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How long does numbess last ?

I would like to hear from anyone who has experienced numbness after their surgery. I am experiencing numbness
on the side and bottom of my foot and the back of my thigh. I am almost 4 weeks post open-discectomy.


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,859

    • - How long was it before surgery?
      - What disc was impinging the nerve root?
      - How long was the actual surgery?
      - What have been your recovery actions?
      - And your general health in responding to trauma?
    The longer you wait for surgery after a disc is pressing on the nerve root, the longer the recovery period potentially could be. My 3rd Lumbar surgery, I waited too long (9 months) and as a result I still have nerve damage (permanent) and a partial drop foot.

    So folks tell us that after 6 months the nerve pain stopped, some say 12 months, some 18 months and some are ;like me
    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
  • Thanks for the response. My pain began 6 months before surgery. I may have waited a bit too long. I can remember so many people (health care professionals included) saying "avoid back surgery; do everything you can before you risk surgery." I often wonder how patients fare if they do epidural injections for years. I wonder how that effects the nerve root's ability to recover.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,859
    and I think it would depend on each situation. A lot depends on what disc level is impinging what root nerve.. Many times, doctors will try to speed up the surgery time in those situations and for those with herniated discs that are not impacting a nerve, then the spinal injections and other treatments would be in order..

    But we all hope that if the nerve is impacted, the wait time is not that long. Unless the doctor has some very sound reason and rationale to believe that conservative treatments could resolve the situation and that long term nerve damage would not be present. Its a hard one to call
    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
  • RubyTuesdayRRubyTuesday Posts: 195
    edited 02/11/2014 - 8:53 AM
    I had the tingling and numbness in my foot and shin. Never had it in the thigh. I was told it's the l5 nerve causing the issue. I had an MRI last week to see if there was impingement or herniation causing the problem, but nothing was found. I'm in week 6 now and I'm starting to feel some improvement. At first, I couldnt stand to have the sheets touch the area. I had to wear a knee sock to bed to prevent it. Yes, just one knee sock. That was attractive. LOL. But now I don't have to wear a sock because the super sensitivity is fading.

    Good luck!
    Synovial cyst removal in 2008. L4-L5 facet joint.
    Lumbar fusion at L4-L5 in December 2013. TLIF posterior entry
  • I am 5 months out from a PLIF at L5-S1. My nerve pain started about 9 months prior in December, and some partial foot drop symptoms about 6 months in March. I had 2 neurologists and a physiatrist look at my MRI and everyone agreed PT and injections, also saying avoid surgery. I consulted the neurosurgeon in June & had the fusion in Sept. He said a fusion was the only way to stabilize the area for my spondylethesis, but even he said "take your time, talk it over." I have some overall improvement in the burning/squeezing foot pain, but the numbness, tingling, muscle weakness, twitching, cramping etc. Still here! Don't know what to think. I will have a repeat EMG in 6 months if things stay as they are.
    PLIF Sept. 2013

  • I hope you have a faster recovery than I am.. I am six months post op.. (open lumbar laminectomy and decompression) for stenosis.. At first I seemed to be making progress.. but now the numbness, even partial paralysis, joint pain and tightness, and lack of balance is back with a vengeance.. My neurosurgeon says I should be almost fully recovered and has ordered a new MRI and we begin all over again.. I hope you have better luck.
  • Jenger.... Ditto.... Same experience here..
  • stenosisRosesstenosisRose Posts: 489
    edited 02/17/2014 - 5:22 AM
    I too am six months post-op
    Decompressions L3-4, 4-5,5-S1
    And my numbness is INCRESING and foot drop symptoms coming back also

    Was the past six months the HONEYMOON PERIOD????

    Wow, I missed it if it was

    This stinks
  • Yeah, no joke.. I seem to be getting weaker and more numb and off balance as time goes by.. I have an MRI on the 21st to see what is going on.. and why the surgery failed so miserably... If it shows nothing, I am going to see an Orthopedic Specialist and change direction.. Hang in there.. This ain't over until it's over..
  • It's been 14 months after surgery and I am still having numbness in my left leg bottom side.
    I have fully recovered after 6 months and now I have situation like when I get up in the morning
    My hip is jammed and I have to adjust a minute for flexibility.
  • Wow, 14 months.... Have you improved overall, since surgery? I am still waiting for that "breakthrough moment" when the pain in my right quadracep stops and my balance and motor skills come back to my left leg.. and the numbness goes away.. With me, it has always been about my legs and feet.. My lower back was never in much pain other than being a little "tight" after being cut on..
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