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Posted by Gretchen on October 18, 2000 at 14:32:11:

In Reply to: Hi Gretchen! posted by Sue on October 18, 2000 at 13:32:02:

Just wanted to let you know. If your herniation is an extruded fragment - it will NOT get better on its own. Over time you will kill off the nerve and have permanent nerve damage. The way my Dr explained it was over time the nerve would die (kind of like a root canal) and the pain would go away - but I would be left with a flapping foot. When I saw him my ankle reflex was zero and I had diminished knee reflex. And I could no longer stand up on my tip-toes of that leg (my left). Yours might not be an extruded fragment and this wouldn't apply to you. But, if you wait too long you risk PERMANENT nerve damage. I think Francesca has some permanent nerve damage she feels was caused by waiting (if I remember correctly). My Dr says the good days usually correspond with doing less and taking it easy and if you tried right now to do normal things you used to do - you would probably be in a lot of pain. The only reason I added that was you said you've had good days/ bad days going on 10 monthes and if things are going to heal on there own it's usually within 12 weeks. Maybe it's time for a 2nd opinion and time to have someone evaluate your reflexes. If someone pushes on your big toe can you push against their pushing or does your toe just push over. This will also give you a clue to nerve damage. Again, the best of luck to you.

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