3 years post micro-discectomy - pins and needles

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I had successful surgery to removed a protruding disc at L5/S1 almost 3 years ago.  I have had the occasional spurt of sciatic pain since but nothing to worry about.  I've noticed recently that occasionally my walking has been a bit odd - my left leg feels heavy and my foot slams down onto the floor - my leg also feels a bit numb and tingly.  Is this quite a normal thing or do I need to get it checked out?  I'm otherwise incredibly healthy and happy post surgery - I've lost 5 stone in weight and take part in Pilates sessions and hit the treadmill twice per week.

Any advice would be great!  Thanks!


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    Well done on this losign 5 stones and doing pilates to help - that's an amazing achievement. I have been suffering with lower back pain the last year, a disc bulge at L5 S1 but doctor says not needing anything like surgery, that must have been so hard to go through and really pleased you are feeling stronger now and hoping that the walking sensations and strange symptoms stop - maybe taking some vitamins and herbs help, there are lots that can help nerve pain and the nervous system, like passion flower and cayenne pepper, turmetic and willow bark are good too I think for pain and anti-inflammatory. A good strong multi-vitamin and B complex vitamin can be great too for nervous system and general health, as can Vitamin C.

    My back pain has been getting me down lately, any coping mechanisms or anything that helped anyone would be grateful to hear from them!



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