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Do Nerves heal?

FishSticksFFishSticks Posts: 8
I'm suffering from a herniated disc L4S1. The MRI showed that it was a large impingment on the nerve root. My left foot has a been sore & numb.This has lasted a little over 5 months . At month 2 I got an epidural with a little effect.
At month 5 I got a micro discectomy from a high skilled and very regarded nuro-surgeon. He did tell me the nerve was inflamed from being compressed for so long. Well now that the disc is free from impingment, How will the nerve react?
Is it beat up like a flatten garden hose? I sure hope it can recover from such abuse. I've looked around on the forums, but no one has much expertise on nerves (back).
I do see my nuro-surgeon for my post-op appointment for many questions and my condition, but any thoughts are very welcome.


  • What did you find out? I had surgery on L5 S1 in November. Everything seems ok and on track. I just don't like the numbness in foot and the achey tired feeling back of thigh towards end of day. I wonder if I am not doing enough or too much. Does twisting ever so slightly to unroll toilet paper do damage. From what I was told the nerve "was just clobbered." There was no reflex in foot.
    I had my gallbladder removed a month after the back surgery and really don't want to do anything wrong to have another surgery!!!
  • Nerves they say heal for up to 18 months to regenerate. Some dr,s think longer.

    If its not healed after the 18 months or slightly longer then its damaged for good more likely, Mine never healed after 8 years now and nerve damage is the hardest to treat,

    There is no cure just pain control with medicarions or nerve srimulater implants, and many times tropical creams to help control it,

    Nerve damage with spine is diferent from many other type of nerve damage elsewhere,

    They can only free up the nerve with spine but cant fix the nerve once its damaged and for this reason many suffer and never totaly recover after surgery,

    Merry christmas and good luck!
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
  • Yes, nerves can heal (or regenerate). But it can be very slow...I forget the rated but I have heard it can take 12-18mons but that while some believe it can take even longer, after 2 years it is likely the damage is permanent.

    I don't know but I had a really bad rupture, 2 micro-discectomies and am almost 2 years out and never got feeling back. But I was an extreme case. I know lots of folks at did get feeling back. The foot is farthest from the root, so they say that can take longer than numbs closer to the source.

    Let us know what your doctor says.
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