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Pain in left leg and burning in foot

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,321
My wife had surgery on 12-9-08. She had the disk removed and fused. L5/S1
Her left leg is getting stronger,(right leg is good) but the pain and burn in the left is still there. It wasn't this bad before surgery.
The Doctor said the nerve has been pressed on and its going to take time to heal. How long will this last?
Is this normal?
We go back to the Doctor on 1-29-09. What should we ask him?


  • Hiya >:D< Welcome to spine health :D I hope you find all the information helpful and our members are genuine and friendly O:) We can on give advice on our personal experiences as we are not medical professionals O:)These kind of surgeries take time to heal, and everyone is different :? Ask the doctor if there is any lasting nerve damage! :S I do know that a burning sensation is the nerves and can be very uncomfortable ~X( . She needs to take it easy, and dont do to much to soon. keep posting! Good Luck for the 29th, and let us know how she gets on. :)

    Angie :H
  • Hi and welcome!
    Nice of you to post for you wife to find out information.
    None of us can play Dr of course even though I would love to have the job!! :D

    I also had pain for about 2 months out from surgery. It did eventually go away in time. I used alot of heat and ice.
    I am not sure where you live but if its like where I am and its FRIGID outside. The best exercise I imagine her dr told her is walking. If she cannot do that outside, like me I am trying to find a used treadmill for sale.
    All our muscles and nerves were messed around with during this type of surgery. Some people wake up feeling wonderful and go on with their life. Some of us it takes a great while to recover.
    I am 4 months out and still am having pain just in my lower back though.
    When I came home I had the nerve pain in my feet that was never there before the orginal surgery.
    But the dr was right and it POOFED! It just took time and patience.
    I did alot of stretching of my legs to while laying flat or even sitting up.
    But anything I said that I did to get rid of mine please ask her dr about first.
    Also there is medications for nerve related issues. Mabye something you also would like to discuss with the Dr at the next appt. This also may help her. May not get rid of the pain but put it at ease till she heals some more.
    This is a very long recovery and that is what we are here for is to keep you and her going through the process!!

    Sorry for the long post. If you stick around with us, you will know I just write and write and write, since hubby blocks me out =)) =)) =))

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