The brief background: After around 9 months of a herniated L5/S1 (began with only tingling for the first 4-5 months, then major sciatic pain) I had my first microdiscectomy on May 30th. The pain was completely gone, no symptoms whatsoever for 5 weeks...then the sciatic pain returned, at a much less severe rate, but long story short, I had reherniated, much larger this time at the same level. Had the second microdiscectomy August 14th.
Immediately upon standing up for the first time after the second surgery, my left foot was very numb/weak. I think I've gradually gotten used to the numbness (which is mainly on the bottom of my foot), but I see no real improvement. What I have noticed is that the top of my foot is almost over-sensitive. I can barely stand to have anything even ever-so-gently brush across the top of that foot. Touching it feels awful, it feels like the skin is going to stretch too tight if I try to move my toes, almost a severe sun-burned feeling, if that makes sense.
I had no numbness or over-sensitivity prior to this second surgery. Is this a sign of nerve damage that might be permanent or is the over-sensitivity a good sign of nerve regeneration or am I just a complete whacko?
I can't find much info on my symptoms on the internet, but maybe I'm just not using the proper words as I search? Any insight would be helpful.
Left leg radiculopathy/sciatic pain
L5/S1 microdiscectomy - May 30, 2014
L5/S1 microdiscectomy - Aug 14, 2014
L5/S1 TLIF - Sept. 24, 2014
Left-side screws/rod removed along with bone fragment Dec. 29, 2014