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toe numbness

annmarie824aannmarie824 Posts: 57
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:28 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hello everyone,
I had 2 level L4, L5 plif almost 3 weeks ago. I have been doing lots of walking around the house. The last couple days I have that numbness/thickness around my left toes. Not the pain in the leg and foot I had before surgery. Just wondering if this is normal or I overdid it. I dont go back to the doc until the 19th. I am on celebrex once a day and thats about it except for the thyroid stuff. I did start icing my back since yesterday and it has been a Godsend. Anyways, thanks in advance for the advice!!
Stay safe and healthy,


  • annmarie,

    I've had similar symptoms. About two weeks post op I was feeling pretty good moving around alot and cooking dinner and I felt like I had a splinter in my big toe. The burning pain grew to include the top of my foot and a tightness in my calf.

    I called my Dr. and went in for an appointment and was sent to xray for a CT myleogram to check my hardware. Everything looked good, and my dr said the pain was probably due to swelling, healing and nerve root irritation due to my surgery. He also explained that my nerves could be waking up after being numb for so long. Also he explained that nerves take a long, long time to heal, months.

    He prescribed me Neurontin at 6 weeks and my nerve pain has been subsiding slowly. I'm still not sure if the improvement is due to the medication or healing. Either way the healing is not as quick as I would like, but I am improving.

    I hope this helps, may you heal quickly.

  • RangerRRanger on da rangePosts: 1,033
    hey annie,
    In August of 2006 I had a Laminectomy of L4 thru L6 due to stenosis which is a result of severe OA throughout my spine. Pre-op I had tingling and numbness in my left thigh area which disappeared post-op. But both my big toes are numb on the bottom side now. Doesn't seem to be a real issue as I have other issues to address so I sort of just ignore it. I would guess it has to do with a nerve problem in that area of the spine.
    Take care,
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  • Nerve damage - if I were a betting person.

    I would for sure ask the dr. - even going to far as to call instead of waiting for your apt.

    If it's not progressing (getting to be a noticebly bigger area of numbness- spreading) then you are probably just healing from the surgery.

    In my case, the numbness grew - and FAST - encompassing the outside half of my right leg, down to the outside half of my right foot in less than 24 hours. It was in the first hours after my surgery and I had to have an emergency surgery to get it stopped.

    Luckily - they got it stopped. Unluckily, the damage that was done is done and everything that went numb is still numb and I'm dealing with atrophy and possible permanent nerve damage.

    The wooden/thickness - you've described EXACTLY what I was feeling. It was like part of me was a block of wood. I could move it (and still can) I just can't feel it anymore.
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