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Old 08-30-2010, 08:45 PM   #1
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Reherniation? More numbness, no pain

In mid Apr 2010 I had a 9-mm herniation at R L5-S1 resulting in Wallerian degeneration. Underwent microdiskectomy. Afterward, numbness in posterior thigh and the Achilles tendon distribution, no pushoff in ankle, numbness in toes 4-5. Notwithstanding limping, I was getting along okay, then lifted about 40 lb from waist-level to waist-level and to the ground. 2 days later, I have spreading numbness in my achilles, bottom of foot. No pain. But less than a week after the serious pain started in April, it suddenly faded owing to necrosis of the nerve.

The question: Might I have pain-free reherniation due to the "dead" nerve?

 
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Old 08-31-2010, 12:15 PM   #2
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Re: Reherniation? More numbness, no pain

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In mid Apr 2010 I had a 9-mm herniation at R L5-S1 resulting in Wallerian degeneration. Underwent microdiskectomy. Afterward, numbness in posterior thigh and the Achilles tendon distribution, no pushoff in ankle, numbness in toes 4-5. Notwithstanding limping, I was getting along okay, then lifted about 40 lb from waist-level to waist-level and to the ground. 2 days later, I have spreading numbness in my achilles, bottom of foot. No pain. But less than a week after the serious pain started in April, it suddenly faded owing to necrosis of the nerve.

The question: Might I have pain-free reherniation due to the "dead" nerve?
>>>>>> Truthfully, I would imagine that is possible; however, if you have a dead nerve, you should also have loss of movement in a leg, foot, toe, or elsewhere, and loss of sensation, particularly if this is at the L5-S1. Since I have never heard of this, I hesitate to say much of anything other than you need to get ahold of your surgeon ASAP!

I am not exaggerating when I tell you that what you describe calls for immediate attention before too much damage takes place. Please call your doctor today!

Carol

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