Severe numbness 3 wks post laminectomy
I had a laminectomy for spinal stenosis (lumbar) without any hardware, 3 weeks ago. Prior to this procedure, I had pain and numbness in legs and hips. The numbness was in my abdomen, back, and legs (mostly right leg), knees, quads, and mostly right toes. Three weeks later I am having just as much numbness and now severe weakness. I have trouble keeping balance because my right leg is so weak and gives out on me every so often. I have to use a cane. I was a very athletic person prior to all this and now it is very discouraging that the numbness is still so extreme. I have been given exercises to do by the PT and when I do them I seem to feel even worse, yet I want to stay in shape and build the muscles up again. I called the doctor (always speak to the PA or nurse) and they assure me that the nerve root must heal before the numbness will subside and that this is a VERY slow process. I am scared, and depressed about this and need some reassurances that this is "normal" as they keep insisting. The PT says this is normal too. I need some hope at this point because each day when I wake up and there is no improvement I slip deeper and deeper into despair. Please someone help.