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12 weeks post op Nerve Conduction

I am now nearly 12 weeks post L4 L5 fusion. I have written before but to update I have been left with pain from bum through back of leg to foot and toes. I am having nerve conduction studies next week, but I am not entirely sure what information will come from this. There seems to be damage at S1 nerve root I did not have the pain pre operatively, will this test give me an idea if this damage is long term or even permanent

Thanks everyone


  • Jacks: all the best for the study.

    Have you searched this site using EMG? There are articles and discussions about what they are like and what the results mean.

    The main thing to get out of it is, whether it is progressive (ongoing) nerve damage. If it is, then there maybe a risk of permanent damage unless further action is taken.

    If you haven't already, search this site for 'failed back surgery' for more info.

    Take care.
  • My nerve conduction studies have comeback as abnormal, I see the Consultant tomorrow. The Comments say There is clear difference the compound muscle potential amplitude for the right tibial nerve over abductor hallucis brevis versus that on the left, being far greater on the left than the right. In addition the sural nerve sensory potential on the right is much lower in amplitude that that on the left.
    The electrophysical findings would suggest that there is some post ganglion involvement of the S1 nerve root pathway.
    l am not sure where this leaves me as I dont understand it - but hope to find out tomorrow as life with a numb painful leg is really getting me down.
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  • DaveFusionDDaveFusion Posts: 476
    edited 03/01/2013 - 8:40 PM
    Jackie: hi, how did the dr consult go?

    Take care.
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