Extreme numbness and weakness after spinal surgery
This is my 2nd post. I had laminectomy for spinal stenosis 5 weeks ago and I am still numb from the waist down. Mostly in my back, stomach, quads, knees. My right leg is so weak that I have to use a cane. The stenosis was in L4 and L5 regions. Prior to laminectomy I had epidural steroid injections which worked for pain for a few weeks. But numbness persisted and I had one more round, which seemed to have caused the numbness to get worse. Then I had the laminectomy, in the hopes that the numbness would get better. So far it is just as bad or even worse. I was told it is too early to assess whether or not this surgery is successful, but I would still like to have some idea if my spinal nerve will ever heal. I was told that due to the compression over some time, it will take time for it to heal. My right leg is the absolute worse, where the numbness is all the way down to the toes. I seriously cannot bend my foot up or down. I am have PT and do my exercises but I have not seen any improvement yet. I am trying to keep a positive state of mind but it is hard. Any idea if the nerve will heal and I can start walking properly again and living a life? The NS comes well regarded and I hope she didn't make a mistake. Sometimes I wish I never even had this surgery because I walked better before. The pain, on the other hand, is way less and that is good.