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back surgery and leg and foot still numb.

spssp Posts: 18
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:32 AM in New Member Introductions
In late February I had a discetomp at the L5/S1, was told by surgeon that the numbness would come back. It's now the middle of June and nothing has changed. Still have butt pain, numbness in my calf and right side of my foot, also pain radiating down the back of my leg. Can anyone tell me if this is permanent or more time for nerve root to heal? Any suggestions will help, I just don't understand this at all.
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  • and welcome to the forum. It is hard for anyone to say if this is normal or not because we are all so different and therefore we all heal differently. If you are having these concerns then I would suggest talking to your doctor about them. He will be able to tell what may or may not be going on. Please do keep us posted as to how you are doing and what you find out. I wish you the best and I hope that you can get some answers....take care....Miki
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. sorry you are still suffering so even after your procedure. :''( of course everyone heals differently, but perhaps it is time to contact your doctor!! :-C good luck and stop by anytime! :D Jenny :)
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  • mistake=see below!!! :D sorry,Jenny :)
  • Hi everyone,

    I had another MRI and don't understand what is going on, took MRI to Surgeon and he says the nerve is still inflamed, tried anti-inflammitory meds, the numbness is getting worse and so is the lower back pain. Can anyone help me understand my MRI report, I think I need a second opinion?

    MRI:Evidence of prior laminectomy at L5/S1, with enhancing granulation tissue extending through the surgical defect, through the overlying ligamentum flavum, and partially surrounding the posterior margin of the decending right S1 nerve root.

    Disc bulging within the mid to lower lumbar spine as described above, with moderate right facet degenerative change at L5/S1. There is no exiting nerve root compression or significant central stenosis.

    I understand that no one is a Doc at this site, but if you can give me some input I would really appreciate it. I want my leg and foot back.........

    Thanks for reading,

    SP

    L4/L5 lami July 05. No post op problems.
    L5/S1 lami Feb 09. No releif of leg and foot numbness, and severe pain in lumbar area, pain radiating down back of leg.
  • I'm sorry I can't help with the new MRI, but I am so sorry you are experiencing this numbness and pain.

    I was told for 2 years - just give the nerves time to heal 1 centimeter a month. Well, I could tell from shaving my legs that my legs weren't getting better. I couldn't feel the razor blade all down the lateral parts of my legs to toes. Did a number on myself doing a pedicure to myself once, so be VERY careful!! (I didn't feel the cut and didn't know anything was wrong until I saw the trail of blood I was leaving as I walked. UGh!)

    I wasn't finally and officially diagnosed until I had an EMG and nerve conduction studies, both nerve tests. This showed my doc what exactly was going on, but at that time, I was almost a year out from the 3rd surgery (a 360 fusion with the works.)

    The EMG will show acute (recent) or chronic (long-time) problems. I had both.

    I am numb from my buttocks to my toes down the S1 dermatome (I have permanent S1 nerve damage.). Have you ever looked at a dermatome chart? Just put that in search - see if you can tell what dermatome your numbness follows. Very interesting.

    I hope you get some relief/help. I know how frustrating this can be.

    Take care,

    Cheri
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  • Sorry to hear your pain and numbness has lasted so long. I just had surgery last week, so am hoping pt and exercise brings back sensation soon.
  • Thanks everybody for your comments, will be going to the Doctor in a week, I'll let you know what he says. I have not left the house since January and getting sick of looking at the same walls. Maybe if I could tolerate walking or sitting a little better I could get out of the house, that would probably help me think more positeivly. Has anyone else been home bound from this problem?


    L4/L5 lami July 05. No post op problems.
    L5/S1 lami Feb 09. No releif of leg and foot numbness, and severe pain in lumbar area and pain radiating down back of leg.
  • I hope you can find enough pain relief meds to get you walking. If you had a walker or a cane would that help you with the walking? Anyway good luck with your appointment. Are you on lyrica or something for the nerve pain? Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
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