is what does that mean for the future, as in will the pain stay the same, get better, get worse? Will I be unable to walk eventually? I am going to do an SCS trial as the PM thinks this is the best option to help with the constant pain/burning. He also wants me to get an electronic foot stim to help with the drop foot. I also have severe back pain and he said that is severe scar tissue wrapping my thecal sac and nerve roots. I apologize for the long post, but I am quite distraught over this. I used to coach baseball, surf, sports etc. My youngest son is 13 and is somewhat mad at me because I cannot do any of the activities I used to do with him. Thanks for your help!
Mon, 05/24/2010 - 1:45pm#1
Permanent L4/L5 Damage Questions?