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Nerve damage tests

Debbied67DDebbied67 Posts: 100
Hi just wondering if there's test you can have to see how badly damaged the nerves are,,, I have footdrop and numbness on side of leg and top of foot and big toe a next one,,, I got it through a slipped disc nearly 11 weeks ago had mri 2 weeks later has i complained of the delay,,, got results 5 weeks later were I was told by spinal surgeon it was to late to save my foot been left to long and was now paralysed, has I should have had an MRI straight away when I attended hospital and sent straight to him but they delayed in my treatment,,,, I had a microdisectomy over 2 weeks ago,, still early,, but was just wondering if the surgeon was wrong well hoping he's wrong,,, and if there is anything to see if it is permanant,,,,, I know it takes time for nerves to recover,,,
Thanks in advance


  • You can NOT rush the recovery of nerves........and there is no test that can be done to see if there is any improvement, yet, it's only been two weeks.
    An emg can be done later, months down the road, to see what the status is of the nerves to check for any improvement but doing it before at least 6 months have passed means that you won't get accurate results, and even then it may not show positive or negative since nerve recovery can take up to two years.
  • smileyssmiley Posts: 4
    edited 09/24/2014 - 3:15 PM
    Wow Debbie I feel for you. I have a relapse, and this time have the numbness. Now I am more worried about it. My Doctor doesn't seem to concerned and I keep getting told that once the pressure is off the nerve the feeling will return. I certainly hope so. I just posted about my condition and treatment by a Myropractor. I hope you get to read this, it may be something that can help you. Tracy
  • Thanks will check that out,, I'm having physio and I go get see an orthotic in couple of weeks for a splint also see my surgeon so going to see what they have to say,,, seems like I've had it for so long I'm still unable to work cause of the nerve pain on meds but had to reduce it last couple of days due to bad acid reflux at night,,, so on meds for that now,,, and will increase my nerve meds once my reflux is under control,,,,,I had a large L3 /L4 herniation, also degenerative disc desease multilevel,
    What have you had done also have you got a footdrop,,,, they do say it takes a long time for nerves to recover,,, take care
  • Are they going to treat your relapse
  • And gives me the "nerves take forever to heal"
    They then throw in anywhere from 6 months to 2 years.
    I too am seeing some foot specialists for a splint. I have been looking at the AFO from Allard in the US. They are carbon and carry kinetic energy for running. I'd like to have the potential to run sparingly.. for a bus... Flee for my life (stuff like that)
    If I end up wearing it and ditching the cane is that so bad? I don't know. I spend some time negotiating the outcome of my foot drop. I DID NOT SEE ANY IMPROVEMENT UNTIL THE ONE MONTH MARK. I could just move my ankle slight and jittery left and right. That's it. One day my pinkie moved.
    Can you push down? Plantarflexion) can you get a stretchy band around your toes? I used to throw mine over! Lol.
    Use that or any strap to flex your ankle and toes. Keep positive. It's ridiculous but helpful to know there's hope. It's tiring dragging around the leg. I know. I think Liz knows too.
    I was so down and out and frustrated by it I was able to go out now (!) and see downtown and people watch. Takes your mind off things for a bit. Try and get outside of the 4 walls for a bit.
    Also.. Grieve. Get angry. Bargain. Sob. Repeat.
    It's okay to feel all of those things. One day I hope you will have peace with it... and life moves on.
    Just when you think you're at peace with things that's when you could be suprised. I have to keep telling myself that. There's no therapy recommendations for people like us here in Canada. There should be.
    I pray for toe wiggling for you. That's not too much to ask.
  • Nice to hear from you again,,,I've not heard of that afo, when do you get yours,, not sure what I'm getting,,, I'd like to run again after my grandkids upset me when the surgeon said it wouldn't recover that was my first thought my grandkids,,, I'm due to be a nana again next week my 4th grandchild can't wait,,,, hopefully soon I will be able to just have to stay strong,,, I'd be willing to pay for a better afo if needed,,,I can push down and wiggle 3 toes not bend though,, only 2 toes are numb big toe and next one,,, I try my best to move it up and sideways but nothing but have to keep trying eh if I want to run after the kids again,,,,Istill get nerve pains,,,,ye ive been putting a belt round my foot to bringing it up and doing my excercises,,,,,
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