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post lumbar decompression L-3,4,5

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I am still having numbness and coldness in my soles (sharp shooting pain in the ankles), back of thighs especially, leg spasms (bilateral), some weakness under knees, right hip soreness, and constant lower back pain. Had surgery Nov 07 and have had these symptoms since about 1 month after surgery. I have had 1 ESI to the L-2 area and been on lyrica and ibuprophen and plenty of therapy. I am scheduled for 2 in the L-4/5 area within the next 2 weeks. These seem to be the same symptoms as pre-surgery. I had a disk herniation which is what caused the surgery in the first place. I have had X-rays conducted which showed nothing but a curved spine to the left and and an MRI which does reflect mild herniation. Is this something that would lead to a 2nd surgery?
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replied January 1st, 2009
Active User, very eHealthy
Most of the symtoms you describe would seem to indicate some kind of nerve compression or possibly interfereence to the nerves from the jelly that oozes out of the disks when they are herniated. The curve in your spine indicates you have scoliois, this could be responsible for some of your pain, but your doctors may not acknowlege this, though i dont know the degree of your curveture, the bigger the curve the worse the symptoms.


A disk herniation is something that often requires surgery, but there are many reasons why surgery might not be performed on a herniated disk such as the health of the disks near the herniation, if they fuse the herniated one the added stess on the adjacent disks can cause a them to herniate, so in many instances a herniated disk is not a cause for an operation.

Good luck schoc
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