Foot Numbness worsening after 7 months post op

///Foot Numbness worsening after 7 months post op
Foot Numbness worsening after 7 months post op
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  • AvatarTracy
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    Doctor
    Thank you for responding to me again. Can it be possible that the numbness gets worse after 7 months ? I just started to take gabapentin 300 mg 2x a days for the last two weeks. I feel this medication is not working. I hate to say it but when I took Percocet 5 or 10 mg 3x a day I had no numbness. If this numbness doesn’t go away will a pain management doctor give me like 1mg a day. I am at my wits end. I can’t zzz at night and my foot feels numbness and tightness. I really appreciate it. I think my orthopedic dr wanted me to wait a year before an emg was to be done. Thank you for all your help. Sorry to sound desperate.

    AvatarDonald Corenman, MD, DC
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    I think with increasing symptoms in your leg preventing you from sleeping more than 7 months from surgery, another MRI could be indicated.

    Dr. Corenman

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    AvatarTracy
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    Hello Doctor,

    Thank you for responding. My doctor now recommended gabapentin 300mg 1x in morning and 600 mg at nite with 5mg of Percocet with Tylenol. 5mg/3.25. My main issue was not back pain just numbness in foot. I just started to take Percocet again. Prior to surgery which was in February I had numbness developing around I believe late November. First I had severe pain and went to hospital 6 times in 14 days for pain. There they gave me pain injection and Percocet. But was instructed to follow up with my general dr. First I started out with Percocet 5mg milligram 3x a day. But in time I had to take 10mg 3x a day for pain. Once I had xray and MRI it showed I had a 3 inch piece of disc in my spine. It had broken off. When I took the Percocet of course pain and numbness subsided until I had the surgery on February 1. My main issue was at night when I go to bed I could get well rested. My foot felt tight and sometimes I had to sleep with a sock or slipper to help me sleep. I realize that this numbness might not go away. Thank God I don’t have the pain. But at night when I go to sleep it is uncomfortable. During the day I wear slipper around the apartment and I try and walk as much as possible I wear a cushioned sandal. The brand SAS relaxed as I am able to walk and not feel the numbness as much. Do patients have permanent numbness in foot? I guess I would have to live with this symptom but it was becoming difficult at nite to sleep. I have researched what surgeons do if numbness is presented. I assume another surgery spine or foot would be right? I really appreciate all your help and opinions. I have been 7 months post surgery no pain, but numbness. Sometimes if I do extra house work I might feel discomfort but would take Tylenol. Would a MRI show nerve compression in foot? Thank you again for all your help.

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