Desperate and needing advice. Spinal Fusion 18 months ago.
The fusion in my lower disc (L5 S1 is what I believe the docs call it). It instantly removed the pain from the herniation. Now, all this time later, I still have numbness in my right foot and calf and lately EXTREME nerve pain. Feels like being stabbed in the calf. Also in the toes. The bottom of my foot has an intense itch that scratching does not relieve. I am in so much pain I cannot function without pain meds. I have had an EMG and Spinal Tap. Nothing reveals any block that would be causing this intense pain in my lower right let.
Questions: has anyone else experienced this? What is it? Can it be fixed? My doctor has put me on steroids in case we're dealing with inflammation, and steroids make me really buts and completely unable to sleep. I am at the end of my rope and quite simply don't know what to do. I can't live like this anymore.
THanks for any help you can offer.