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While on Spring break in April I started having back pain. It came on quickly and caught me off guard. It started in the middle of my back and within a few days I had electrical shocks going down my right leg and calf was tightening up. I went to GP when I got home and they gave me pain meds. After 10 days and very little relief from pain meds I made another appointment with GP. Now, I am standing all the time because sitting is unbearable. The GP insisted it was sciatica and gave me more pain meds and now a muscle relaxer as well. By April 30th my leg went numb from knee down, the pain was now only when I sat and the tightness was always there. The new numbness scared me terribly because I knew there was something awful going on to cause me to have no feeling. Driving to work for 10 minutes was getting to be unbearable for me to do. I was nearly in tears every time I drove my car. After being at work for a couple of hours 4 weeks into this I had the weird feeling my right leg was cold compared to my good leg so I went to ER. They did test on my veins and arteries, then gave me pain meds sending me home. I went straight to GP office from there because even though they could not find something wrong I knew that all these pain meds were not working and we needed to find out why I was going numb. I was starting to get saddle blocked at this time and could not feel the ending of urination. I was also experiencing constipation which I thought was do to pain meds. My GP finally scheduled me for MRI the next morning. Results came back and they referred me to a neurosurgeon who could not see me for three weeks. I called the neurosurgeon myself and explained how I was losing feeling in saddle area and complete numbness from knee down and begged to be placed on cancelation list that I would drop anything to come at anytime. Three days later I got the call they wanted to see me. My leg has been numb now three entire weeks and when I talk with neurosurgeon he want to do immediate surgery telling me this can continue to get worse if not treated right away. I had surgery a few days later.
Now, six weeks after surgery, I still am recovering and have pain in my right gludise Maximus and right calf painfully tight, (that varies) and no feeling from right knee down. I tire easy and I am not stable on right foot. I have nearly fallin down stairs at my house and must always use rail and lead with left foot. I have to think about walking and climbing stairs especially because sometimes my leg just doesn't want to support me. I feel broken! I love to camp and walk near streams and my balance is so far off right now it's just not fun. I am keeping my fingers crossed that this will all heal in time.
I would love to hear from others who have had successful surgeries and how their progress has been. Good or bad. I'm going through a grieving process right now that is very hard for me. Hearing from others and how they have over come this would mean a lot.
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