I am coming up on three months post back surgery. (Bilateral decompression at L4-L5 and decompression, left, L5-S1) I have been in physical therapy for 2 and a half weeks with only having some pitching in my lower back as an after effect.
Since surgery I have not been able to feel my last two toes on my left foot, and have numbness up my calf to my knee. This has been generally painless for two months and seems to be slowly (but surely) getting better. However, out of no where, last night while sleeping I started having very severe nerve pain in my left foot on the top, to the left side and up to my ankle; throughout the day it has gotten progressively worse. The pain is beginning to happen more frequent and more severe. The pain feels like very strong electric shocks. The pain causes me to not be able to sleep and I certainly cannot concentrate. I did go to physical therapy today and told my therapist; unfortunately it has been getting worse since my session.
At home, II have tried hot, cold, Lidocaine, soaking in a warm shower to try to relive the pain.
Has anyone else experienced this? I am worried it is a bad sign in this stage of the recovery process. Do you have any remedies to help soothe this pain?