Hello, I am new to this site and would greatly appreciate any feedback. I would like to know if anyone else has shared my particular symptoms and what his/her outcome has been. I am a 37-year-old male in otherwise good health. I am currently post-op day 5 from a lumbar laminectomy at L4-5. The procedure went relatively smoothly and I have experienced immediate relief from the symptoms that caused me to seek medical attention. However, I am concerned with some new symptoms: mainly, numbness and tingling in my genitals and rectal area. My genitals appear more reddish/purplish than the skin around them. I am able to urinate with effort, but, due to the numbness, it is difficult to tell when I am done. Also, I have not had a bowel movement for 7 days. I am taking Colace, Senna and Miralax, which I can "feel" are working, but I can't "go." Part of the problem is that the muscles in that area are numb and I can't seem to "squeeze."
I have discussed this multiple times with nursing staff, the surgical PA and the neurosurgeon himself, and they are all of the opinion that this is residual from the original compression of my nerves (although I didn't experience these symptoms prior to surgery) and/or due to swelling caused by the surgery itself. In other words, wait it out.
Again, I would like to know if anyone else has experienced these particular symptoms and what their outcome was. I am obviously concerned, especially due to the sensitive nature of the effected areas. Any other insights are welcome, too. Thank you!