Quick history, herniated L5-S1 with left leg nerve damage foot drop, november 2010 microdiscectomy L5-S1, MRI august 2011 showing reherniated disc, conservative measures the whole time pt massage, discogram November 2011 positive showing disc pain generator...recent disc replacement pro disc L September 2012, after surgery right leg sciatica nerve pain, started pt December, no loss in right lower leg strength but having numbness of the skin on right lower leg lateral calf to front of foot to the big toe...wondering if start of something that will progress into similar feeling in left leg..which is still foot drop and numbness lateral calf to front of foot to big toe...realize left leg prob not gonna change but concerned with right lower leg feeling...still pain in area of disc replacement but thinking still to soon after surgery to tell if inflamation? Recently dropping medication within last 3 months from 30mg oxycontin 20mg oxycodone per day of pain meds to oxycontin to 10 mg at night and still taking lyrica150 2x a day...ambien for sleep..trying to not take pain meds forever.still have positive outlook on outcome but definitely a daily challenge..pain in low back is typically positional meaning how I am sitting or lying down, it has no rhyme or reason.hard to sit or stand for more than about 15 minutes...thanks for any help...
Thank you, and not discouraged just hopeful..will post regularly to let others how the progress goes...always look forward to another day, there are people far worse off than I am, and know I went down the unknown road with a disc replacement...always read others posts to see if there is something I may be able to help or add my experiences....I am learning lots
[QUOTE=MikeLite;5115889]Thank you, and not discouraged just hopeful..will post regularly to let others how the progress goes...always look forward to another day, there are people far worse off than I am, and know I went down the unknown road with a disc replacement...always read others posts to see if there is something I may be able to help or add my experiences....I am learning lots[/QUOTE]
Hi mikelite, So glad to hear from you! I didnt have artificial disc surgery but 4 lumbar laminectomies & i remember feeling like you describe, i think. I had a weakness in my back & when i stood, sat or walked for longer than 15 or 20 minutes i would get intense muscle spasms & a deep ache like i had pulled weeds all day. I cannot describe how gradually i had to progress in activity before i actually made progress. I would continually overdo & have to start over again & again. Gradually i got stronger, better. It took a year at very minimum. I hope this helps you, slow but steady won the race for me!
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