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Recovery After Surgery/Numbness

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:34 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
My fiance recently had to have three surgeries to take out a herniated disk at her T7-T8 Vertebrae. After the first (unsuccessful) surgery she went numb from the chest down, and lost a lot of movement. Fortunately the 2nd surgery they got the disc out with a lami/discetomy. The third surgery they fused the area together.

It's only been a month out, and she is walking again albeit with a walker. She still is numb from the waist down though. Yesterday, however, she had these bad spasms down her body, she said they were so bad they knocked the wind out of her. But than today she said she could feel a little bit in her left foot.


- Are the spasms she is having a sign the nerves are waking up?
- Can we assume that if the foot is becoming unnumb other parts will follow?
- Will this numbness go away body part by body part or will one day she wake up and it's gone?
- Does numbness start to fix itself at the foot and work its way up?
- Is there anything you know of to help stimulate the nerves?

These are very uncertain times for us so thanks in advance for all your help.


  • Wow - what a wringer! THREE surgeries for one issue - yikes!

    I'm not dr. but my first impression is that if the nerves are working in the foot, then they are all connected and she should be getting feeling back.

    I've had a numb leg for a year now - never have I had feeling come back in any of the numb parts. It seems a good sign to me.

    I did have spasms post-op though - they eventually went away. My Dr.'s advice on them was to get walking - motion is the lotion -.

    I WISH there were a way to stimulate nerves - I'll be watching this closely to see if anyone has any tips whatsoever on that one!

  • I know, three surgeries were rough and I wasn't even the one having them. But she made it through it!

    Thanks for telling about your experience it's always good to hear what others have gone through. Her doctors have been pretty quiet about what to expect, with there always seeming to be "it's too soon to tell". So it's nice to hear from people who have gone through this so we know a little of what to expect.

    Hopefully we'll get a person with a good tip on how to stimulate the nerves
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