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How concerned should I be?

I have suffered from sciatica pain for over a year now from a herniation at my L5/S1. The disc is also DD. I delt with the pain for a year and finally saw a doctor. Did PT for a while and went to a specialist. Two weeks ago I received a shot and it did nothing for me. I was scheduled to have another this Thursday but since I had no improvement from the first shot I requested a cancellation.

What is concerning me is I am getting a lot more numbness from my knee down to my foot. I am now unable to bend my toes ! I also have limited ability to raise my foot up towards the sky. I am meeting with the specialist again tomorrow to talk about this, but how concerning are my newer symptoms?
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  • Sounds like foot drop. I had this after my last surgery. Basically a nerve had become inflamed from the surgery. I had to wear a brace and do PT specifically for the foot. I wouldn't be extremely worried, but might have to have surgery to fix that one level. Let us know what the specialist says.
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
  • Soonerfan303SSoonerfan303 Posts: 4
    edited 02/06/2013 - 12:29 PM
    AllMetal said:
    Sounds like foot drop. I had this after my last surgery. Basically a nerve had become inflamed from the surgery. I had to wear a brace and do PT specifically for the foot. I wouldn't be extremely worried, but might have to have surgery to fix that one level. Let us know what the specialist says.
    They immediately got me in to see the suregon today after examining me. I have lost a lot of strength and like you said am developing foot drop. They got me schedule for a microdisectomy surgery next Wed. Thanks for reply.
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  • KeytanKeytan Posts: 41
    edited 07/02/2013 - 7:36 PM
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  • AllMetalAAllMetal Posts: 1,189
    edited 02/06/2013 - 1:26 PM
    Honestly I don't know the difference between one disc surgery and the next. One day I'll google them. Hopefully you'll feel much better and much stronger very soon. Good luck with the surgery!
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
  • Thanks everyone, I will be sure to update after the procedure.
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  • Soonerfan303SSoonerfan303 Posts: 4
    edited 02/15/2013 - 3:23 PM
    Soonerfan303 said:
    Thanks everyone, I will be sure to update after the procedure.
    Hi everyone,

    Just here to update everyone on my post op. Had a successful surgery on Wed and feel pretty good today. The majority of my sciatcia symptoms are gone and I am only getting some occasional shots of pain down my leg. I am able to move my toes a little bit now and am only feeling a little numbness. Overal I am thrilled with the outcome thus far!

    I was in a lot of pain yesterday and still in pain today from the surgery. I am however not taking any pain meds and am able to handle the pain. I am up and about moving as much as I can and trying not to sit or laydown for long periods of time. That is when the pain is the worst. Especially getting up and down.

    Also, doctor said it was a massive herniation, but my nerve looked good. So it was great we got it taken care of quickly.
  • Glad things were fixed quickly. Hope you are pain free soon!
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
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