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Recovery time for foot numbness from disc protrusion

I have an L4-5 disc protrusion according to the MRI and have foot numbness. I would like to know how long it takes for the numbness to stop and what the healing process feels like (from those who have healed). Also, what treatment helped besides surgery and epidurals i.e. Physio, McKenzie stretches etc.,


  • I have had numbness in my left foot since 2008 when i first herniated L4-5. I had an open laminectomy and disectomy that year. Most of the numbness in my leg has went away but not my foot. However, it does take quite sometime for nerves to heal. I hope your disc issue does heal on its own and that you have no more issues from it.
    Discectomies 05/08 and 04/11, fusions L4-5 Feb 9,2012 and L3-L4 June 28,2012, Staph infection washout 3/2/2012, Bulged L5-S1. SCS trial on January 17th, 2014, which was a success! Permanent SCS on February 20th.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,839
    can take a long time to heal. Most doctors will tell you that you back/neck/etc pain will feel better sooner than any nerve pain. The longer a nerve root is impinged, the longer it may take to heal. It is not that uncommon to hear situations where that it takes over a year for the nerve pain to subside.

    There are also situations in which surgery to correct the nerve impingement was delayed that longer and possible permanent never damage can happen. With my lumbar surgery #3, I wanted too long to have the surgery. As a result, I know have some permanent nerve damage in my right leg and foot. I have a 'dropped' right foot. EMGS confirm this, and I realize that there is not much that I can do. Its not a big problem, just something for me to be aware of... especially walking down stairs.

    Personally, I would not hold off any spinal surgery that involved nerve damage. But I am not a doctor, so, I would listen to your doctor first and verify everything with them.
    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
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