Dear Dr Corenman,
I had a lumbar decompression of left L4-L5 and L5-S1 3 and a half years okay with great success. Those are two black discs and are severely degenerated.I also have a mild kyphoscoliosis with degeneration through the thoracic spine.My back flares up occasionally but kept on top of it with regular physio and pilates.
In the last two weeks I had some buttock pain on the left which eased with a lidocaine patch.
On Weds morning I woke up wih pain in buttock and going into the thigh. I could not get comfortable in any position and had an online consultation with a GP who prescribed tramadol. This barely touched the pain (I am allergic to anti inflammatories).
On Friday morning the pain was a little worse and I went to have a shower. It then went of the scale with severe,sharp nerve pain pulsing into my leg including the front and side of my left knee.
I was literally rolling on the floor in pain. I went to the GP who put me on Tapentadol. This also has barely touched the pain and as it wears off I am in agonising pain again. I also notice this morning that have numbness most prominent on the inside of my knee ,going down from there mid way to my calf and up to my groin.I am trying to keep some movement with gentle stretches but seem to aggravate it.My left thigh is like a rock so guess it’s in a spasm and I try to massage it with little success.I can’t shake the pain lying sitting or standing. What is going on?. Many thanks for your help.