crazylegsMemberMay 6, 2011 at 1:23 pmPost count: 2
I’m very new to asking for help but am so scared I don’t know what else to do! On the 15th of April 2011 I was booked in for a routine and apparently very simple l5 s1 microdisectomy for a protruding ruptured disc it is now the 5th of May and I was just discharged from hospital yesterday in a much worse condition then I entered it in. I am 21 fit and healthy and injured my back while working. On coming out of surgery on the 15th of April I noticed that my right foot was very numb and i was in a lot of pain. On talking to my ns he said it was completly normal and would settle down in a week or two. He came in the next morning concerned as I was still very sore and my pain in my bottom and my legs were still very prominent and I was experiencing new pain in the other leg and in my butt cheek. He sent me in for an mri and discovered that the original ct scan had missed the fact that the right side was also in need of surgery so on the 20th of April I had a second surgery expecting to be able to go home the next day however when physio came to help me mobilise we discovered that my legs didn’t seem to remember how to work properly I resembled a baby lamb walking for the first time and while laying down if I stretched my legs out my right leg jumped around the bed having a fit. It looked like my legs had a mind of their own. My ns has never seen anything like it it is now 2 weeks and 2 days after my second surgery and I have been sent home with a wheel chair and a walker and encouraged to mobilise as much as possible. Although the shaking has improved a little bit it is still there and it is very scary I feel like my legs are not mine i feel very unbalanced like im walking on a tight rope it takes so much concentration to put one foot after another and nobody knows what is wrong with me. I am in so much pain my leg and bottom pain is still killing me my foot is numb and I can’t walk without supervision my surgeon now seems to want nothing to do with me I asked if I could have another mri done before I left the hospital but he refused saying it was a waste of time I’m scared can anybody plz shed some light on this for me if I have missed any info plz let me know its all very fresh in my mind I’m all struggling trying to make sense of it all
kind regards and much appreciatedDonald Corenman, MD, DCModeratorMay 6, 2011 at 8:24 pmPost count: 8614
It seems like you need to have another MRI. There are many possibilities to your symptoms and one of them is yet another herniation. It is very unusual but a new herniation can occur in the short post operative period. This could account for your symptoms. A hematoma can occur (a collection of blood in the spinal canal) that can cause compression and that can be removed with a small injection. Another possibility with your complaints is compression of your spinal cord by a different herniation in your neck or thoracic spine. This would cause some of your complaints but not typically the increased pain. Even a central problem (brain) can cause this. I would request that your surgeon give you another look. A physical examination may shed some light on the origin of your symptoms.
If he is not agreeable, many times a different physician would be reluctant to give an opinion in so short a time after surgery, but I think in your case, it might not be too bad an idea for another set of eyes.
Hope this helps.
Dr. CorenmanPLEASE REMEMBER, THIS FORUM IS MEANT TO PROVIDE GENERAL INFORMATION ON SPINE ANATOMY, CONDITIONS AND TREATMENTS. TO GET AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS, YOU MUST VISIT A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL IN PERSON.
Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.crazylegsMemberMay 6, 2011 at 10:24 pmPost count: 2
Thank you so much for giving me some sort of answer other than you don’t know it has put my mind a little more at ease to know that something could be causing it I also wanted to mention that occasionally but not always my top half of my body tremors also its just for a small moment but when it happens it sends a tingling/pins and needles sensation over my ENTIRE body.
When my NS declined to do another MRI and then poceeded to discharge me telling me he had had enough and wasn’t going to deal with it any more I was thinking of the worst I have been investigating every avenue trying to figure out if something could have gone wrong during the surgery but it could just be that I have a weak back bone… I will keep you posted but I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart it means alot to have services like yours to give us a bit of hope!
Thanking you kindly
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