Peripheral Neuropathy still 3 months AFTER microdiscectomy!

Peripheral Neuropathy still 3 months AFTER microdiscectomy!

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Peripheral Neuropathy still 3 months AFTER microdiscectomy!

Hi all. I am so frustrated and just wondering if anyone had any insight, similar experience, etc. I had a microdiscectomy 3 months ago on L5-S1 for severe nerve compression that caused weakness in my right leg and loss of ankle reflex, etc. The recovery was going pretty ok, still had some residual sciatic pain, but nothing terrible and strength was returning. Around week 7 strange things started happening in BOTH legs. I started getting hot/cold sensations, buzzing in feet, ankle areas and then around 2 weeks ago started to get some burning sensations on both upper knees/lower thighs - all mostly happening on the front part of my legs so nowhere near the sciatic nerve that was the cause of the initial reason to get surgery. I had an MRI done this past Friday on my cervical, thoracic and lumbar and nothing was out of the ordinary. Had very mild scar tissue at L5 but again my symptoms are symmetrical on both legs now. Doctor said to give it another month that it will probably just pass, but why did it come on 7 weeks after surgery and why is it still here 6 weeks later (I am week 14 almost actually). I am just scared as these are such weird sensations and very different from what I felt pre surgery which was mostly hamstring and calf pain. I was given Neurontin, but didn't start it yet as I didn't have such a great reaction to Lyrica when I tried it a couple of weeks ago. Again, from a pain standpoint I am definitely better than I was pre-surgery and strength is almost all back, it is just the nerve issues that are getting on my nerves...literally!! Thanks for listening.

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The Nerves

are probably still in the healing phase is what my best guess would be. Try to be patient. My microD took me 5-6 months before I could even lift my leg. The nerves had been compressed so they are going to take some time to heal. Good luck to you and please keep us posted. It will probably be a very good idea to get started on the neurontin. Just because you could not take the Lyrica doesn't mean that you will react the same way.

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Numbness

I too have the nerve issues and mine is in the left leg. You need to look up nerve dermatomes for L4 - S1 and see if your pattern of numbness follows their chart. I woke up with the numbness after my first surgery and have yet to lose it.
I had a real hard time with Lyrica, but I had no problem at all with Neurontin. I don't know if it is doing anything, but I keep on taking it just in case.
I really hope your doctor is correct and this will just leave. Keep looking for answers.
Julie

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I also had a microdiscectomy

I also had a microdiscectomy 11ish weeks ago and am still suffering with nerve problems. I just started physio in the hope it will loosen the nerve gliding through the nerve sheath.I understand it takes time for them to heal especially when the nerves have been very compressed but it is so frustrating!

I take lyrica cos the neurontin made me totally zoned out (which was pretty unpleasant) - like you julie I don't know if it does anything but don't want to risk not taking it and feeling worse!

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WILL IT EVER END

Very new here. What a relief there are peeple just like me.I thought I was going senile!I am 39 male started back pain about 2001.Had 3 injections in 2006. Three more in 2007.My pain does nothing but get worse to the point of being bed riddin for days(Very fustrating).Had sugery in march of 08 lamnectomy/discectomy L4 the first two months were the best had zero pain.Month 3 pain returned with a vengence.Im back to chronic pain all day all night getting about 4 hrs sleep at a time.Im still trying to work hard for my family but sometimes seems to be imposible to have agood life dealing with this.When does the madness stop?I wont take pain pills,Im in physical therapy,I dont want a fusion (unless it will help) but I have my doubts anything works.WHAT THE HECK!!!

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Hey Nicola and Scott39

First Scott welcome and do realize there are a lot of us that suffer. I too fought not to take pain medicine, but then realized that not getting sleep was not allowing my body the healing time it needed. It takes a lot of energy for the body to react to pain, leaving little left for it to do other things, so maybe you should think about giving your body a break from it, while you figure out what to do. I am not sorry I did my fusion. I am just sorry that my pain went from my hip and butt to my foot and didn't just leave altogether. There are a lot of people who get better Scott so don't give up.
Nicola, the Lyrica totally zoned me out. Isn't that funny? What are your nerve issues and did you have them before surgery or just pain? I had no issue with my foot at all until I woke up from my first surgery. Then it was numb, untouchable and painful. I too am afraid of stopping the Neurontin just in case it is helping. My surgeon said stop and see. Ohhhhh I just can't get myself to try that, yet I hate taking it in the first place.
Julie

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Don't despair there are things that can work.

Hi scot welcome.

Why won't you take the meds? You should stop trying so hard to be a saint smiley and try some.
I was also in chronic pain for months and refused any meds as I don't like putting stuff in my body. I tried a tens machine it was a life saver for me and gave total relief . Please get one they are quite cheap. Try for a while, give it some time to get used to and I promise it will help.

About the meds you could try something I did eventually cause walking about with wires all over me was a nuisance. I tryed the lycria made me bit zombie for a bit ,then a month later it started to work on the pain and no effects for me on low dosage. You need to sleep it is important. Don't be so hard on yourself okay. Try not to become bedridden it won't help you need to be active. Please have some faith you are not alone in your pain okay smiley

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nerves

Hey julie - I had really bad nerve pain sciatica for about 12 weeks before my surgery. I had my first surgery in 2003 and had about a year of chronic pain before then and such bad nerve damage that I ended up with foot drop. So long story short you could say I had years of damage. When they opened me up they saw the nerve was trapped between a gross epidural fibrosis (scar tissue) from my first surgery and a bulge in the disc - so it was pretty messy.

Have you been doing any physio for your nerve pain

Don't you love it when they suggest you "stop it and see" with meds?! All I have is the lyrica so no way am I quitting it until I have good reason (ie my pain is less).

Zoleniaq - how long did it take for the tens machine to help you?

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nicola75 (not verified)
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nerves

Hey julie - I had really bad nerve pain sciatica for about 12 weeks before my surgery. I had my first surgery in 2003 and had about a year of chronic pain before then and such bad nerve damage that I ended up with foot drop. So long story short you could say I had years of damage. When they opened me up they saw the nerve was trapped between a gross epidural fibrosis (scar tissue) from my first surgery and a bulge in the disc - so it was pretty messy.

Have you been doing any physio for your nerve pain

Don't you love it when they suggest you "stop it and see" with meds?! All I have is the lyrica so no way am I quitting it until I have good reason (ie my pain is less).

Zoleniaq - how long did it take for the tens machine to help you?

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Hey Nicola

I am not in PT anymore. Just doing stuff on my own. Plus I have Acupuncture two times a week and my DO works on me twice a week too. They are what keep me going. My tens machine did absolutely nothing for my foot pain and numbing. That is unfortunate. I had the hip and sciatic pain for two years before surgery and then finally gave in cause I couldn't sit, sleep, eat or live anymore. Since then I deal with my foot, which isn't acting like a foot at the moment. I grow lovely scar tissue. Just too much of it. Way too much of it. I also had the dropped foot when I woke up from this last surgery. Actually I had to relearn to walk cause my brain and my left foot did not remember each other. I still have those moments.
Julie

zolenniaq (not verified)
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tens machine

hi nicola
I had relief right away with a tens machine. Once I worked out the way it worked, it was brill!!.I was connected all day till I went to bed. Takes a bit to work out the best program, but I liked it continually.

Remember it does not fix anything the pain is still there when you unplug. At the time I really was in so much pain and could find no pain relief. The doctor's here weren't very good at prescribing anything or even suggesting a tens !!! Huh they don't even know how they work!!! Just suggested paracetamol huh yeah!! smiley

While I waited for an MRI scan and the appointment to see surgeon, the tens helped tremendously. Meantime I did a lot of research on med's . I tried all the conventional stuff . Acupuncture, chiropractic, physio, but 9 months was enough!!!

Wearing the tens does restrict you pads keep falling off nightmare. They are worth it though but best if you make sure the pads stick on firmly .For me I needed something else. As I hated walking round with a machine and wires on me all time. ~X(

That is when I found about Gabapentin. However it did nothing after a month so gave up that one. Then I started on the lyrica and after 28 days I found at last the relief to live a day and night with out to much pain.

I too am not giving up my lyrica I take 75mg morning and 50mg night, little dose but works for me. Trouble when they say, "Try and see", huh if it takes month to work, would it take a month to get it out your system? And then would we be in pain again? Then wait another month again no thank you.
I do plenty exercises and walk regular. smiley

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