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27 year old female here in the states. I've had back issues for about 6 years now. and around August, I decided to go to an orthopedic specialist to get some real answers instead of continuing to go to a Chiropractor. I had severe sciatica, pins and needles, occasional numbness in legs, intense back pain. I'm a chef so I put a lot of wear and tear on my back and legs anyway. I went through multiple tests to be able to get an MRI in October where they revealed I had 3 herniated discs (l4,l5,s1) l5 s1 being super serious and very herniated. I tried my luck with an epidural injection- no help at all. That was a couple weeks ago. and then scheduled surgery for a discectomy. Monday- I realized I had saddle numbness on my left side. i was concerned so I called and they said that's just a symptom of my herniations. On tuesday of this week, I had a hard day at work but I was fine until bed. A little sore, nothing crazy. I woke up at 3 am in INTENSE pain through my left leg and low back. I tried to get to the bathroom and when I got there the pain was so intense and all of a sudden my whole left leg went completely numb. I was screaming and crying and my wife came to get me to go to the hospital. I was in the ER for a few hours before another MRI was done. they sent the results to my surgeon and at that point he said nothing about cauda equina and that surgery wouldnt be moved up. My regular doctor admitted me for the night on the hospital and told my surgeon to talk to me. I dont know what happened between- but then he came and said I would be getting surgery Friday or Saturday (still wednesday night at this point) then came the next day and said he really tried for friday but they didnt have room that night and he had a 15 hour surgery case. So Saturday morning it is. I still have only about 50 percent feeling in my left leg if that. They fed me a lot of steroids in the hospital. I still have saddle numbness on left side. butt and thigh completely numb and groin is about 70 percent numb on left side. I still seem to have full bladder control. I just passed a bowel movement and urination. from what I read that is a good sign.
I'm very nervous about surgery and recovery. I'm afraid of permanent damage and I'm afraid I'll have to stop being a chef. I'm afraid of being a burden to my wife. this is so scary. 24 hours til surgery.
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