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Dead sciatic nerve in leg

Hogan 29HHogan 29 Posts: 1
I had hip replacement in 2000. This lasted for 1 week, displace twice. Went back to hospital and the emergency crew had an awfull time in getting joint replaced. Finally they carried me to surgery room where a surgeon put it back.
I came home and it displaced again. The surgeon that did the first surgery could not understand the problem so he opened the surgery and put in a replacement with a cup with a a cap. After this surgery my sciatic nerves was not workin.
So after 10 years i have had to put up with nerve damage and foot drop with no hope for recovery. My doctor said it was caused basically from emergency room doctors just beating up my sciatic nerves.


  • I also have nerve damage. As like you there nothing more they can do.But instead of trying to put blame on some one.I try to figure out what can be done for me. The only hope I now have is SCS therapy.It wont heal me but It might make my life live able. If that dion't work out for me.I'll keep on looking. I will never let the pain win. I wish you a pain free life

  • Jim...SCS therapy...does it help with the annoying leg pain? I think there's a section on it in pain mgmt I will have to check out.

    I like your attitude! Get angry at the past but look for how you can make life more enjoyable by figuring out how to make things better.

    Thanks for the inspiration.
    I'm far earlier into recovery than Hogan 29 but I can only imagination how frustrating it must be just after 5 months of dealing with this. Your response has given me hope that I have options if my nerve doesn't recover.
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  • I had L5-S1 discectomy almost 2 yrs ago after a nightmarish 3 week ordeal that included 4 vists to the ER, one by ambulance, collapsing outside my neurosurgeon's office and them having to find a wheelchair to get me back to my car, and being unable to sleep for nearly 40 hours due to severe pain until I finally passed out mid-scream.

    If only I knew then what I know now. I had cauda equina. My ordeal ended with good results in my back, but severe nerve damage. I have no feeling from lower back all the way down my leg, under my foot, and 3 dead toes. I had severe nerve pain and my dr. Tried Cymbalta, but I had a bad reaction to it. I just lived with the sharp, stinging, electrical sensations. I had to stop driving because I know if a severe bout of leg pain hits, I'd crash. It's so severe that I can't concentrate on anything else when it happens. Luckily, as time has passed, it's not as frequent. I have a few leg pain episodes on a daily basis now that are severe. The weird thing is touch though. I can't stand if anything touches my leg lightly. I was wearing a short nightgown the other day and my daughter climbed in bed with me and her nightgows fabric brushed up my leg. It sent severe electrical shock sensations and made me scream. Lol! scared my poor girl. I can only stand hard touch on my leg. Nerve damage is so weird.

    I wish I didn't have this problem added to the horrible chronic pain of my arthritis disease too, but it's there and all I can do is try my best to deal with it.
  • Please NO ONE take offensive to what I am going to say. I admit right up front I am probably talking in terns of my own ignorance ( lack of knowledge lol ).
    My sciatic pain was so bad, it was distroying my life.
    When something ( we still don't know specifically what ) happened to make it stop working I was thrilled!
    I have had PT & my crio do therapy that did bring it back & once again the pain was unreal. I made them both stop that therapy.
    So when I read posts such as this I am honestly confused. Why would someone be upset that their sciatic no longer works :??
    I waked with a cane with the sciatic pain & I walk with a cane still but no longer have sciatic pain.

    Hogan & Others - sorry if I hijacked your topic. I have been wondering about this for awhile now and this thread seemed like open door for me to ask.

    Having said that - Hogan I am sorry you where further injured from lack of correct/proper care :(
    L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.
  • was told that if my S1 nerve was truly dead, I was would be in a wheelchair. It is a motor nerve and responsible for walking. If we aren't in a wheelchair with a non-working leg, I suspect the sciatic nerve is still working but severely damaged.

    This is what I had. Very very bad damage. The only thing that saved my life (and gave me a reason to live) was the SCS - Spinal cord Stimulator. Instead of the brain receiving the apparent message that my legs had been run over, it now gets buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz and I feel like a massage chair on the inside.

    SCS is IDEAL for nerve damage and not so great for folks with back or mechanical pain. Nerve driving you crazy? Check out the SCS. I was unable to take any of the "nerve" meds, so I was just stuck. (Lyrica, Neurontin, Cymbalta, etc.)

    My leg used to give out, etc. I still have laterally numb hips to toes as that can't be fixed, but it sure is nice to not have the incessant burning pain 24/7. I still feel it and have my bad days for sure, but the edge is definitely off.

    Take care,

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