several months later,i started walking with a limp.i went to see a numerologist,i had extensive testing and after ten years i am still walking with a limp. it is more of a weakness in my right leg,i can not raise up on my toes.
Hello firstbase & welcome to the site. I too had a right sided lami over 40 years ago Unfortunately they are not always successful, & sometimes can leave you with other problems. I have had the right sided weakness all these years in my right leg & foot. It's called either sciatica, or neuropathy. If you have pain with it , it can be treated. What happens a lot of times is you build up scar tissue after surgery, & it tends to buid up on the nerve roots coming out of the spine. This causes them not to work right for contol of certain functions, & one of them is feeling in the leg & foot. If you have no pain with this, count your blessings. My has been painful all these years. A second surgery called a decompression helped me for awhile, but then the scar tissue comes back. Not much can be done for this except pills to control pain if that's what you are having. Best to discuss this with your neurosurgeon...
Unfortunately, the laminectomy takes away the numbness, but it doesn't necessarily take away the pain. The limps from adjusting your walking gait to avoid pain. You do this subconsciously. It's your body's way of protecting you against as much pain as possible. After all of this time, you have strengthened some muscles, and weakened other ones from the adjustment to your gait. If you want to walk "normally", the best advice that I can give you is to see a physical therapist and see if they can help restore the musculature.
Best wishes to you!
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