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Nerve descaling.

Hi I'm 5 weeks post op, micro discectomy L5S1. The surgeon told me that the disc protrusion was very minor and I fact all of my pain was coming from growing blood vessels etc growing on the nerve. He said he scrapped the nerve for circa 40minutes. I'm currently in pain and feel the same symptoms of throbbing nerve down into my foot. He has told me it will settle, but I'm worried there maybe some permanent nerve damage. Has anybody any experience of this and is there anything I could do or take to help aid the nerve in settling? He said he was 100% satisfied that the nerve was free from irritation when he closed me up.
Thanks in advance.


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  • Sounds painful!!! Did he give you anything for nerve pain? Like gabepentin?? Anything? I've not had it done. So I maybe there isn't anything. But I take gabapentin for nerve pain. Just wondering.
  • I had a 1 sided laminectomy in 2008 at c4/c5 that was supposed to last 2 hours, it lasted 4. The surgeon said that he had to work for 2 hours to "free" the nerve from scar tissue, believe it would be similar to what you describe. Tried all the nerve meds and lyrica did work but had to stop in 2009 due to side effects. I do have permanent nerve damage but don't know if it was the pocedure or waiting to long to have it done.
    laminectomy c4/c5 2008, ACDF c4-c7 Jan 20 2014 sched
  • Thanks. Yes I'm on lyrica 150mg/day. But they don't seem to work. I'm afraid of the permanent damage. I'm due to see him again next week and I am really going to push the subject. Anybody any idea how I would find out at this stage if the damage is permanent ? Is there a test?
  • But can't think of the name of it.
  • Thanks if you do remember please do let me know.
  • Home page an go to treatmeants. I think it's in there. I want to say myleothy or something like that. That's probably not spelled right. But there ate articles on this site about it.
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