i've had 2 back surgeries over the last 10 months on l-4and5 and s-1.I still have severe pain and extreme numbness in my feet ,mostly the left side. My doctor now tells me he wants to try the epidural shots to stop the pain. I'm also scheduled to see a neurosurgeonafter my first round of shots but I'd like to know if anyone has any input for me as far as what to do next?
I'm eating 10-12 percocet 10's a day and they're not touching the pain!!!!!!
i have gone thru 5 ops and each time numbness has been something i also had,i know it is very annoying but it will return but not completely in about 6 months.can i also try and advise you against further surgerey,it dosnt rearly improve your problem,it just causes more scar tissue inside that if like me will endup with you needing an op to remove it,you must come to terms with your dissability,and demand stronger pain relief.
i hope this makes you see your problem more clearly bye
I have had 3 shots in my back for back pain--the first one didnt work--then about a year later i received another one-but this time he also put a shot in my SI Sacrial Illium----let me tell you-after only 1 day i was able to get up out of the bed like i was 25 yrs old again---and im 46.. they help BUT they dont last but maybe 3 months or so--AS SOON as you start feeling pain again make the appt. to get another one---dont wait until it gets to bad. Hope it works for you.
I still have numbness and stabbing pains in my feet 1 and 1/2 year after my fusion (l3-l4-l5-s1) but it's an improvement, since I woke up from surgery unable to move my legs. If you still have nerve pain in your feet and can't live with it, you may want to ask your doctor about anti-epileptic drugs. In small doses they are the best treatment for nerve pain, but they have plenty of side effects, so be careful.