Herniated disc follow-up
My disc problem was covered in detail in the now closed thread "Herniated Disc Dilemma" but I wanted to talk about the after-effects.
My hernia occurred suddenly in November 2010 and I was persuaded by the neuro-surgeons that a conservative treatment approach was better than surgery. Strangely, my two immediate neighbours also suffered disc hernias around the same time but they both opted for surgery. Both needed subsequent surgery, one seems to have made a full recovery but the other has ongoing pain.
In my case, I still have peripheral neuropathy, which amounts to numbness on the outer right shin extending across the top of the foot into the toes.
When I wake in the mornings, I have what feels like inward-curving bone pain in the shin and it feels like my toes are screwed up tight. Of course, neither of these conditions are true and a few minutes of massage relieves the pain but not completely. In fact, I am constantly aware of the numb feeling in the lower leg and foot.
I have spoken to my family doctor about this and he seems to think it's 'normal' and says I just have to live with it. I wonder, however, if massage of both the lower spine and the lower leg might be effective.
Does anyone here have any experience in this respect?