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Nerve severed on accident (update) 1 1/2 yrs

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Old 01-25-2010, 11:16 PM   #1
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Nerve severed on accident (update) 1 1/2 yrs


For those not familiar with my story, here it is.

In Sept of this year it will be 2 years since my DPM severed my sural nerve on accident in my foot during a simple surgery to remove hardware he put in that did not work as it was supposed to.

I found a new Dr. (Ortho) that I trust tremendously.

I just had another surgery (#3) to the nerve, trying to relieve the pain. Again, for the 3rd time he found a very large stump neuroma at the end of the nerve.

So now, I have no feeling (real feeling anyway) from basically the back of my knee, all the way to my middle toe, not on the underside though. My sural nerve was removed so it is no longer in there, I have 19 staples going down the back of my calf.

I am scared, to be honest VERY, it has been 2 weeks, I get the splint off in two days, and I feel shooting pains in my bigger toes if I bare any weight at all on my foot accidentally.

I went to Denver (I'm in AZ) to see a Dr. (prior to this surgery) that is a very trusted and renowned for a 2nd opinion to be sure this is what I should do. He said the same things my current Dr. said (he is very good not the one that severed it), basically this is it... There is no more surgeries, if I had to I would probably lose the function of my foot.

I am so scared, I don't know what to do. I don't want the splint off because I am afraid of what will happen, what I will feel. I want time to stop right now so I don't need to know.

Link to original post, still on first page though so not hard to find.

Thanks for listening again,


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Old 01-25-2010, 11:50 PM   #2
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Re: Nerve severed on accident (update) 1 1/2 yrs

I pray for your relief and total healing. I am so sorry that this happened to you. I would be scared too. You trust your doctor, sought a second opinion prior to this surgery, so there is every reason to believe you will get relief. Sending you good luck, positive energy, and optimism for your healing!!!!!

Old 01-26-2010, 05:17 AM   #3
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Re: Nerve severed on accident (update) 1 1/2 yrs

I am also praying for you to have relief from the pain and comfort from your fear. I understand how it feels to go through numerous operations/procedures trying to relieve the pain and fix the problems.

It sounds to me like you have done your homework and found top notch drs. Good for you!

Try not to worry about the sensations you are having now - I know it is easer said than done. However, I know the nerves do get disturbed and moved around during surgery and as they try to return to their normal position and function they send strange signals to the brain. I bet everything is normal post op sensation.

Best of luck! Keep posting!

Old 01-30-2010, 12:20 PM   #4
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Re: Nerve severed on accident (update) 1 1/2 yrs

you probably have already done this, but are seeing a pain management specialist? nerve pain is completely different to bone pain, and requires different drugs etc.

Good luck!

Old 01-30-2010, 01:12 PM   #5
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Re: Nerve severed on accident (update) 1 1/2 yrs

I have had 4 nerve-related surgeries.

The sensations that you are feeling should calm down and go away. After one surgery, I felt exactly what you describe. I remember it as being the most intense and ugly pain I had ever felt in my life. Scary, for sure. Nerves take time to calm down and everyone is different.

Hope to hear some good news from you in the future.

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