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Aggravated Nerve;

From: jake58 - on 05/22/2010 9:08pm

4-28-10 I had a spinal fusion at L5-S1. The reson being three previous surguries(laminectomies) at this level,one right and two on the left side due to herniating disc material.Due to loss of disc material the discs were pressing on the nerve root. My back pain was increasing along with increased numbness, pain, and some weakness with exertion. Finally after exhausting all options I elected to have the surgury/w three opinions-2yay,1nay. Both orthopedicts said we can help you and the nuerosurgion told me to seek pain management due to the nerve being previously banged up it would be hard pressed to heal satiisfactorily. My surgeon told me he needed to remove the scare tissue from the nerve along with decompressing the discs. At this point my foot is very numb along with shooting pains and sciatic pain making it very difficult to walk, sit, or stay in one position very long. Can anyone advise me on how long these conditions will last and how well will the nerve heal? Is there anything I can do to help recoverey or supplements that may inhance a better outcome? Thank You for your help. Jake

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on 05/23/2010 5:00am

Jake,

I have a bad feeling that it's gonna take a while. I hated to say that, but everyone is different and nerves are far to tricky to tell if it'll ever heal. Scar tissue is gonna be your problem for the rest of your life...it's like arthritis, they cant get rid of it..it keeps growing, all they can do is (I hate to say this) scrape the surface clean, hope they don't nick anything and then watch it grow back in God only knows how long since every single body grows at a different rate. Atleast that's how it was described to me. I personally haven't had surgery and I'm scared to death even thinking about it and even the clinicals I wanted to get into, but location stopped me, get me scared to death because of the vass posibility of crap growing on hardware and causing more pain.

I pray that your nerves regenerate and heal and give you no pain at all. All I can suggest for aides in recovery is to read this site and keep searching within this site and asking questions. Chin up, try to smile, and remember you have a community right here who cares.

Wendi

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on 05/23/2010 11:09am

Thank You Wendiann24, I was afraid I was going to hear somthing similar to what you told me. My sister whos a P.T. had told me scare tissue is a nemesis with nerve dissection and only time will tell. At this point I'm not sure if more or less physical activity is better or worse, and at what point to begin moving more. I do some slight exercises flat on my back which was given to me with my discharge papers and relize I need to heal a great deal before I begin anything more strenuous. Thank-You again Jake

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on 05/23/2010 6:44pm

Jake,

Sorry to hear you are having so much nerve pain. I had the spinal fusion done in November, and a decompression of my L5/S1 back in March. I am still having issues with my nerves, and am still numb. The doctor told me that the nerves grow back like a 1/2 a month or something to that sort. I know it feels like forever if it is your leg and foot that is bothering you. I can tell you that besides pain medicine, the best thing for it is rest. When your nerve starts getting annoyed, it creates that pain. So therefore, what I was told is to listen to your nerves. If it starts acting up, quit doing whatever it is that I was doing to aggrevate it. I know it seems impossible, but that was the advice that was given to me. I listened to that advice until I went back to work, and I think that was the best thing that helped me at the time.

I also was put on nerve pain medicine that seemed to help a little. Maybe talk to you your doctor about being put on Lyrica or Neurotin. It is designed to help with the nerve pain specifically, and it took the edge off for me. Also I was told to try my tens unit, if you have one that could help you walk as well. Hope this helps....

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on 05/29/2010 8:19am

Thanks hal123, Its what I needed to hear. I kinda thought rest would be the only answer for the short term. You get impatient and want to get moving , but its premature. I find an ice pack helps alot. Thanks for your advice. Hope you are doing well and continue to recover . thanks again
Jake

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on 06/06/2010 3:55am

I had my spine fused at the l5-s1 level 5 weeks ago. I previously had 2 microdiscectomy surgeries since April 07. When I woke up my big toe and 2nd toe were numb. I told doctors they said not too worry. The first 2 weeks I was too busy being in all over pain to really notice my foot leg too much because I thought everything was normal. At the 2 week mark, my foot began to itch and burn terribly. It has gotten extremely unbearable. I had a ct scan on Tuesday and saw the surgeon on Thursday. The ct scan showed the screw on the right side has gone through the bone and is sticking out and I also have a small piece of bone at the opening of the neural foramina (sp). I was oddly happy bc I thought I had an answer to this awful pain. Wrong! The surgeon said all my symptoms (sciatica, numbness throughout leg n groin, tremors, foot burning etc) n the right leg are not being cause by either of these things. He said nerve is just misfiring. The pain is getting worse daily and I am in worse pain than I was before surgery. He tried me on lyrica and neurontin but the side effects made me so sick. I would advise asking (I politely demanded) a ct scan. I am going to see the surgeons pain management doctor on Monday and they also scheduled me for a nerve block on Wednesday. I hope you get some relief. My worry is that this pain is gettng worse instead of better. Nerves irritated from surgery should be vice versa. All this extreme pain should have happened earlier. The burning is the worst. At first i thought it was dry skin sunburn or athletes foot. I was going nuts. At this point I can't wear shoes, the blanket or my pants can't touch my foot or ankle area. I actually started crying in the drs office the other day when they said the screw and bone aren't causing this. I was hoping for an obvious answer. Walking will help with pain and scar tissue build up but don't overdo it because it will catch up to you after. Good luck. If you find any answers please keep me informed and I will do the same for you...

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on 06/06/2010 9:46am

Laos,

How could it not be the screws and the bone fragments? They are impinging on your spine! Honey, I know you don't wanna step on your surgeon's toes, but you have to think about your toes! Go get another opinion from someone who didn't do the work. Your surgeon isn''t gonna admit that he screwed up! My best goes out to you...keep us informed as to what the pain dr says!

Wendi

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on 06/06/2010 4:53pm

Believe me, I truly think at least one of those 2 things are causin pain on the right side. I am in the process of trying to find a second opinion but I live in Philadelphia and my surgeon is from the Rothman Institute so I'm afraid it will make it difficult to find a dr that will give a different opinion than my surgeons. I also am worried that after i've been opened up 3 times no one is going to give me a second opinion. It's very frustrating especially because this is a work comp injury and I work in law enforcement and can't go back til I'm 100%.

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on 06/07/2010 1:41am

Liquid stress B vit complex helps rejuvenate and heal the nervous system. This is what I take. Maybe it can help with some of your nerve pain. *hugs*

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