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Am I doing something wrong, or am I being impatient

Good morning. I had microdisectomy on nov 11, 2017 for burning, tingling, groin pain etc. Sime of my disc was taken off the nerve. I feel no relief at all. I was told by doctor to wait like a month to feel results. I've dealt with this over 10yrs. It only got worse over the years. Did I wait to long for surgery, should I have more patience, and just wait and see? I'm confused. I'd like someone from this type of medical field to answer.  Patients can also comment their advice as well 


  • LizLiz Posts: 9,745
    edited 12/12/2016 - 2:59 AM
    hello lakisha

    there are no medical professionals on this forum side of the site. therefore, no one is capable or permitted to provide any type of medical advice.

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  • hvillshhvills Suzhou, ChinaPosts: 971
    edited 12/12/2016 - 4:11 AM

    Most likely your spinal nerve roots are still inflamed and firing.  Even though your surgeon relieved the pressure on your nerves he cannot "heal/fix" your nerves... only time can do that.  Nerve healing is a SLOW process... sometimes taking several months.  Be patient I'm sure in time your nerves will calm down...  In my case it took 4 months post-op before my spinal nerves stopped firing.   If you have doubts call... or go see your doctor.
    Harry - 65 year old male...
    PLIF L4-L5-S1 due to disc degeneration... May 23, 2013
    PLIF L5-S1 due to failed fusion and broken screw... Jan 19, 2015
    Microdiscectomy, decompression L3-L4 due to herniated disc... Jan 19, 2015
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  • MarWinMarWin OhioPosts: 700
    Although I've never had any surgery for relief of sciatica symptoms I did take a more natural approach that worked for me. I suffered over two years with the onslaught of symptoms, most notably pain. It took me about 4 months to get completely symptom free. I do agree with that thought of "it takes time for the nerves to heal" once the pressure has been removed. 
  • itsautonomicitsautonomic LouisianaPosts: 2,561
    I can't remember right off hand but the time per centimeter of nerve healing is astoundingly slow once damage happens.
    Do your due dilegence, trust you know your body and question everything if it does not fit. Advocate for yourself and you will be suprised what will be revealed trusting your body and instinct.
  • tjlazerttjlazer TacomaPosts: 44
    Expect 12-24 months for any improvements.  As long as the surgery was successful and no new injury or compression to the nerve.  Try to be understanding and patient as the nerves had been compressed in your case for 10 years.  There is also a high degree if probability that there will be some permanent nerve damage, but the human body is amazing and can heal!
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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,527
    lakisha123,   as Liz commented, we do not have any medical professionals on this site.   So remember everything you read is based on members personal experiences or from detailed medical articles on this site.

    Nerve damage can take a very long time to heal.   For many, there really isnt a simple timetable..   My most recent lumbar surgery (laminectomy for spinal stenosis) was done 3/21/16.  Because of the amount of damaged compressed nerves, I was told and expected to have nerve pain until at least mid 2017 or further away.

    In one of my earlier lumbar situations, I waited too long after a disc was impinging a nerve root to have surgery.  As a result, I have some permanently damaged nerves in my right leg from my knee.  Plus a have a partial drop foot because of some additional permanently damaged nerves.   But that was my fault for waiting too long to have surgery.

    Its a matter of waiting it out.  I am not aware of anything that can be done to speed up nerve recovery like there is with other post surgical actions.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • tjlazerttjlazer TacomaPosts: 44
    How long did you wait on the nerve root compression before you had surgery?
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,527
    I waited about 9 months trying other things before having the surgery
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
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