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FAILED L5 S1 laminectomy disectomy bone graft fusion, left leg and foot numb unable to move my toes

Started by MeLli83 on 04/03/2018 12:55am

I'm 34 year old single mother of two very active boys I have had 3 back surgeries this past year my first one was an L5 S1 laminectomy discectomy it failed month later and I had another L5 S1 laminectomy with a scar tissue removal both with bone grafts fusions six months later I had a third L5 S1 laminectomy discectomy for the scar tissue removal and a detethering of my spinach cord, in November 2018 since then my left leg has and foot have been completely numb and im unable to move and bend my toes, I have done physical therapy, meds gabopentin, been to the ER for DVT doppler ultrasounds, last week i had a nerve conduction test which showed significant reduction of the left peroneal motor response and active Subacute left L5 radiculopathy, my neuro surgeon has scheduled an MRI for this Thursday and suggesting a spinal stimulation device. I'm doing anything to avoid my fourth back surgery and so hopeless every time we have the surgery it just creates more scar tissue and I'm just hoping maybe somebody else has had this experience and maybe there is light at the end of the tunnel or if they can offer any advice to me because I cannot get a second opinion I am on government assistance and an able to get another opinion from my surgeon here in Bakersfield

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I'm going through the same thing, but I have pins and needles and shooting pain in my both legs and feet. I had four surgeries and it was better for about six months and now 4 years later I'm in constant pain. Over the four years I've been looking for answers, but MRI's and many different tests I can't find with any answers. No surgeon want to go back in so they keep doing epidurals and pain meds to try to make the pain tolerable. I hate taking pain meds! I'm wish I could help in your decision, but I feel it's a matter of what the quality of life is and what the percentage of the next surgery is toward improving the problem.