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Nerves healing?

So I have a L5/S1 extrusion which apparently is pretty big. Over the past few weeks, I think it has been stabilized with steroids. Now I only have numbness in 3 toes and some mild sensation changes ont he out right side of my calf.

I was started on Neurontin to "protect my nerves" and have done well with it for the last few weeks.

Last night I noted that at the tips of my toes my sensation is now "normal" (though not for the whole toe) and that my right side of my calf is occasionally very itchy.

Has any had that itchy sensation before? Ik now when I've had other surgery in the past the wound would itch while it healed....so I guess I'm deluding myself that some of the nerve damage is trying to heal....
Am I crazy? Or is it all the medication talking?


  • Neurontin doesn't protect your nerves. What it does is changes the way your brain interprets the pain signal from that damaged nerve. So, yes, you are going to feel "different pain" thats how you know its working. With a high enough dose (its different for everyone) you could see most/some of your nerve pain symptoms disappear. If your disk is still press on that nerve your nerve isn't healing.
  • I wondered exactly what she meant by "protect your nerves" It definitely has helped me function the past few weeks. Hopefuly the disk is starting the heal itself as the neurosurgeon expects it will. Clearly I still have some symptoms when I sit or stand...but so far they have been reduced, so we shall see over the next few weeks if I can regain some of that sensation. At least I have not lost too much function.
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