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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,731
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:25 AM in New Member Introductions
This is new for me. I was searching nerve regeneration and came across this site. Had surgery on S-1,L-5, in August. Had serious pain in buttocks, back of leg,calf, and foot. Struggled with strength tests and leg 2 inches smaller than other. had laminectomy, disc repair and dynamic stabilization. I no longer suffer from muscle spasms, do not use heating pad to sleep anymore, leg getting stronger,(only 1 1/2"smaller) but no answers on how long for nerve to come "back to life". Take anti-inflams for nerve inflammation and have some pain when sitting too long. Post op was excruciating, but would not hesitate to do again as relief from muscle spasms and numbness gives a new life.


  • Welcome to spine-health...
  • Hi and Welcome to Spine Health. The healing of nerves is so "individual", it would be hard to give you a time line. If you are healing, feeling less pain and getting stronger, then I would take that as a great sign that your body has the ability to bring itself back on line.

    I've had nerves that healed in a few months and then others that have taken years. I guess it all depends on the type of nerve and the type of damage to it.

  • :) hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. you don't say if you are taking any nerve pain medications? they have made a big difference in my life. you might talk to your doctor about it. :-C good luck with your future pain treatments. <:P Jenny :)
  • I wish you a speedy recovery. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • It sounds as if your recovery is going well and that is good news. I wish you continued improvement. Please keep us posted.
  • Took Neurontin for about a month, but makes me dizzy and drunk so dealt with pain instead. Now take clebrex for nerve inflam and tramadol at night for pain. Stomach does not tolerate much and these have worked the best for sensitive stomach.
  • Took Neurontin for about a month, but makes me dizzy and drunk so dealt with pain instead. Now take clebrex for nerve inflam and tramadol at night for pain. Stomach does not tolerate much and these have worked the best for sensitive stomach.
  • Explain the therapy nerve blocks.
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    Post surgery, nerve pain can be the most difficult and persistent to get rid of. There are so many variables, its impossible to even try to give a guideline on when nerve pain should subside.
    The variables that would increase that time are:

    - Length of time a disc was pressing on the nerve and the actual surgery
    - The actual scope and details of the surgery
    - Some items not that we all might not have control off
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