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Re: Pinched nerves time line

Re: Pinched nerves time line

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Posted by MLWhitworth, MD on March 13, 2000 at 22:59:16:

In Reply to: Pinched nerves time line posted by Dr Whitworth: Pinched Nerves on March 13, 2000 at 17:50:01:

Because of the risk of permanent motor injury, any time there is a motor dysfunction such as yours it is best to opt for very early surgery. I usually recommend surgery within a week with such a scenerio.
: Dear Dr Whitworth
: What is the time line for a nerve being compressed and destroyed by a herniated disc in the lower back. I have a pinched nerve in the lower back and am wondering if I am done permanent damage to it as it has been three weeks and I know that is not a long time but it concerns me because the first two weeks I was in excruciating pain and now this last week it has lessened but I have some numbness in my foot and foot drop. I cannot walk like I could before I hurt my back. Should I be pushing for an emergency surgery because of the possibility of permanent damage to the nerve. I have a free floating disc fragment which I believe is at the root of the problem. Is there a general time line that surgeons use to reduce the chance ofpermanent nerve damage because I want to return to the sports I love to play and as I can hardly walk as of now this doesnt look to promising. Any help at all and maybe some reassurance that the nerve is not damaged likely at this early of a stage would be appreciated. thank you and God bless.

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