LKParticipantNovember 10, 2022 at 11:42 amPost count: 1
Hi Dr. Corenman,
I had an L4/L5 microdiscectomy in Feb 21. Had nearly a complete recovery until five months out. I was told to do a lot of walking after surgery and then my hip started hurting again and I started limping while walking. I have had right hip flexor weakness for two years now beginning when the large herniation first happened. Have done over a year of pt. I cannot figure out why my right hip flexor is still so much weaker than my left. I did later get more nerve sensations down my leg but more on the front thigh, tibia, and foot. Then later a numb foot while walking and numbness in my groin. I have a new bulging disc with scar tissue at the same level. I have some facet arthropy at L3/L4 and L4/L5. And a bulging disc at L5/S1. I’ve had multiple opinions but the most they say is surgery will not help and they don’t know why I’m having thigh pain and hip flexor weakness. A chiropractor helped get the numbness out of foot temporarily. Do you have any thoughts on what could cause the nerve sensations in the thigh and ongoing weakness in the right hip flexor?
Thank you for your help.Donald Corenman, MD, DCModeratorNovember 11, 2022 at 11:46 pmPost count: 8614
When you say “my hip started hurting again and I started limping while walking”, is this the same original pain? Where is your “hip pain”? Is it buttocks pain, lateral hip pain (where a 6 shooter would rest in a holster) or groin pain? Was your herniation at L4-5 in the “normal” posterolateral position or far lateral? Did your pain significantly improve after surgery, then get worse? Thigh pain and hip flexor weakness could be from L2 nerve problems but hip disorders commonly cause these symptoms too. Has your hip been checked?
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.
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