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    Partial leg paralysis
    rockymtn65 posted:
    Hello, I am new to this forum, however, I had a lumbar laminectomy and discectomy done one week ago. I am unable to raise my right heel off the floor from a flat position. I have numbness and weakness also. I only had pain and transient numbness before my surgery. The MD says give it time. I am really concerned. Should I be?
    bj1208 responded:
    Hi Rockymtn65 -

    during spine surgery the nerves can be touched and/or moved slightly and may take time to repair themselves. Sometimes this can take up to 6 months (or longer) for the repair to happen.

    you should start to feel difference after a couple of months. if it gets worse there is a couple of tests that can be done: EMG and NERVE CONDUCTION TEST - these check the nerve impulses showing whether there is any nerve damage or not.

    take it easy and do as the doc says for post op care. the best medicine for recovery is rest, rest, rest and more rest - walking is also good but check with your surgeon to see when you can start to walk.

    keep us posted how you are doing~~
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