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Loss of strength in Leg, No Feeling in 3 toes after removal of hardware from Spinal Fusion

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:23 AM in New Member Introductions
Not to scare anyone but I had L5-S1 spinal fusion 1/07, after which pain didn't go away. After waiting for healing time, I was told that It appeared that the new bone that had grown grew outside of the cage and was pressing on the Sciatic nerve. After which 7/08 I underwent 2nd surgery to remove hardware and bone was shaved down to decompress nerve. Upon wake up from surgery, my foot was in extreme pain. I told the hospital staff and doctor and was told that it was probably the positioning on the operating table that caused pain and that it would subside in a few days. No, it never went away and I have loss of feeling in side and back of lower left leg, 3 toes don't move, and I have to use a Walker because I have loss of strength in leg. The Neurosurgeon told me "well it appears you have permenant nerve damage, sent me to a Pain Management Specialist whom immediately told me I needed a Nerve Stimulator implanted in my back in order to have a
"better sensation of feeling" in my leg. He did not suggest any tests, or offer other treatments. He also told me I needed to see a Pschiatrist for a Psychological evaluation due to insurance requirements for implant and he would like to have it in his file. Well it's now October and I finally got a 2nd opinion. I had 2 nerve tests done today and was told that the S1 Nerve is damaged. Is it permenant??? I am in the process of getting a new MRI to see if something else is pressing on the nerve or if the nerve was damaged during surgery..... I did not suffer any leg pain, numbness, loss of strength prior to 2nd surgery and was told both times that I had an 80% chance of full recovery. I am now Disabled and on Social Security. Mind you I am only 42 Years old and in good health otherwise. My best suggestion to all of you is to get a 2nd or even 3rd opinion before getting Back Surgeries. I pray for all of you suffering and wish you all the best. ****** If anyone else out there has gone thru similar situation, please comment back***** I am so frustrated and just want my life back again!!! ~X(


  • hi!!! unblock access to your pm please!! ~X( Jenny :)
  • I am so sorry to hear what you have been through. If you read on through this forum you will find that you are definitely not alone when it comes to failed surgery and nerve damage. Have you tried any of the nerve pain meds? There are lots of folks here that use them with much success. You may want to check out the Pain Management section and also the Pain Medication section for more info. I know that it is hard to accept the fact that you may need to take meds but some of us have no other option and get along quite well with them. Good luck and please keep us posted on your progress.
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  • Hi all,
    I'm new to the site but after reading a few stories I thought I'd post to see if anybody has had the same symptoms that I'm having. In febuary my left leg started twitching at the end of the day, then as the twitching decreased numbness increased. Now my whole left foot and leg up to my hip is numb and weak, my ankle and knee keep giving way. I don't know where my foot is without looking. I'm waiting for an op to flatten out my left foot as I have a very large arch. I'm now getting tingling in my right toes and get a pain up through my right foot which makes me flinch. I'm otherwise fit and healthy. I have no back pain, I have had a full MRI scan which came back fine. I'm currently waiting for nerve conduction tests but it's worrying. Any help/advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
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