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  • correll
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    i am 26 years old… 6 years ago i had herniation surgery and it helped so much but i just recently had back surgery on three ruptured discs, im question is this, its been almost two weeks and the pain in my back is starting to ease but soon as i woke up from surgery my right leg and foot have been numb like its fallen asleep, my doc said that once the swelling decreased that the feeling will decrease as well…. i didn’t have this feeling before surgery and im worried that it wont go away… is there anything i can do to help this? massage? heat? anything? and if it never goes away what can be done? how many cases do you know of that have had good results and bad? any advice or comments on this would be so helpful

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    I first must ask what your symptoms were prior to back surgery? Two basic questions. Did you have back pain or leg pain (which includes buttocks pain)? Second, did the pain become worse with sitting or with standing?

    You have new right leg numbness that was not there prior to surgery. This is uncommon but if the surgeon had to do signficant manipulation of the nerve root during surgery, the numbness can occur. It normally takes between 6 weeks and 6 months for the numbness to abate. I will assume you have no new onset of motor weakness. You can test this by lifting up your left leg, holding onto a counter only for balance and performing ten heel raises, ten toe raises and ten one legged squats. Your right leg should be just as strong as your left leg is.

    Dr. Corenman

    PLEASE REMEMBER, THIS FORUM IS MEANT TO PROVIDE GENERAL INFORMATION ON SPINE ANATOMY, CONDITIONS AND TREATMENTS. TO GET AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS, YOU MUST VISIT A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL IN PERSON.
     
    Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.
    correll
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    I did have pain in my right bottock which rain down the back of my leg to the middle of my theigh….. it was worse when bending or stretchin out my leg… when I went into the er two days before surgery I could barely walk due to the pain… my motorskills havnt been effected… my right foot and ankle are numb and when touched its like needles just as if it had fallen asleep… I’m prayin it will get better I can walk its not very comfortable but if this doesn’t go away it is something I could learn to live with, just have to wait till doc releases me to see if I can drive with the numbness

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    Ask your surgeon if you are a candidate for an oral steriod or an injection of an epidural steroid. Occasionally, use of a steriod reduces swelling around the nerve root and reduces these symptoms.

    Dr. Corenman

    PLEASE REMEMBER, THIS FORUM IS MEANT TO PROVIDE GENERAL INFORMATION ON SPINE ANATOMY, CONDITIONS AND TREATMENTS. TO GET AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS, YOU MUST VISIT A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL IN PERSON.
     
    Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.
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