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Arrogant Neuro

I had a spinal fusion 13 weeks ago. I have recently had problems with numbness and pain across my back and down my left leg. I can barely stand and can't walk very far, nor sit for very long. My neuro has ignored my attempts to contact him and finally got back to me today. His comments are that he did a good job and I just need to pull my socks up and get on with it. IF ONLY! He told me I need a psych not a neurosurgeon and there must be reasons at home why I don't want to get better. When I said I was doing everything I could, physio, hydro etc. he said that other people don't need those things, they just get on with it. Am I doing so bad at this stage??? Has anyone struggled with numbness and pain coming on several weeks after surgery and if so did it go away? Thanks
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  • At 13 weeks post op, it is common to experience a bit of increased pain and numbness as you get a bit away from the acute post op phase of recovery. You don't mention whether or not there was any neural compromise- compression of any of the spinal nerve roots in either the canals or the foramina, but if there was, that could be the cause of the numbness and increased pain. It is the nerve re-awakening and the pain is going to increase some as you increase your activity.
    It should subside.
  • Hi Sandi, Thanks for your reply. There was mild compression of the nerve. Although the neuro said he had to dig through scar tissue to find the nerve and had to scrape scar tissue off the nerve. He said he expects a 100% recovery, I guess it just takes time. Glad it is the nerve re-awakening. Did have some deep tissue massage by my PT last week which could have inflamed things.
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