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leocat46lleocat46 Posts: 125
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:19 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
hello can anyone give advice on how long to wait until nerve damage set in? as in terms of months or wks.
i know people put off surgery for one reason or another, but it seems like there should be a time limit or something.that is i know that putting off surgery will cause other risks . does anyone have any input?



  • I agree with Bubblegum, that you should ask your surgeon. I've heard of one case where a physiotherapist saved a guy from paralysis - once they opened him up the herniation had almost worked it's way right through the protective coating on the nerve and literally it would have been a matter of days before he would have been paralysed. In another case it was several years of inadequate treatment of a herniation that finally caused permanent damage. I'm not sure it's something that happens overnight, but if there has been nerve compression and you've had symptoms for a while then your risk is increased. I guess you would need to know what the scans are showing in order to answer that question. It's a very good question though and I wish I knew the answer!

    Take care, Spicey
  • I'll share what was told to me for my specific case, not meant to judge or gauge anyone else's case:
    8-9 months.

    Again, please don't use this as a reference for anything.
    On the sunny and mild Central Coast of California

    L4-L5 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy June, 2007
    L5-S1 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy May, 2008
  • Im a furniture prep worker, I've been working with laqure thinner for the past 1 year and nine months and I notice that my nerves are acting up causing my neck to hurt and tingling sensation on my head the side,back, and eye brow. also effects my mid back arms and legs.

    i was wondering if i can fix this or reverse it with allteritive medicine "cilation and homopath?

    can i regenerate nerve tissue?

    help, im in pain and very young to exprience these kinds of problems.

    any nerve specialist in this form???

  • I went 10 years before I had surgery. They keep saying the nerves would not come back. Only when I devoloped foot drop did I have the 5 level fusion. As far as I can tell on the what was the bad leg, the nerves are fine, no more foot drop. But on the good leg terrible nerve problems they say is due to swelling. Don't wait like I did.
  • are you wearing a fresh air mask with eye protection when you are working with the thinners? changing gloves, wearing a protective suit?
    My husband is an auto painter and he gets checked regularly for Iosiscianate poisining. I know I spelled that incorrectly!
    the first symptom of this is nurological- twitching muscles, weakness, tingling.
    Hubby now trains painters and he is shocked at how little the industry workers take precaution. the eye protection is critical because the solvints will get into the vessels and straight to the blood stream.
    get this checked out- it is a simple blood test. If it is checmical induces you are looking at a workers comp claim.
    hope all goes well
  • Well, to me that is good news. My husband has foot drop too. Since my husband has MS and really bad stenosis too, Doctors are always putting off surgery for him, and I fear that he will suffer permanent nerve damage if something is not done soon for the mechanical issues of his lumbar spine. He has seen endless specialists, and has been given the run around for 4 or 5 years. How long is too long? Hard not to get stressed about it.

    Thanks for being here! Always give thanks for all that you are grateful for.
    Mrs. Swift
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