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  • AvatarCjdegood
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    i forgot to answer part of the question..my left leg is not numb.. but still weak and i cannot put my full weight on it due to the burning going down the back of the leg. I was told this burning pain in my leg, would be the nerves.. and will take time to heal. I am on Gabapentin 300mg twice a day. I actually had to call the Dr. office Monday and request something for the leg pain as it was waking me up in the middle of the night. I also have Norco 10/325mg and Flexeril 10mg. I only take the latter as needed every 8 hours..so max i take is 2 times a day if needed.

    AvatarDonald Corenman, MD, DC
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    The fact that you have no saddle numbness is a good finding that pushes away from Cauda Equina Syndrome. You unfortunately are having a rough recovery but should start to improve over time. I don’t think that you had a decompression with the surgical technique you mention but hopefully the surgery “indirectly” decompressed the canal (by stretching out the collapsed segment).

    Please keep the forum informed of your progress.

    Dr. Corenman

    PLEASE 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.
    AvatarCjdegood
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    3 weeks post op! I saw urologist yesterday and the good news was the catheter was able to be removed. ( I had a foley since surgery due to something called ileus and bladder spasms) i was unable to empty my bladder and then it became emergency situation and had to go ER to have it drained 1400ml) so i spent the last 2 weeks with a foley but at least i was home. i can now empty my bladder completely, not without a little pain but i can handle that.. probably just result of having that in for so long. My lower back feels good and incisions on both abdomen and back are healing nicely. The only issue i am now dealing with is that awful tailbone pain again! i am not able to sit without pain, and rising from sitting takes my breath away. So i am walking alot and can only sit in the bed comfortably. I just hate this pain! i see the surgeon tomorrow for my post op check up. Not sure what they do or if they look at the fusion to make sure its all good. My question is.. can the L5S1 affect this area? As far as i know he did not touch that part only L4 L5. But MRI did mention disc desication and moderate disc height loss and discogenic endplate changes? i am at a loss.. I may just have to live with this particular pain.but I am thrilled to not have that terrible aching low back pain any longer. I always appreciate your responses! Thank you very much for that. if anything it usually offers some form of comfort. Have a blessed day

    AvatarDonald Corenman, MD, DC
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    Coccyx pain has many different causes including injury to the coccyx itself, lumbar disc referral pain (unlikely), radicular pain (nerve root compression pain-more common) and pudendal neuropathy (“sickness” of the sacral plexus-common). Give your recovery some time as it takes months for a nerve that is decompressed to recover.

    Dr. Corenman

    PLEASE 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.
    AvatarCjdegood
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    Dr. Corenman
    well.. 7 weeks post op yesterday and feeling rather stable now I must say. That part is fantastic!! still have terrible pain down the back of my left leg and foot..the tailbone area is still just as sore and i have given up riding in a car even with several different tailbone cushions. X-rays last week did show the hardware all in place, so that was good news. I have been working from home, which does require sitting at a desk, but since i am remote i can get up and alternate between walking and standing. At least now i can get relief by laying down, where before surgery the only relief i could find was hot tub. Sleeping is definitely not an issue now. I am truly hoping it was all fixed and i do not have to go through that surgery again!! Back is still very sore where they went through, but was told that would be sore for a while. Starting PT next week too. If i can just get rid of the tailbone pain when sitting and the leg and foot pain it would be great! patience i guess. They did get XRay of my neck as well as i have been experiencing some issues. They said that no significant stenosis showed so that was good. Here is what i am dealing with and maybe i just need to go to primary doctor and see what it could be… it may be completely unrelated to spine. Neck hurts cannot turn to the left all the way.. when pushing my head down to my chest it gives me relief, but if i try and look up with head towards my back, it is very painful. i am also not able to lift my left arm above my shoulder too much without pain. Index finger and thumb go numb, but not constantly.. the pain i was experiencing going down my arm a couple of weeks ago has also let up some. i have been dropping items alot lately so trying not to use my left hand to pick anything up. already lost 2 of my favorite coffee mugs. I have changed pillows, sleeping position of my head etc, pain in the neck still the same. I did not mention any of this to the Dr. pre surgery as i just wanted the back fixed and that was all i wanted to focus on.. then after the hard recovery i really did not want to bring up anything new. i am currently taking gabapentin 300mg 3x and muscle relaxer at night for the leg aches, and a new medicine he put me on called APAP-Caffein-Dihydrocodeine.. never had that before but was what they gave me when i told them i could not take norco and work at the same time. i had other questions but i have already gone on too long. Will write again after my next follow up appt. in September. Thank you for listening and always answering.. wishing near Colorado.

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