I am a 49 year old women who thought she was going crazy! Went to the store and practically crawled in the door today. My husband found this website and showed me all the hits. It made me cry.
I had 3 back surgeries in the past 3 years. I had a discectomy the first time, second was a fusion and the third was all new hardware and a new surgeon with a fusion.
A spacer the first Dr. put in had slipped out of place and was sitting on a nerve. The pain was awful...barely able to function.
My new Dr. operated on me for almost 8 hours! The first question I remember him asking me after the surgery was how is your foot? He said the nerves were so damaged he had his work cut out for him.
I have a lot of faith in this Dr. We had done our homework on him and he is a Very well respected surgeon, and he is Chief of Nero Surgery.
After the surgery I felt immediate relief in my lower back;however, the other symptoms I was experiencing was a whole new ballgame.
I was admitted BACK into the hospital after I was released...four days. I had a temperature and was extremely tired...exhausted. There were a series of test done, including a MRI . As it turned out I was anemic. I am still a little weak, but getting stronger. I had the surgery July 21st of this year.
My problem is my FOOT. I feel like someone lit a match, and placed it on my middle 3 toes on my right foot. I also am very sensitive to touch. I could hit the roof if my jeans just touch my thigh. I too sleep with my leg away from the sheets. I Also want to mention that I had no reflexes in my rt leg prior to surgery and I still don't. I got a charlie horse while in the hospital, and I feel like I am constantly on the verge of getting another on. I can almost feel it there. I cut my socks thinking it would help, no dice. I feel my best with no shoes on, but that is impossible to do all the time.
I saw my surgeon the other day and had a laundry list of concerns. He listened quietly and when I was done he said a screw was resting on the nerve for so long it may take six months to a year to heal. I was on the Gabapentin and told him I could not tolerate it any longer ( 900 mg). I was too tired while on it.He then told me he was going to try Lyrica. I take vicodin as needed also for pain. I have been taking 150 mg a day, on my forth day. Increase to 300 in two weeks. I have not felt any relief as of today. I know it is early on but I have been trying to maintain a normal life for so long....I JUST WANT IT TO WORK.
The Dr. told me to walk,I have been, but the pain is so intense. I am so frustrated. I have been to pt, try to do my exercises on a daily basis and the pain is still there.
I guess I am looking to see if anyone out their has lost their reflexes,if they came back.I also can feel the nerves jumping in my rt thigh! It is a creepy feeling.
I am due to go back to work in a couple of weeks and want to go. The Dr. said we have to wait and see if the Lyrica will work.
I feel so much compassion to all that are going through this. I know there is light at the end of the tunnel. There has to be.