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Old 04-30-2005, 04:02 AM   #1
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Help Me!!! I Can Barely Walk !!!!!

I Need Someones HELP ! My Right LEG and LOWER Back has so much PAIN in them in the MORNING when I get up Out of bed I can barely stand and walk. I've been using a walker lately to walk. Can nerve pain cripple you up like this?? I have many bulges in my spine. I think my nerve pain has gone on for so long it has spasmed my leg out! Once I am up for awhile and use ice and medicine my leg loosens up. But the nerve pain is always there. I hope someone out there can help me. I appreciate any input you all might have!! THANK YOU

 
Old 04-30-2005, 05:32 AM   #2
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Re: Help Me!!! I Can Barely Walk !!!!!

Yes nerve pain can cause this mine went on so long undetected it is now permanant, have you had a EMG done to test the nerves?Linda

 
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Old 04-30-2005, 06:34 AM   #3
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Re: Help Me!!! I Can Barely Walk !!!!!

I had a EMG the other day and thank goodness it showed no permanet damage. But I know that something is on that nerve! The pain is so bad I have never had pain like this in my leg. It's like when I lay down to rest my leg gets so spasmed and tight. It just started doing it about 3 weeks ago. But I've had the nerve pain down my leg for almost 2 yrs. I'm really scared about this horrible pain in my leg when I get up from lying down!!?? Any help you can give me - I THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart!! I'm desperate for any input you may have!! Thanks to all!

 
Old 04-30-2005, 06:50 AM   #4
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Dear C. C.
Nerve pain is horrible. Try to keep moving, even a bit. Things get ever so much worse if you do not move at all. What kind of answers does your doctor give you? What treatment does he/she plan? Mary

 
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Old 04-30-2005, 10:50 AM   #6
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Aw, I commisserate. I have the same debilitating pain especially first thing of the morning. Some days, like today, the pain doesn't even go away with the vicodin. I hope you find some answers and relief soon. bighugs.

 
Old 05-04-2005, 04:09 AM   #7
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I found that sometimes you can get some relief if you place a thin folded towel lengthwise under your sheet at about waist height, I usually just put it around my waist, it helps to keep your back straight when your sleeping, which then takes some pressure off the impinging nerves. I sleep on my side and this has been a life saver for me, just have to find out works best for you.

I also have stenosis. You mentioned you took medicine, but didn't say what kind, when I was in the hospital the nurse told me that taking ibprofen, motrin etc. will take down some of the swelling and inflamation, but that vicoden etc. did not reduce the swelling and inflamation but masked the pain.

I also found that if I use Dr Scholls hand massager which has a big pad that conforms to your leg and knee, that it helps to reduce some of the pain. I use it about every three days. I think and this is just speculation on my part, that the vibration helps increase cell activity which gets more circulation to the affected part and aids in the relief. I found that if I did it every day it worked in reverse sort of like exercise, you have to have a day or two in between to rest the muscles,

I've also found that finding where your pressure points are, will reduce alot of stress to the muscles. Hope this can be of some help to you, Bell.

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Old 05-04-2005, 09:34 AM   #8
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Re: Help Me!!! I Can Barely Walk !!!!!

Please see a spine specialist ASAP.

I agree with the other poster. I too had this happen and I got foot drop (had horrible stabbing leg pain and then couldn't lift toes or foot) and then had to have surgery to remove the fragment from the nerve. I could then lift my foot again, but I have horrible leg and foot and toe pain 10 mons post op, and my foot is still weak, all because I waited so long to have the surgery.

I can walk again, but painfully and with a limp, sometimes I still drag that foot.

I couldn't walk prior to surgery.

My nerve was damaged and I have a 3 year recovery with good hopes of someday recovering the use of my foot and leg. But it is a 3 year recovery!!!!! Not 2 months. Not 10 months. 3 years because of the nerve damage!!! You do not want that! It is a PAINFUL recovery, with stabbing pain as that nerve regenerates.

The longer you wait, the worse the pain will get, the more complications can result from the compressed nerve (like foot drop), and the longer your recovery will be when you do have surgery, if you even recover, because the longer you wait, the more damage occurs and the less chance of recovery. Okay? this is serious. I'm furious my doctor let mine go as long as it did.

If you have any weakness in that leg or foot especially, it is an emergency.

Numbness and then achey pain in the leg for months were a precursor to stabbing leg pain and then leg and foot weakness for me, and I believe had I had surgery at the point where I had the ache and not the stabbing, or even when I had the stabbing but not the foot weakenss, and not waited for full on foot weakness, I would be fine now, or close to 100%.

But I waited for the weakness to hit, because the doctor said as long as I could lift my toes it was okay, and that was a mistake. Once I couldn't lift my toes, it was an emergency requiring surgery to remove the fragment off the nerve. I was NOT informed of this risk by my doctor and should have been. They should not wait til you develop foot drop. Foot drop can be permanent.

I'm ranting, but this is serious. Please take this pain seriously. SEE A SPECIALIST!!! Don't wind up like me. When you have to use crutches to walk for a back problem, you are in extreme need for help.

Blessings.

 
Old 05-04-2005, 09:35 AM   #9
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How long before the nerve gets permanently damaged? Mine has been severely pinched for two weeks now. I go to see the surgeon Thursday. How long do I have to decide on surgery?

 
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Old 05-04-2005, 01:24 PM   #11
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I would think that the ESI injections at this point for me would be useless since it's severe nerve compression. I am losing strength in my left calf and foot. You would think I would have severe pain to go along with that but I think the nerve is compressed so severely that it's just cut off and causing numbness instead of pain. I also heard that the surgeon I am going to is one of the best in the business. He does this new procedure that is minimally invasive and they do not make an incision with a knife. It's a fluoroscopy microdiscectomy. That is what I heard anyway i'll talk to him tomorrow and see if I qualify for that procedure.

 
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