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Post surgery

I am new to this site and was reading your discussions and was wondering if anyone had found a solution to the extreme numbness about the knee on the right leg? Also both my feet are numb and I am 8 weeks post surgery.  I had a one level infusion on the L5 to S1.  I needed a two level infusion but insurance would not approve.  Now I am having more pain and numbness in my right leg and both feet than prior to surgery.  Has anyone found a solution? I am just very worried about this severe pain at times I cannot function and I am a very active person.  Any advice would be much appreciated.  My name is Tammy and appreciate any advice.  Thank you and God Bless. 


  • LizLiz Posts: 9,745
    hello tammy

    please click on link for information about spine-health
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    Veritas-Health Forum Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • hvillshhvills Suzhou, ChinaPosts: 971


    The numbness is most likely your nerves trying to heal.  Having some level of numbness post-op is pretty common and most of the time it will fade with time.  Nerve healing is a VERY slow process... and 8 weeks isn't really that long.  However if you have any doubts you should contact your doctor as it's better to be safe than sorry. 

    Harry - 65 year old male...
    PLIF L4-L5-S1 due to disc degeneration... May 23, 2013
    PLIF L5-S1 due to failed fusion and broken screw... Jan 19, 2015
    Microdiscectomy, decompression L3-L4 due to herniated disc... Jan 19, 2015
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  • Hi Tammy. I am 6wks post op (L5/S1 fusion) & I am having the same problem. My left foot/leg is tingly, numb & painful. I didn't have any leg problems before the op. Really hoping it will settle as it's hard to sleep. I find mine is better if I'm walking on it or moving the foot. Do you find that too? I'm seeing my Consultant on Tuesday so i'll hopefully find out more then. 
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