I have been reading alot here but this is my first post.
I have felt pretty alone throughout my back troubles.
HISTORY: Had an injury while 9 month pregnant, lifting my 2 year old out of the bath, this was end of 2006. With many episodes of unable to walk and pain ... after heavy lifting in Feb 2008 noticed right big toe was numb. the neurological symptoms got worse with every alternative treatment I tried but accupuncture did initially provide relief from screaming sciatica. MRI showed two disc herniations, central extrusion at L4 L5 (no nerve compression) and a foraminal protrusion L5 S1 compressing both L5 and S1. it has been painful, depressing and really affected my mojo for all the things I do. BUT I am still an optimistic, positive and inspired person. I underwemt a L5 S1 fusion October 2 2008.
COMING UP 6 WEEKS POST OP.
Here is my main concern I am experiencing numbness hip to foot from both L5 and S1 dermatomes and I get really upset about it. most people say their neurological symptoms go away pretty soon after the surgery and that was the biggest thing I was hoping for. I know its early dayz. But what i am interested in is other peoples who have had similar symptoms and their recovery stories.
I also dont know if I am going crazy or not but it feels like half of my girl bits are numbiush or tingly (TMI) I have to rush to the toilet to deficate and my other big toe is tingling/sore occasionally.
YOU GUYS are awesome support for everyone, thanks for all the reading and info and support i have had by just being a reader here for the last few months. blessings.