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Lumbar Nerve Root Pain and Recovery

RhonaRRhona Posts: 1
edited 12/05/2014 - 6:00 PM in Chronic Pain
Hi there. I'm new here and I am writing on behalf of my husband.
A bit about how we came to be seeking help here....
After about a year of having sciatic pain my hubby (we'll call him "B") had a disectomy in the L4. This was early in 2011. The operation appeared to be a success for the first 10 days until he reached for the shower and all the pain came back.

Over the course of the next 3 1/2 years B has become almost completely disabled. His symptoms being as follows: constant severe sciatic pain, numbness, burning and pins and needles below the left knee, inability to lift left foot, complete loss of ability to get an erection, severe heat and cold intolerance, continual constipation (going 2-3 times week), urinating infrequently and with severe pain down leg when trying to urinate, pelvis area feeling as though it's being crushed. B relies on crutches as he cannot bear weight on his left foot. He only goes out to appointments as the sheer effort in doing anything exacerbates his condition.

Medicine that B takes is as follows: 60mg MST (morphine) twice daily, 300mg Pregablin twice daily, 50mg Amitriptyline once daily, 5mg Oxycontin (2-5 Times daily) and paracetamol up to 4 times daily.

B has another Disectomy in November this year (only 2 weeks ago). To present the benefits seem to be as follows: he can lift his left foot of of the ground a couple of inches, he's able to have a stool movement 2 out of 3 days, he's having less episodes of heat intolerance and the overall pain now is at best 50% of what it was.

Before surgery B never got a break from the pain whereas now when lying down he can be almost pain free for a while which is great for him. He's still on all the medication mentioned above though.

He's been advised that he's not your typical case as his symptoms were so severe. Apparently his root nerves were so compressed he was lucky that the op was done when it was as they had almost completely collapsed which would have been irreversible. He's been told that his recovery will be a lot slower than a normal case as the root nerves are so out of place.

Anyone got any insight as to the prognosis and recovery of nerve roots?


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