A couple years back I remember fishing a particular stretch and I noticed it first. I had stopped at a hole for a prolonged time and cast. My left leg felt odd. It was not functioning correctly. I felt the upper thigh and it had pins and needles going on. It had fallen asleep while I was standing. I gimped back to the vehicle.
I spoke to the wife about it and she thought I had a nerve problem. I went to the doctor and I was set up for a MRI on my lower back. 10 doctor appointments later I found myself at Sauk Prairie Hospital being prepped for back fusion and nerve root impingement relief surgery.
Four titanium screws and two plates later with a artificial spacer in there for good measures I was supposed to be fixed. They had to go in three different places because my surgery site was worse than they thought.
Three months went by and the doctors decided I needed my left knee scoped. While in there they saw more damage than they thought and did micro fracture surgery.
I awoke this morning with severe pain in my lower back. This has become the norm after surgery. I am typically up by 5am each morning these days. My first stop is the medicine cabinet to take a pain pill.
My numbness in my left thigh has reappeared. I can not complete a shower these days without it falling asleep.
I have been going to physical therapy for two days a week since February to try to rehab my knee. It still grinds on every step and I am unable to fish. I go in tomorrow to see a knee specialist to see if I need knee replacement.