On Dec. 28th 2015 I had a laminectomy (for stenosis) and 3 herniated discs repaired (l3/l4; l4/l5; l5/s1). Before surgery, the sciatica was horrible, but I had little to no back pain. My recovery has been pretty successful for the past 4 months. Early on, while the nerves were healing, I had various levels of numbness and occasional twinges of pain down my left leg. All of this my doctor told me was normal and part of the healing process. He advised me to take an over the counter NSAID like ibuprofen or naproxen sodium. He even shared with me that when he had a similar procedure several years ago he used NSAID's regularly for a few months. I took his advise and it helped greatly. I stopped taking the NSAID's after about 2 months because I didn't need them anymore.
Here it is almost 4 months later, and all of a sudden while I was standing at work talking to a colleague, the twinges have come back. My leg feels weaker. There is some numbness again in my foot. None of this I would consider severe levels, but it is very noticeable.
My question to the community is, Is this normal to expect so far out from surgery? I have left a message with my doctor and I am patiently awaiting a reply, but haven't heard back yet. I am a natural worrier, and I have let this cause me some anxiety. I don't want to go down a similar path to another surgery.
Dec. 28, 2015 - Laminectomy L3 - S1 (Due to congenital stenosis.)
Dec. 28, 2015 - Discectomy L3-L4; L4-L5; L5-S1 (L3-L4 & L4-L5 were bulging and L5-S1 was herniated.)
May 20, 2016 - Selective Nerve Root Block Injection L5 Nerve Root.
July 15, 2016 - Epidural Steroid Injection L5 & S1 Nerve Roots.
Oct. 31, 2016 - Microdiscectomy L5 - S1