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Slipped Disk, How Long Until Permanent Nerve Damage?

Hello. About two years ago I was sitting in a chair at work, working, when I started feeling a pain in my groin. I couldn't figure it out, but it was like someone was stepping on my with their heel.

For 3 months I put up with this excruciating pain until I finally went to a doctor who, at first, thought I had a hernia, but after many scans decided I had a herniated disc. It wasn't until I switched out chairs in my office space that the groin pain disappeared (thankfully), but the pain in my right butt cheek immediately began. I've been dealing with that ever since.

About a year ago, I went to a physical therapist who showed me exercises to do to strengthen my back, but I was lazy and quickly stopped doing them. For the past year I've been sitting at my computer unemployed with terrible posture, biting through the pain.

A couple of days ago I started to get similar butt cheek pain in my left side -- prompting me to begin wondering if I had herniated a disc on my left side now as well. This got me thinking about my nerve again, and so I started doing some of the exercises the PT showed me, and also started researching pinched nerve again and only NOW started noticing people saying that if your nerve remains pinched for too long, you can have permanent damage.

I wish someone had told me that EARLIER.

My question is, how long does that have to be before permanent damage happens? Is the fact that I've been ignoring this pinched nerve for 2 years caused it to become permanent? Is the fact that I sat on it without change for 3 months caused it to be permanent? I'm fast approaching 26 years old. Permanent nerve damage would be ... unfortunate, to say the least.


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  • wow, its been an year and no one replied to him . I am curious too. How long does it take for permanent nerve damage ?
    So which of the favors of your Lord would you deny? ~ Quran 55:18
  • I am no expert, but from my own experience I have heard that they become more concerned after a nerve is continually pinched for 6 months - a year. That being said, nerves can heal. I just had a Fusion from L4-S1 with some nerve damage in my left leg affecting my foot and nerves will repair themselves at a rate of about 2mm per week. I actually just saw a doctor today and asked about this because my left foot still drags. He said at that rate, it will take 6 months to a year for the nerve to fully repair itself, assuming the nerve in your leg is about 3 feet.... The taller you are, the longer it takes....
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,842
    will vary from person to person and from what was the cause for the nerve manage. The assumption here is that the nerve damage was the result of a disc impinging a nerve root.
    The longer that goes untreated you risk two potential problems

    • 1. Extended recovery time before the nerve pain disappears
      2. Permanent nerve damage
    But how long is how long? Most surgeons would agree that once you have this condition, surgery sooner is better.
    On two of my lumbar surgeries, I did have surgery within 3 months of the nerve problem. I recovered fine from those surgeries, no nerves were dead. However, on another of my lumbar surgery, I waited almost 18 months before having surgery. Why, I just didnt want to have lumbar surgery #4, As a result, it took almost 2 years for most of my nerve pain to disappear, but I also was left with several dead nerve endings in my right leg and right foot. I have a partial drop foot which gets in the way from time to time.

    Damage nerves will heal over time, but once a nerve is dead, I am not aware any way that that nerve can regenerate. I have read some medical journals that talk about this, but I havent found anything concrete,
    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
  • You provide a lot of great information! What's your story? Im glad to see that you have had such great recoveries!
  • Peripheral nerves can recover, unless they are dead, but the ones in the spinal canal do not recover from being compressed, which is why spinal cord damage is so devastating......peripheral nerves and nerve roots that exit at the side of the vertebra recover at a rate of about 1 mm per month, so depending on how much of the nerve is damaged, the length and severity of it, determines how fast something will come back.
    As to how long it takes to damage a nerve, it depends again in the amount of compression, how long it has been there, and if any part of the nerve has died off.
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