How long before nerves are badly damaged?
Every single night my husband can't sleep due to cramping legs, spasms, shooting pains and the worst seems to be numb butt. This has been going on for months. He has a multilevel lumbar fusion scheduled in a few weeks. The real concern is that he had a successful microdiscectomy last July and has gone down hill fast since then. So, essentially, he's had nerve involvement since. At what point can it be permanent?
What really concerns me is that he could have opted for a spinal stimulator first then the fusion later or visa verse. How can the nerves stay compressed that long and then even longer with a stimulator and not suffer permanent damage? Would a stimulator have prolonged the damage or helped the nerves to recover? Or is the actual purpose just to cover the pain?
Anyway, dh didn't even consider it. The neuro was talking about it lasting several years and only needing to go in there to change the battery every few years. With his dx and most importantly an unstable vertebra, we think he's basically been backed into the corner with his only option being the fusion. Especially since it is inevitable. Why put it off and risk further damage, KWIM?
Last edited by kaybee; 04-22-2005 at 08:16 PM.