Well, I never really paid too much attention to it in the past before I found out about my back condition. My legs will feel slightly numb while I'm laying down, sitting, and standing. Moreso when my cat is on my lap. I also wrote off the electrical tingling in my legs, hip/mid section, finger tips, now rib area. As well with the shooting pain and now electrical shoots down mostly my left leg. Not to mention the electrical convulsion in my right ankle that has now moved into my left ankle. Plus the electrical vibration in the bottom of my feet. So I'm pretty certain that I have some level of nerve damage.View Thread
Thank you DianeR01 for your information. May I ask what was your surgeons specialty? Meaning his field of expertise. Also where you had your surgery? I've noticed that not all areas offer the same or similar expertise.
And the thought of surgery is scary because I know you can't undo what was done. So I'm trying to gather as much information as possible from "us" folks, lol, before I make a decision.View Thread
I don't have confidence that either the epidural or surgery will be successful for me in the points of pain reduction and daily mobility. That is why I'm asking. The surgery to me seems very extreme and in reality doesn't truly do a person any good in their efforts of regaining a near normal daily lifes activities. So I don't think I will go that route. It just doesn't seem like there would be any improvement for the cost and suffering it could cause.
Wondering how many members have had a Lumbar Fusion surgery, and what the outcome was after the procedure. I'm considering what alternatives I may have and wish for a real world success rate with being able to live a normal daily life pain free after procedure.View Thread
I have a similar situation as you; Diffuse Disc buldging L4-L5 and L5-S1 levels, Signs of Degenerative disc disease L5-S1. From my L5 on down, as well as with my pelvic bone, it is steered to the right pointing down my right leg. I don't remember which disc is torn. And the flapper bone at the very end has been broken.
Have you tried to file for Disability? I refused the epidural steroid injection, don't take prescription pain meds(I don't like narcotics), and each time I try physical therapy I hurt worse than without doing it. I will refuse surgery atlease for now, I've had my fair share within the last year or so. What if anything has helped you? The restrictions that this injury or illness places on a person significantly interfers with countless facets of daily life.
I have all the medical records, imagings, chiropractor records and such that I may need to file for disability.View Thread