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Numbness After Surgery

Started by BrownSugar382 on 12/04/2018 11:34pm

Hello, first time here. Just signed up. I was wondering how to deal the spasms and numbness after back surgery. I recently had a laminectomy and discectomy on L4/5/S1 on 10/18/18. It will be 7 weeks post op this Friday. I had really bad sciatica pain on the left side prior to surgery . I now have numbness in the right foot. Is this a normal side effect? I know my spinal cord was severely compressed and it could take up to 12 months for the nerve to heal as much as it’s going to. Really would like some advice. I see my neurologist this Friday. I’ll ask more questions and I’m hoping this will subside. I’m thankful I don’t have the nerve pain I once had. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

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Hi, BrownSugar382--thank you for your question! We aren't medical professionals, so we don't have any medical advice to share, but we can say that we've heard from several other Community visitors who have experienced neurological pain (like numbness) shortly after their spine surgeries. That leads us to believe that what you're feeling is quite common in the first few weeks after spine surgery.

Nerve pain can take a long time to heal (longer than muscle pain, for instance), but staying in touch with your neurologist is key. He or she can help you understand what's normal (and what's not) about your nerve pain and give you realistic expectations for when you should expect relief.

If you're not feeling improvement in your nerve pain, your neurologist may prescribe medications to help: ( Neuropathic Drugs and Medications ).

We hope this information helps, and we wish you the best of luck with your upcoming appointment!