First off, I found this forum while researching nerve damage after microdiskectomy surgery for a herniation at L4-L5. My research has led me to believe that what I am experiencing is damage, but I would like to know what I can expect in the future.
History (how long-winded should I be? *grin*)
I have a lot of history prior.... going back to 1980. I am going to focus on the recent stuff for now, unless someone really wants to know.
October 2006-Violently thrown from a horse I was starting. And by that I men I was launched at least 6 feet above the saddle, landed on the saddle on my right hip, launched again, then hit the ground on my left hip, back and head.
December 2006-After weeks of low back pain and sciatica made worse by spending a month crawling around on the floor piecing quilts, my back went out in a grand and spectacular manner. Unable to get out of bed to pee, I had my husband pick me up and stand me on the floor (thinking once I was upright, I'd be able to walk) which resulted in excruiciating pain to the point I passed out. (I've had two kids, and passed four kidney stones, and that was NOTHING compared to this)
Spent 24 hours in ER. X-ray, nothing. CT scan, nothing. MRI, herniated L4-L5, annular tear.
January 2007-prednizone. Some relief for about a week, then back to severe pain. Taking Dilauded, Flexeril, and Valium, which bring the pain down to about 6 most of the time. I was living in a recliner, unable to walk without lurching in agony. Pain in low back, and down outside of right leg and across the top of the foot.
(insert trials and tribulations)
March 2007- Finally have surgery. A good friend observed surgery and said when the piece of bone was removed, the disk chunks actually bulged out of the opening. They removed three pieces and watched as the nerve roots settled back into place. She said my whole body seemed to relax at this point.
When I woke, I was almost totally pain-free! I could walk without lurching!
May 2007- Weaned myself off the drugs, get on with life. Horseback riding too.
Over the past two years I have had a few bouts of severe leg cramping. Mostly the right leg, mostly my hamstring, but often involving the right calf and foot. Most of the time these bouts last a couple days, but recently (in the past month) they have persisted for days at a time.
One bout in the middle of the night cause me to leap out of bed to try to push my dropped foot back up, but both feet were cramped, as was my right hamstring. I finally managed to push my feet down, but apparently I'd been holding my breath during the pain/effort. When I stood back up straight (I'd been leaning across our waist-high bed) I passed out rather dramatically, scaring the hell out of my husband. I was out for nearly a minute, probably because I landed upright in a chair by the bed.
Since then I have been taking my vitamins, including calcium, magnesium and zinc, drinking lots of water, and doing some stretches, but I am still having problems.
What else can I do? Is this nerves getting worse, or better? Any other theories?
FYI- I am 47, fairly active with gardening, horseback riding several times a week (usually at high speeds) and maintaining a small farm with lots of critters. I am overweight by 30 pounds *sigh* but reasonable healthy. BP 90/50. Resting pulse 50. And I have no medical insurance. (Yeah, that was fun during all of this.)
I am looking forward to your input, and to reading about other people's experiences.