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Chronic weakness in leg after microdiscectomy

RynomanRRynoman Posts: 1
edited 11/13/2015 - 3:05 AM in Recovering from Surgery
i had a microdiscectomy three months ago and i developed chronic numbness and weakness in my left leg. it is so bad that my leg constantly collapses when i walk. my issue is my neurosurgeon told me i'm faking it, that's there's no medical reason for it. i can't explain enough how demoralizing it is to hear that. never once did he ever observe me walking without a cane. this is a workman's comp issue, so i'm speculating he is just trying to release his culpability in him causing nerve damage. so, i have a lawyer involved now to help set up a second opinion. my thigh just feels like it has a constant charlie horse, like the leg falls asleep when i walk. am i imagining all this?

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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    If you wonder if you're imaging it, how can you expect others to believe and take you seriously!
    Doctors may read your confusion as not being able to keep up with the "story" when you describe your symptoms.

    I think esp. when doctors are in such a hurry and they don't take time to know us as a whole person.
    It's not right or fair, especially when much of the time we truly are confused about what is happening to our bodies.

    It is not easy, but many times we must stand alone and continue to voice our symptoms until someone listens to us and helps bring management or relief.
    It doesn't seem right to be physically suffering, and still need so much strength for the mental part of care giving needed for taking care of self.

    Sometimes it is helpful to keep some kind of journal about the pain and other symptoms you are experiencing.

    I have been known, and current one I carry around with me...to make little body shapes, front and back, and mark areas of pain and symptoms, with little notations of such on the side.
    That way, even without reading, a glance at markings of pain sites indicates the extent of what I'm dealing with.

    I've also found it quite helpful to bring friend or family member along for doctor visit.
    I give them permission to ask their own questions as they think of things I may miss.

    They have also been able to verify my symptoms by telling doctor that they have witnessed my legs give out or my change into contorted posture to get around without my cane, and such.

    Sometimes we start to get used to some of our painful changes, where our friends and or family can bring out what they see as obviously so wrong.

    You have found a great site to help you stay strong in dealing with, whatever, to continue to take care of yourself.
    There is an icon for search on this site, very right top of page.

    You may want to type in your concerns and or symptoms. You may be led to current or older posts, articles and or videos.
    I personally like learning from the visual of the videos.
    There's just so much information.

    There are also posts about how to prepare for doctor's for appointment.
    Can be found using search, also.

    I wish you the very best as you stay strong and get the care you need!
    Please keep us posted!
    Honorary Spine-Health Moderator
    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

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