I am 4.5 months post op from a Discectomy and Bilateral Foraminotomy at L5/S1. Leading up to this I had been sufering from Sciatic down my left leg the past 2 years that was getting worse, then it spread to the right leg.(not as bad) I saw many Dr's and specialists up to this point trying to figure out what was going on. I was slow to get diagnosed as my MRI's did not really show much, but the latest Spine Surgeon was able to see the S1 nerves being pressed by a moderate L5/S1 disc protrusion, as well as some moderate foraminal stenosis on the left side. Main issue was Sciatic pains and extreme numbness in left leg and outter foot and heel. Ache and pain down the legs, could not sit for very long. Classic Sciatica. (Not much back pain though, it would fare up over the years and go away.) Sciatica was getting worse by the day. Could not sit for 5 minutes in the end. Tried Chiropractic, PT and Spinal Decompression therapy. Anyway decided to have surgery on Jan 4th 2017. Went well. Felt ok after surgery, but on day 3 it felt like a truck ran over my legs! First week was ROUGH. Got on a Medrol Dose Pak and over the next 2-3 weeks got a little better. But post op my right leg/foot was much worse. I figured it was the nerves being manipulated during the surgery and swelling that caused this. Over the next 2-3 months it gradually got better and I was able to sit much longer, up to an hour before I had to get up and walk. I get up frequently and walk to relieve the pains. I also had been walking 2-3 miles every day per the Dr. Did not start PT due to finances but have been doing stretching, and leg excercises every day. Around 10 week mark I fet good enough to start doing things around the house, and was working on my son's car. Was very careful, but the next day I had some pains around the incision site. At this point the pain lasted about 1 week and I had more Sciatic nerve pains in my feet and more numbness. I also started to get some numbness in my groin area. I got realy scared and called my Dr. Put me on another Medrol Dose Pak. After 2 weeks I stared to feel better, no more back pains and groin sensations went away. Started taking more Ibuprophen to help with Inflamation since then. Also started taking Turmeric 1000Mg every day, drinking lots of water, being careful, etc. The past few weeks my feet have been hurting more, burning sensations and hot/cold. More numbness especially in the right foot. But the sharp Sciatic pain has been less and less in the left foot, but still there at times, especially if I lay on my leg wrong or sit too long on the left side. I decided I need to get an MRI to see what is going on. I feel I should be doing better than this, but then again it's only been 4 months.
At this point I am desperate and am thinking about getting back on my Inversion table! It was not clear at my last appt if I can do it but was cleared for all activities, even running so I am going to give it a try.
Not sure if this is part of the healing process, or more mild compressions/inflammation going on? Or just continuial DDD that I have been battling for the past 10 years. I just know I need to do all I can to decompress my discs as this will not magically reverse itself! Very frustrated.