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paininback posted:
hi everyone,i am new at this but will try anything for answers.8years ago I had back surgery L4L5, I wear a fentanyl patch,and take 40mg of oxycodone aday at night I take 1 flexeril,1ativan,1premarin,and 3 Neurontin.for a couple months I have started suffering with constant sweats and ears ringings also a very bad pain in heel of foot,my doctor says its nerve damage,but why 8 years later.My question is has anyone had this happen to them? I don't know if meds are causing the sweats and ear ringing or is this something else
davedsel2 responded:
Hello and welcome. I am sorry you are in pain and fully understand.

What doctor have you been seeing? The best type of doctor to see for spinal problems is a spinal neurosurgeon or spinal orthopedic surgeon. For pain management, a physiatrist is the best choice as they go deeper and offer a wide variety of treatments.

Please keep us updated and post again with questions or just to vent.

I pray you can find answers and relief soon.
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bj1208 responded:
Hi and welcome to the support group.

In my opinion nerve damage should not appear 8 yrs after spine surgeries.

I have permanent nerve damage in both legs from a disc that splintered where part was pressing on left nerve root (damage more sever on left side) and a part of splintered disc was pressing on right nerve root. My first lumbar surgery was in Feb 2008. I just had another fusion dec 2013 and have problems where my right leg is numb.

I take several heavy narcotics as my pains r worse than before my first surgery.

I also take 3600 mg of Neurontin (gabapentin is generic) a day. This does help with a lot of the pains in my legs.

Since its been 8 yrs since ur spine surgery I would suggest u discuss with ur surgeon to have Xrays done and either MRI or CT Scan (both would be best). This may show more spine issues going on. If u r seeing a pain specialist (PHYSIATRIST Pain Specialist are best) see if they can do an EMG test and Nerve Conduction. test. These test will show nerve damage and also if affecting a certain part of leg (front, back, sides etc) the test may determine which disc(s) may be causing the pains.

Also if ur surgeon says no to tests it may be time to see a new one - either Orthopedic or Neurosurgeon Spine Specialist. Getting a couple different opinions is a good idea.

Hope this helps. Let us know what u find out.
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katellawellnesscenter responded:
Welcome, As you are saying that after 8 year later you have pain in heel of foot but why 8 year later. I think your doctor is correct it may possible that due nerve problem there bad pain in your heel. As far my suggestion is concern you might consult to the specialist as soon as possible.

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