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Permanent L4/L5 Damage Questions?

backpain3bbackpain3 Posts: 45
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:44 AM in Recovering from Surgery
Hi everyone, hopefully everybody is getting some relief today. I had L4-L5 Fusion surgery in Dec. I woke up with foot drop on left foot and burning/numbness in both legs and feet. I just had an EMG done last week and was told I have permanent nerve damage at L4-L5 and hopefully temporary on the right. He told me that on the left only 2 of the 6 nerves for L4-L5 are working and the other ones are permanently damaged. My question is what does that mean for the future, as in will the pain stay the same, get better, get worse? Will I be unable to walk eventually? I am going to do an SCS trial as the PM thinks this is the best option to help with the constant pain/burning. He also wants me to get an electronic foot stim to help with the drop foot. I also have severe back pain and he said that is severe scar tissue wrapping my thecal sac and nerve roots. I apologize for the long post, but I am quite distraught over this. I used to coach baseball, surf, sports etc. My youngest son is 13 and is somewhat mad at me because I cannot do any of the activities I used to do with him. Thanks for your help!


  • There will be thing you can do but there thing you wont be able to do with SCS. With 4 week out I can walk father then I could before SCS I can stand sit a lot longer. I dont have pain 24-7 like I use to have or burning feeling I had. I am just getting better by the week. Who know what I will beable to do in 3 or 6 months from now. What ever it will be it better then what I had.

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  • Thanks Bubbles, the foot drop occurred right after surgery and my neurosurgeon has said he can't explain, or see anything on my current MRI, other than extensive scar tissue. He is basically sending me down the road as he referred me to the pain management doctor. Although, I am going to see another neurosurgeon before doing the stimulator for a second opinion. Thanks!
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