As you know, I had a 2 level micro-d to shave the bulging discs and to remove some bone spurs which were entrapping my nerve roots at L3/L4 and L4/L5 on the left side of my spine. Today I am 1 day shy of 7 weeks post-op and I was getting out of the car (moving forward, facing the door after pivoting)after PT and I felt a horrible shooting pain down my left leg after something that seemed like my hip popped. My left foot turned to the right as the muscle contracted heavily when the electrical shock happened!!! I quickly slumped back in the seat then tried again, same thing happened. I took a different approach and finally was able to get out. I know I bend forward a little to get out but only a little. I could walk but my shin, thigh, hip mand lower lumbar all started aching. I immediately took some voltaren, a percocet and iced my lower back while laying down. Of course, I couldn't reach my surgeon or his nurse so I called my physical therapist and he told me, as long as I am not feeling any new numbness or having a bowl/bladder problem, no need to go to ER. He said to take meds and lay down, no exercises for a couple days (ive been level 1 so far because my symptoms were not getting better yet). I called my GP and she said basically the same thing and dismissed it as a "tweak" type episode. I've had tweaks before all over my body and they never felt like that!
I'm feeling better (with meds) and no new numbnesses (which I assume, is good) but my shin muscle is very sore.
Could have just dislocated my hip for a second which is why the shock stopped when I repositioned??? I felt a sort of pop in the hip too. OR did I just screw up my disc at L4/L5?
Could the sciatic nerve could be getting pinched at the hip possibly?
I've never felt an electrical pain like that before from hip down too the foot that would cause a foot muscle spasm!!!
What do you think? I see my surgeon on the 6th and I hope he will order an MRI to make sure everything is okay.
Thanks for reading my long post and for any advice.