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How long does inflammation to nerve roots really last

buckeyebackbuckeyeback Posts: 391
edited 06/11/2012 - 1:31 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
after surgery? I've had doctors tell me it could last anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months. One even told me 9 months is possible after surgery due to retraction of the nerve that can cause damage.

Does that make sense or are they just buying more time hopeing we get better?


  • dilaurodilauro New Milford, CT 06776Posts: 8,787
    Your doctor is correct in giving you that range... And in some cases that range could extend to 12 months.
    There are so many variables involved when determining how long it will take for the nerve problem to heal....And in some cases, they never heal.

    Some factors that can play a big role is just:
    - How long you had a disc impinging on a nerve root before you had surgery to correct that.
    - How long was the actual surgery
    - What kind of surgery was performed and Where
    - How well do you generally heal

    With each surgery, my recovery time for my nerve damage increased. With my last lumbar surgery, I had some permanent nerve damage in my right leg and foot. Nothing big, just some dead areas and a partial drop foot that bothers me only when I dont pay attention to the stairs I climb or descend.

    Best thing to help quicken the time frame for healing:

    DO EVERYTHING the DOCTOR tells you to do.
    DO NOT IGNORE any Limitations or Restrictions
    KEEP UP with any Exercise you are suppose to do.

    Believe me, I know, I ignored some of the above and am still paying the price
    Ron DiLauro     Spine-Health System Administrator

    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com

  • I had a PLIF 11/07, and I had nerve issues for about 1 year. Then, there was pain/numbness that just stayed. At this point I'm guessing it's just permanent damage from waiting to have surgery and then the manipulation and pressure. I'm 3 weeks post op from my latest surgery, and it will be interesting to see how long this numbness lasts. It's worse than the last time, so we'll see. Everyone is different, so I'm sure that you'll get other replies pretty soon. Good luck!
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