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post Op Spinal Fusion - leg & foot numbness



  • With my history of cervical laminectomy surgery to decompress a compressed spinal cord, and the Minimal nerve that runs down both arms that control how arms and hands function and periodic paralysis of the left leg and foot; they would just stop taking commands from the brain to move; I started looking for spine doctors, and I can say this to all; do not hesitate to get a second or even a third opinion even if a doctor is not in your insurance coverage. The cost is low to get that second opinion. Only drawback is the time it takes, but that is the way it is. There are good doctors and bad doctors and all in between as to how they approach and work with patients. The doctor who has no time for you is not the doctor you want operating on you; think about that.
  • The following is mentioned because this is what I do to help control and get pain relief. I take Acetaminophen, Alpha Lipoic Acid, B-12, B-6, D-1, and Folic Acid. The Alpha Lipoic Acid is really held high as a fighter against nerve pain. I cannot suggest or will Isuggest to others to take these supplements, but I here am simply informing about what I take to aid in the healing of nerves.
    Nimrox said:

    When I was 15 I fell off the back of a horse... At age 17 (after 2 years of pain and no doctor able to find out what was wrong) I finally saw a specialist who diagnosed me with Degenerative Disk Disease, Spinal Stenosis, and Severe Sciatica... I wen through therapy and it seemed to help for a few months.. At age 20 I was rushed into the ER one morning when I woke up and could not feel my back down through my toes on my right leg. They hospitalized me for 6 days before they did x-rays and an MRI. Doctor dropped his jaw and scheduled me for an emergency L4-L5 fusion the next morning with a bone graph and a cage insert. Most of you know how the next few months follow... Bed rest. Pain. Threapy. Yada yada. Not to mention 4 months after my spinal fusion, I had my tonsils taken, 9 months after spinal, they removed my galbladder and appendix.

    Well I'm now at 1 year 6 months past L4-L5 Spinal surgery (aged 22) and I have the worst pain now than I did before surgery. My leg (lower thigh above the side of my knee and just above my ankle) is physically hot to the touch, extremely tender and painful. My right foot is either tingly or on fire all the time. They didn't give me time to get a second opinion. I nearly lost my ability to walk. But now, even with physical therapy and medicines, nothing helps. I am in constant pain from the moment I wake up and even in my sleep. I've seen countless doctors and they all just brush me off and send me home with more 800mg of Ibuprofen. I don't know what to do. I need relief. I don't know if I'm just psycing myself out with the possibility of a failed fusion or something. Can somebody help me? Give me some insight of what to expect or do? I'm just at a loss....
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  • I'm 5 months spinal fusion post op,when after my op I didn't have a problem with numbness,I'm not sure when this came on my surgeon has said it's memory pain which is ridiculous as I didn't have any pain in my feet,before my op certainly no numbness,if anyone has had similar problems and did get back to normal I would like to hear from you.
  • I am 4 month out of surgery and still no relief from the tingling and foot pain.I am take ng gabapenton for nerve pain and other melds for pain I am seeing an orthopedic Dr who did surgery and was told that I might have to live with this condition unfortunately I can't live with these conditions they are extremely uncomfortable was wondering what others avenues might be available to help me with these symptoms thank you Eric

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