im 25 y.o. male who had decompression surgery on l3-l4 just over 8 months ago. they also found a small fracture in the superior facet of l4 which the piece was removed.
after surgery i felt great. no pain/ numbness anything....... throughout the night the hospital staff kept instructing me to empty my bladder which i could not and began trying to force it out. after hours passed numbness started setting in on both my legs.
i kept trying to tell someone something was wrong, but was told it was normal and will go away. well i was released and went home and the next day was back in er with a bladder at 1000cc and incontinence. sent back for an mri and came out to the biggest scare of my life when neither leg would move when i tried. after being rolled onto my side i was able to slowly begin moving them again. result was an epidural hematoma, and back to surgery i went. after the 2nd surgery my right leg had no further problems, but to this day i have numbness in the entire posterior portion of my left leg/ genitals/ anus, and loss of motor function to the left gastrocnemius, biceps femoris, and anus which makes using the restroom a big chore.
the surgeons office keeps telling me to wait 1-2 years! i keep trying to tell them the numbness severity changes with certain activities and also get some odd feelings as if someone where snapping a rubber band on the numb portions over and over. i was sitting down one day and when i got up my entire left leg had gone numb and i couldn't walk for about 10 minutes. that was 4-5 months post op. they want to do an emg to test my muscle responses and said because i have "no pain" they arent going to do an mri because if something was still in the spinal canal rubbing the nerves i would have pain. she keeps attributing it to "flattened nerves" in the cauda equina from the hematoma.
i am no doctor, but does this doesnt make sense to me.... how about any of you?
im sorry its so long, but i've run out of places to look for answers.
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