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Hi everyone,

Since my surgery in '06 I did pretty well for 6 months after, except I felt a pressure type pain deep in my outer hip areas after walking for a couple hours. I did tell my surgeon about it and I also had my hips MRI'd by a hip specialist in the same group. I do have mild OA in there, particulary my right, but it wasnt of any great significance. The hip doc thought maybe it stemmed from my spine. So I just didnt walk around for TOOO long. 6 months later, though, I was hit with severe left sided sciatica, which was mostly due to scar tissue and stuck tissue in the lateral recess at L5. I got a nerve block, which helped my pain. However, the MRI did show 2 large herniations, 2 bulges and bilateral facet thickening/spurring with encroachment from L2 through S1. So in essence, since my surgery, all these levels are now getting worse, which I knew would probably happen, but none of this seemed to be causing me any problems (yet).

But since my surgery, it seems every few weeks I get an episode of something that is causing nerve compression. I am positive that at least 2 times it must have been a herniation b/c I felt a certain spot in my spine that felt a pop and felt like I was stuck there with a hot poker. Then I got nerve pains shooting in both outer hip areas, had to shuffle, and then the spasms started in. Other times I had nerve pain & other symptoms come on slowly until they got real bad; other times I've felt fine one day, then woke up the next morning in agony. So either i Keep getting herniations or scar tissue is causing me problems. I did not get an MRI every time I get an episode b/c I really hate getting MRI's anymore and i've had so many. I almost feel bad for my insurance company LOL. Some times my nerve pain & symptoms would go away for the most part over 2 to 3 weeks. Other times not. But over time, this nerve pain in my hip areas has stayed, sometimes mild though. Other times excruciating where I couldnt move or walk. I had more ESi's in December and through the end of January, which did help alot. I was able to walk around longer without much pain.

My last ESI was Jan 28th and it's worn off by now. Slowly I have nerve pain coming back. I also have alot of spasms & cramping all over. But the nerve pains & parasthesias seem to only happen while I'm either walking or sitting. I do have some light pins & needles in my toes while laying down, but not really any nerve pain now while lying.

Im starting to think this is getting ridicuous with the nerve pains im getting. It's getting more prominent in my outer hip areas, worse in the left. The other day I got what I thought felt like nerve pain above my left knee on the front. I am getting more frequent spurts of nerve pains again in the tops of both feet. One I got the other day was so intense, I could almost feel it in my brain LOL, it's hard to describe. Like I could hear the zapping of it. I am also getting sharp, quick pains in my right heel, the outside of my right ankle, adn the insides of both ankles!! Also, just recently, while walking, I got what I think might be nerve pain down the front of my left thigh. I also have worsening cramp-like pain in both sides of my rear which goes down the backs of my legs a bit, which is worsening. And now I also have it in the front of my thighs, more notably on the left. I'm also finding myself, once again, leaning a bit forward and to the right. It's just seeming ridiculous that Im getting nerve pains in all these areas! All of the nerve pains seem to happen only while walking or sitting. I dont seem to have any right now while laying down, though. And Im still pretty much able to my PT exercises without nerve pain getting in the way.

Then the other day I sneezed, but none of my nerve pain worsened. I know sometimes when I had sciatica & I was soo afraid to sneeze as it worsened the pain even more. However, yesterday while sneezing, my left hand got pins & needles in some fingers. I just hope this isnt a sign of problems to come in my cervical spine now.

But anyway, sorry this was so long....does or has anyone else had nerve pain only while walking around or sitting too long? Or sitting in certain positions? (I notice that sitting in my car is worse and the more I try to walk, the worse all my symmptoms get)

Oops, also, my leg cramping gets worse the longer I stand, but the nerve pains do not
Bay it does sound like something is going on with cervical spine. When mine is acting up it is just like having sciatica in the neck. I have the pain in my neck like I do in the hip during a sciatica bout and then pain from my neck radiates into my shoulders and down my arms with the pins and needles you described and sitting is very uncomfortable. Plus I also was dropping stuff all the time and I tripped over my feet a lot. It really seemed to affect my balance. Right before my cervical fusion I couldn't sit up for more than a few minutes at a time-it was awful. It also meant I couldn't ride in a car go to a movie or out or anything. Part of the reason I was so miserable was that I had no spinal fluid in my neck at all. ( I also had a huge increase in migraine headaches). Even after the cervical fusion I continue to have some problems with my neck, but so far we have been able to use prolotherapy and ESI to keep it under control. I know I will probably be facing a cervical fusion again because the doctor only fused 2 of 3 levels that had problems during the last surgery. My neurosurgeon said that was because a 3 level fusion is a very difficult recovery. I just thought I'd share this to see if it sounds like what you are going through. I can also say this : Compared to lumbar fusion cervical fusion is a cake walk. I remember waking up and feeling great except for nausea from sedation. In fact I only used pain meds for two weeks. I guess that also explains why I was very frustrated with lumbar fusion! lol. Boy those recoverys were nothing alike! Anyway if you have any questions about the cervical stuff let me know. Take care, Dee
Baybreeze, I am so sorry I am behind on the boards. I hate to tell you this but oh this pain is so familiar to me and I live with it 24/7. The cramping in the back did not happen to me until after my nerve block w/ epidural injections last September.

Even after my revision surgery, that deep cramping in the back remains which is why after 12 weeks I remain on heavy narcotics (oxycontin and percocet).

I can not sit with my feet on the floor for more than 5 minutes. I have to be reclined and legs bent in the air (supports my laptop). I also can not walk any great distance. I recently have been able to walk 200 ft without crying. YAHOO!! Watch out people, I am getting fast on my feet now. LOL

If you lean back, are you hearing the popping? If so, I suspect it is your facet joint has probably become arthritic and is not working properly. I had this happen after my laminectomy which is why I needed the fusion. Since my fusion, I do not have this.

It sounds like you need a complete workup with an MRI -- not sure if you have insurance. I am sorry you are having all these problems. Definitely not the time or place for you that is for sure.

Please know that I just said a prayer for you and will continue to pray for you daily.

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