Neuropathy in feet post-laminectomy
This is my first post! I'm 72. I was diagnosed with lumbar stenosis in Sept. 2021, at age 70. Symptoms such as heaviness in feet and pain in legs showed up overnight. I was sent to an orthopedist who recommended PT. I then saw two other orthopedists and two neurologists for other opinions, all of whom suggested surgery but with slight variations. I finally went with an orthopedic spine specialist and after a year of PT and epidural injections and meds like Lyrica and Gabapentin that made me loopy, I had a 4-level laminectomy (L2-S1) in November 2022. Surgery went very well and I eventually went for more PT. But after several months, I was still experiencing some balance issues. So the surgeon sent me for an MRI of my neck, and found a disc was pushing against my spinal cord. He said this could be the cause of my balance issues and it was not something I needed to wait and watch. So on May 1, I had a one-level discectomy and fusion. That surgery also went very well. I noticed some improvement after the surgery, but I am now back to PT twice a week… and still have some weakness in my legs and core… and I wobble a bit at times.. Thankfully, I have NOT fallen. I still have the tingling and numbness in my feet…. I take Benfotiamine and R Alpha Lipoic Acid supplements daily. I am doing everything I possibly can to get back to where I was before all this started. It is beginning to affect me psychologically, as well, and sometimes I just want to give up. 🙁 The last time I saw the surgeon he looked back at my lumbar MRI and said I have NO disc left between L5 and S1… and if he went back in and did a fusion of L4-L5-S1 that would likely put an end to the neuropathy in my feet. He said I have some spondylolisthesis that may be still compressing the nerves there a bit. Obviously, there is no guarantee…. But I'm wondering if anyone with neuropathy in the feet had it go away after a lumbar fusion. Anyone here had surgery that fixed the neuropathy?? I just want my life back!! I can walk…. and I can drive… but I hesitate to travel far with the balance issues. I have searched the newsgroup, but many of the discussions are several years old and those people may no longer even be here… thus, I started with this new post. Thank you for any suggestions, tips, pointers you might give. Best to ALL!!