Hi @ericvnelson. I’m sorry you’re having such a hard time. I read your post with interest, especially as it relates to the leg numbness and laminectomy. I had spinal fusion/laminectomy surgery a year ago. Much more involved than just a laminectomy, however, I had previously been diagnosed with small fiber neuropathy – SFN. After the surgery, 3 things happened:
1. I developed foot drop in my left leg. To this day, the core of my left leg and my left foot are permanently numb. When I came home from surgery, I could walk with a walker only.
2. It turns out, there was a nerve which was pinched and after the laminectomy part of the surgery and the disturbance of the surgery itself, that nerve worsened for lack of a better term. It’s crushed. In most cases, after a year whatever you’ve lost with nerves isn’t coming back.
3. My SFN went crazy. Numbness, tingling, pain, cramps, etc. got worse
Now comes the GOOD part. It’s a year later and after a few months of pain meds, and laying on the couch wondering what’s next, as I was doing PT three times a week, I realized exercise helped my symptoms. All of them. So after three months of home PT, i “ graduated” to outside PT. I researched and found the best PT person I could. Went and visited, discussed my challenges, and felt he understood. As I got stronger, my pain level started to drop. Little by little. After graduating from three months with him, I went to a strength trainer associated with my PT guy. I work out three times a week with him. Even with the numbness, he helps me combat the instabilities. The difference has been remarkable. I still have days where I can hardly get out of bed, but my stamina and strength continue to grow. I know it sounds counterintuitive to exercise when you’re in pain, but it’s the best thing for you. I take Lyrica for the neuropathy, it helps but it’s not a cure all. Knocks the symptoms down a bit. I use cannabis in vape and flower form, CBD cream. It takes a while to settle into a new normal. Give yourself some time. A therapist can help you feel like your not crazy. I do yoga occasionally. Very helpful. I’ve learned it helps me to have a “toolbox” to help me control and cope with my limitations. But, they are far less today than they were a year ago. I wish you well. Hang in there