I had my first microdiscectomy in 2011, which was a huge success. However, this past December I started having leg pains again which progressed pretty fast. Add to that saddle anesthesia. It wasn't until I went to the emergency room that they uncovered that I had to have surgery immediately.
My disc (L5/S1) had ruptured and the majority of the disc's content had spilled into my spinal canal and was cutting off the nerves supplying the "saddle region." This meant numbness in my crotch, buttocks, inner thighs, and back of my legs.
I had emergency surgery, which was again a great success.
Here's the problem. I know that the nerve recovery can take quite some time. But now I'm paranoid. I feel tingling sensations in my inner thighs or back of my thighs from time to time and I'm not sure if this is due to my nerves 'waking back up' or if there is a recurrence in the Cauda Equina Syndrome.
Did more of my disc get squeezed out and is blocking nerves again? I guess my only way to know for sure is by getting an MRI done, but I was just wondering if there are people out there who have experience with Cauda Equina and can help me out?View Thread
On April 24, I was out for a brunch, stood up from the table, and nearly collapsed. My whole body stopped working. My legs wouldn't respond, my back was spasming...
After X-Rays and MRI, the diagnosis was one herniated disc (L4/L5) and a ruptured disc (L5/S1). I was in bed not being able to move more than my arms for 2 weeks.
4 weeks later and I've now had 2 cortisone injections. The injections only went into the herniated disc, as the ruptured disc is apparently not pushing on the nerve, only the L4/L5 disc is. The first injection helped a LOT and got me up and running again, the second injection didn't do much of anything. Now I can get up, sit up, and walk minor distances. Standing for more than 30 seconds causes severe leg pain and eventually back spams.
The doctors have recommended that if this second cortisone injection doesn't get me back to 100%, I should consider a discectomy. The doctors I've talked to are orthopedic surgeon, so I'm sure they're eager to do the surgery. I have a lot of "pins & needles" sensation in my leg, which is supposedly a good sign.
Prior to this incident, I was highly active and did yoga twice a week, so I had a pretty strong core and back to begin with. I don't think physical therapy at this point would get me back to normal.
What are people's experiences with discectomy? I've read that the success ratio is pretty high.View Thread
Thank you for your response. The orthopedic specialist who performed the cortisone injection actually told me that the pins and needles were a good sign. She said that it meant the nerve was coming back to life.
I've been getting so many opinions and all are different, it gets really overwhelming. Plus, all of the sudden everyone's a back expert (especially my family).
I was told that I will not the fusion, but that the discectomy would help me a lot. I'm trying to schedule appointments with other doctors and get other opinions.