I will give a brief history of my situation - I am 43 years old and in June 2007 I started with sciatica radiating down my left leg with tingling in my big toe, after various treatments including 2 ESI's I finall had a micro-disectomy of the L5/S1 in January 2008, when I woke up besides surgery pain I still had the pain in my leg, the surgeon said not to worry because the nerve had been badly pinched and it may take some time to heal, after 3-4 months I noticed that there was no longer any improvement, my heal and side of my left foot was now numb all the time and driving me crazy. My doctor sent me to a nuerologist who after an MRI said that the L5/S1 was herniated and pushing on the nerve - again - I saw the surgeon and on January 15 of this year I had a spinal fusion of the L5/S1 - Since my surgery I think I am doing quite well but I do have some questions about my recovery and I am hoping someone can help me - I am 5 weeks post op, I am walking on my treadmill a mile in the morning (takes me 1/2 hour) and usually a mile at night, I am able to bend and squat much better each day but I do have numbness and almost a burning sesation when I touch the top of my left foot,I also have the same feeling but not as severe in my left butt cheek. I still have nerve pain but the numbness in my heel is gone and for the last couple of days I have been having pain in the incision.
My question is this: Is the feeling in the top of my foot normal? Could it be the nerves re-generating themselves .
Is the pain in the incision normal - could it be the layers underneath starting to heal - the pain almost feels like a tender pulling feeling.
I would appreciate any input anyone can give me.