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Dr. Mark, Neurologist (MD)
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Experience:  Neurosurgeon - Brain, spine, and peripheral nerve surgery
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I have a double spinal fusion 6 weeks ago and have severe

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I have a double spinal fusion 6 weeks ago and have severe neuropathy in my left foot......The surgeon said the nerve was stretched and therefore inflamed......I am beginning to think the pain is never going to go away......The MRI shows nothing......I had a cortisone injection 3 days ago but no relief......I am wondering if this damage could be permanent?......I am a healthy 59 yr old not overweight and don't smoke.......
JA: Do you keep personal medical records to help track this?
Customer: YES
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: No I work out religiously and am otherwise in good health.....
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Neurology
Expert:  Dr. David replied 6 months ago.

Hello, this is Dr. David. I am reviewing your question now and will be with you momentarily.

Expert:  Dr. David replied 6 months ago.

I am sorry you are having severe neuropathy pain.

only time can tell if your pain will get better or not

did your doctor talk to you about neurontin or lyrica to see if these medications can help with neuropathy pain?

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
I am presently taking lyrica......So far no relief.......My neuropathy seems to worsen at night.......Is the shooting pains I am experiencing the nerves waking up?.....
Expert:  Dr. David replied 6 months ago.

the shooting pain is from pressure on the nerve, inflammation of the nerve, stretching of the nerve.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Is that an indication the nerve is coming alive?......
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
I have been going to physical therapy where they stretch me.......Is that the wrong thing to do?......
Expert:  Dr. David replied 6 months ago.

if you feel pain the nerve is working.

if the nerve was dead, you would be numb and paralyzed from that nerve.

you should be stretching

scar tissue forms after surgery

the best time to stretch scar tissue is after surgery.