Sudden, intense pain in right lower leg and foot Jan. 2015. No accident, injury, etc.
MRI reveals anterior herniation and large synovial fluid cyst causing nerve root compression at L5-S1, other degenerative herniations noted to a lesser degree of L3, L4.
Pursued a course of PT and 3 epidural steroid injections with little relief.
PLIF May 2015 with effective decompression of L5-S1 nerve roots, decrease of symptoms and was in process of finding "new normal".
Currently over the past week or two, I am experiencing not only the pain I had previously corresponding with L5-S1 nerve root innervation but also new, worsening Radiculopathy that would now suggest L4 & S2 nerve root innervation.
Initially my neurosurgeon referred me to an ortho for the ankle pain, thinking it was unrelated to the fusion or any spinal issues.
The ortho sent me to PT to strengthen my ankle. After several PT sessions we both came to the same conclusion: it's my back that's the problem, not my ankle. (I'm an RN by the way, and so have a bit more insight into how my body is malfunctioning).
So, after playing phone tag between the surgeon and PT, I will start therapy for my back tomorrow. Again.
My question(s) to you: anyone with similar experience? What was your diagnosis and how were you treated? Has another disc herniated further to be causing these renewed/new symptoms? Will I need another surgery? I've also started on Neurontin? Has that helped anyone? What side effects do/did you have?