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Hi everyone. I am new to the forum. I have had back problems for over 10 years. It started out as ruptured discs in my cervical area. I have had two cervical fusions. My pain in that area never stopped. The doctors give me injections and pain pills but those do not help. I noticed almost a year ago that my lower back was also hurting. Many times I almost fell down because I could be walking and a sudden sharp pain would hit me in my left mid-thigh with no warning. After a cervical and lumbar MRI, a neurologist said I needed a discectomy on my lumbar more than another cervical fusion. I had a hemilaminectomy, discectomy, foraminotomy performed on my left L3 on Friday, November 16th and came home from the hospital the next day. On November 19th, I fell while trying to walk to the bathroom. It's been three weeks but my whole left thigh feels severely bruised, my left ankle and leg is grotesquely swollen, and I'm still having severe pain in my upper and lower back. I cannot walk without the support of a walker because any strength I may temporarily have in my left leg gives out without warning. I was wondering if any of you experienced excessive swelling or weakness in the legs or ankles after your back surgeries? And if so, how long did it take before you became somewhat normal again?

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