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Lingering numbness following nerve root injections

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  • Posted By: tsmommary
  • March 23, 2009
  • 03:02 PM

Last Monday (March 16, 2009), I underwent what was supposed to be a simple outpatient procedure in which I was to receive nerve root injections to help with pain in my right shoulder associated with a buldging disc and pain in my right leg due to bursitis. I went in early that morning and was in recovery by 11:30 a.m. As I came to following the procedure (I was put under anesthesia), I noticed that I could not pick up my arms and I could only move my hands and fingers and I had absolutely no feeling in my right foot at all. The nurse explained to me that the paralysis was normal and that I would be regaining the feeling and ability to move within the next hour or so. As time passed and I realized that the numbness and paralysis was NOT improving, the nurse changed the time frame on me to 6 to 18 hours! I, of course, start freaking out a bit. While I could squeeze the nurse's hand, I could not lift my arms and could only move my hands around. With my right foot, it was as if it was not even there. I could not press down on the nurse's hands, wiggle my toes, nothing. As the hours passed and we realized i was not going to regain feeling any time soon, I was admitted into the hospital. I was unable to go to the bathroom without two people helping me in and out of a wheelchair. Someone had to feed me. Someone had to hold the phone to my ear so I could talk to my husband who was away at work. Finally, around midnight, I awoke to find I could lift my arms. The following morning around 9:00 a.m. or so, I was able to move my toes and by the time I left the hospital at 1:30 that afternoon, I was able to walk on my own with the assistance of a cane. I had a horrible limp and my foot was still partially numb, but it was in much better condition than before. Now it has been a week and I am still experiencing numbness and tingling in my right big toe and foot. It feels as if my foot had went to sleep and was just getting the feeling back to it. Also, on occasion, the whole bottom of my foot goes numb and the numbness will creep up my leg (in the same place it was numb the day of the surgery). And, while not totally incapacitating me, it is uncomfortable, frustrating and sometimes painful. I called the doc who performed the procedure this morning and he says I am suffering from mild neuritis. I am supposed to see him tomorrow. What I want to know is this: Has anyone else out there experienced anything similar? If so, how long can I expect this numbness and pain to last? Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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