Nerve Compression - leg collapses
I had a discectomy and fusion at L5-S1 over 35 years ago; pain and numbness were on left side then before surgery. I had about 25 years of normal legs, back, ability to walk, and largely pain free. I have had varying degrees of pain for last five years, gradually getting worse. On August 19, 2011, I woke up with horrible pain and a spasm in my left side, from sacoiliac, down left side of left leg to knee. Plus I had (and have) numbness (on the skin!!) left leg, hip to knee and just below knee. Within hours of the initial onset, during some pain respite, while stepping off a stool, 12 inches high, I collapsed in a heap on the floor. Now I cannot not lift my left leg in the supine positon (lying face up). I have no stand-up strength in my left leg if I bend it slightly, while for example stepping off a stool, or going upstairs. An MRI I had two days ago shows a fragment of disk pressing on a nerve. My doctor says we should use conservative treatment first. I'm concerned that I may permanently damage the nerve in question if I do the wrong exercises. Also there is a risk of injury as I nearly collapsed twice when I made a quick turn on my left leg. In these two near misses I was able to catch myself on my right leg before I hit the floor. I took massive amounts of pain-killers to get me through the first 72 hours and today I load up each morning and evening with fewer pain-killers than during the first 72 hours. I used to work out regularly at a gym but have been away for some time due to the horrific pain. I have been able to re-start exercises at a low level; helps with mental state and with muscles. Basically I'm like the "falling lambs"; I could collapse anytime I forget to keep my left solidly straight. This is affecting my left knee, of course. Has anyone else had anything this crazy? I have a very hard time sitting still, and not just because of the pain. I have always been an active person. Please help with any and all comments. Thank you.