I've been to PT twice now and am going again this afternoon. Two different sets of exercises haven't really helped much, if at all. Pain and numbness in my right foot, leg, and now right hip has increased and is much worse at bedtime, making sleeping difficult as I can only get some measure of relief in one particular position.
I emailed my Phys Med Dr. and she sent a referral to neurogery at Kaiser Sunset (where I had my cervical laminectomy and fusion 3 years ago). She also fiiled out a form authoring a temporary handicap parking placard and I mailed that in a few days ago. I'm now waiting for a call from neurosurgery to schedule an appt. for a consult.
It looks like the handwriting is on the wall.
Coincidentally a friend had this exact L4-5 issue a couple of years ago and was very helpful in describing her experiences with symptoms, surgery, and recovery. She advised me not to wait too long because of the worsening symptoms and possible further compression/damage to the nerve root, and also my age - I'll be 73 next month. I certainly don't want to become even more disabled than I already am: not being able to walk very far, even with a cane, and not being able to drive more than a short distance because of a lessening ability to feel the gas and brake pedals due to increasing numbness after 15-20 minutes behind the wheel. UGH.
- breast cancer 2000 (DCIS: stage 0 non-invasive)
- endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery, both wrists: 2005, 2006
- cataract surgery 2009, 2011; right eye then left
- emergency surgery to remove gall bladder 2010
- right posterior cervical thoracic decompression w/micro-discectomy 2013
- 7-level C3-T2 posterior cervical laminectomy and fusion; with titanium hardware: 2 rods, 14 screws 2015