Hi, I had spine surgery in December for a herniated disc. Had a Discectomy and Laminectomy on L-4 and L-5. Severe sciatica followed but eventually it eased off and didn't return. My left foot is the problem now. For months the sensations went from burning to freezing and back again. When burning, it felt as if my foot was being dipped into hot lava. I tried the drug Neurontin and it worked somewhat, but I discontinued its use because it caused new pain. The burning and freezing eventually stopped and what I have now is numbness. No feeling in most of my big toe and pad and the overall sensation is that it feels like I'm walking on bubble wrap. It is sort of like when your foot goes to sleep but you can't fully wake it up. It’s also present in my right foot but is just a fraction of the left foot discomfort.
I dropped the surgeon who performed the operation because he was cold and uncaring when I described my symptoms and said that he could not help me. The Neurontin was given to me by my rheumatologist (I have had Rheumatoid Arthritis for 10 years). I recently consulted with a neurologist who ordered a new MRI, which I had, and promised that he would order a nerve conduction test in the near future. It has been five weeks since the MRI and he has not called to discuss it. If a doctor knows that you’re in misery or scared, why oh why do they drag their feet? My husband thinks that I should call and rant but frankly I'm just tired and fed up with the medical care that I've received to date. Rather than press for decent care, I think that I'll just move on. Does anyone have an opinion as to whether I should consult with another neurologist or a new spine surgeon? The discomfort in my feet is very intense but I can live with it. But I wonder what's happening and whether I have new disc problems. I have to consult a new physician soon. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks...
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