sciatic nerve damage

philsgirl Community Member April 03, 2007
  • Hi. I am 57. female. Married with 6 grown kids. I had a hip replacement in Oct of 2005. I have foot drop and sciatic nerve damage. I am a nurse. I lost my job. I still can't drive my car. i have pain and burning feeling in my rt foot. My skin feels numb to touch.My foot feels numb. I have shooting pain in my toes and foot.this occurs numerous times during the day. I also have swelling. The neuro doc says it is permanent. the surgion Says he can't do anything else for me. I had to go on s.s. disability. I have to rely on my kids to take me places. I feel like I lost all my independance.The neuro doc says call him for meds when needed.He said to keep walking. I don't have to see him again either except for an emergency.Hope to hear from others with this problem BEV
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  • Anonymous
    Cindy
    Mar. 22, 2014
    I also had micro surgery on a herniated 9 cc disc right after surgery my right foot felt like a rock. Now my right calf is numb and the right foot feels like rubber bands and numbness that doesn't go away. Also when I have a bowel movement I have tremendous pain in my right foot burning also. Does anyone have these symptoms after aback surgery L5 s1
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      Christy
      May. 03, 2014
      I have had 3 surgeries for ruptured discs. My 1st surgery was in 2012 and was an emergency, woke up one day in terrible pain, couldn't move, walk etc. I was a triathlete and had no symptoms before rupture. My insurance really copped a fit because I hadn't had any sort of accident or injury that precipitated the rupture so they didn't believe the Physicians....
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      I have had 3 surgeries for ruptured discs. My 1st surgery was in 2012 and was an emergency, woke up one day in terrible pain, couldn't move, walk etc. I was a triathlete and had no symptoms before rupture. My insurance really copped a fit because I hadn't had any sort of accident or injury that precipitated the rupture so they didn't believe the Physicians. They wanted me to try conservative measures before surgery, I was in the hospital on a pain pump when all this was going on with the insurance. Well it took a couple of days to get the insurance to say yes, even after the surgeons called the insurance company. It took my husband threatening to sue them for them to say yes. Anyway, I had another surgery 10 days later due to falling in the hospital which ended up rupturing another disc. It took about another 10 months and I had a fusion on L5-S1. I have never gained feeling to my left foot and back of the left leg. I get cramping at night to the back of that left leg also. It has been a year since my fusion and my Surgeon doesn't believe I will get any better with that leg numbness and pain. I will forever be on Tramadol and Gabapentin 3x daily. It helps keep the pain manageable. I have started running and biking again and my back doesn't hurt, unfortunately that stupid left leg is crazy to run on. I want to stay active so I push through it. All I can say is get on some manageable meds, tramadol is not a narcotic and you can work while using them as well as Gabapentin. I know my life has forever changed as well as anyone else's who has had to go through the same nightmare. If you sit and moan about the why me part you will surely get depressed and have more problems. I didn't think I would ever have a life, but it is getting better even with a bum leg. Good-luck.
  • Anonymous
    scared
    Jan. 14, 2014

    I had a Microdiscectomy on 10/16/13 d/t MVA, 2 weeks before surgery I had an epidural inj. in the sciatic nerve, I had no pain in the sciatic until after the inj. that was by guided needed under floro. now I can't walk normal I have numbness down the back of my calf with a squeezing in the middle and pins and needles in my left foot, i'm a runner and very active...

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    I had a Microdiscectomy on 10/16/13 d/t MVA, 2 weeks before surgery I had an epidural inj. in the sciatic nerve, I had no pain in the sciatic until after the inj. that was by guided needed under floro. now I can't walk normal I have numbness down the back of my calf with a squeezing in the middle and pins and needles in my left foot, i'm a runner and very active this is changing my life at 48 and sending me into a depression that I may never be normal again.  Doctor said because I had such a large piece of disc impinged on the nerve it could take a while for these symptoms to disappear, only he did the surgery and removed the disc and it is fantastic, but I think the sciatic nerve is from the inj.

    • Anonymous
      Sunshine in texas
      Feb. 09, 2014
      Well I had been having back pain for many years. I finally had back surgery in 2013, it's now a year and a month still have pain back surgery wasn't successful need additional back surgery and I have a bad right hip whih docs say I must wait until it's fully arthritic. I'm 46 years old. Both my shoulders I have rotator cuff tear which I have all over pain 24/7....
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      Well I had been having back pain for many years. I finally had back surgery in 2013, it's now a year and a month still have pain back surgery wasn't successful need additional back surgery and I have a bad right hip whih docs say I must wait until it's fully arthritic. I'm 46 years old. Both my shoulders I have rotator cuff tear which I have all over pain 24/7. But immediately waking up from surgery my right side was completely numb and heavy. It's now mostly my foot which I have no feeling but the sensation and heaviness runs up to my knee and I have a lot of pain and feels like needles stabbing. My toes feel as though here going to fall off. I'm also a diabetic which does help because they're giving me injections to back,hip, shoulders and right knee. I'm a mess but I refuse quitting my job or going on disability. I'm scared becauE his has changed my life completely and I've come to terms I'm never going to be able to do te things I did with my family and my kids. I also have to take care of my elderly parents. Do these symptoms ever go away???
  • Bjean117
    Sep. 05, 2012

    From on Bev to another,

    After reading your story I could relate to everything you said. It sounded like my story to a tee.  I to have an artifical hip and back in Jan. 1984 I had a new cap put on my hip, it was then by a Dr.'s mistake that they cut my sciatic nerve in half. They tried to sew it back together but it only came back as far as to my knee. ...

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    From on Bev to another,

    After reading your story I could relate to everything you said. It sounded like my story to a tee.  I to have an artifical hip and back in Jan. 1984 I had a new cap put on my hip, it was then by a Dr.'s mistake that they cut my sciatic nerve in half. They tried to sew it back together but it only came back as far as to my knee.  From the knee down I have no use of my leg or foot at all.  I have to wear a brace to walk because the foot drop is so bad and with having no feeling to touch or use of my foot I can not walk because my toes would turn under and I cannot even wear a shoe.  The swelling in my foot is beyond swelling...The pain I have in my foot is there 24 seven. Sometimes I think I would be better of with out the foot.  This happened to me when I was in my 30's and I am now 68 years old. Every Dr. I have seen have told me there is nothing more that can be done...so this is what I live with each and everyday of my life.  I take no pain pills for this but they started me on nerutoian, 1800ml a day.  I have been on that now for about 7 years.  It helps some but not much.  I would do anything to have a Dr. tell me there is hope but so far that hope has never came.  I wish you all of the best, and if it is any comfort for you, don't feel alone....I am with you.

    Take Care,

    Bev....Bjean117@aol.com

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Oct. 15, 2008

    i am a 31 y/o man from scotland.i was in a bad car accident 7 yrs ago,in which i severed my sciatic nerve also my main artery.i too have dropfoot and wear a leg splint that holds my r/foot at a 90 angle.my foot and shin are paralised,with no feeling even to touch.

     i was told by my doctor not to expect any improvements.that was 7 yrs ago and i still get...

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    i am a 31 y/o man from scotland.i was in a bad car accident 7 yrs ago,in which i severed my sciatic nerve also my main artery.i too have dropfoot and wear a leg splint that holds my r/foot at a 90 angle.my foot and shin are paralised,with no feeling even to touch.

     i was told by my doctor not to expect any improvements.that was 7 yrs ago and i still get a burning sensation on my toes.

    • Dr Alex Wells
      Aug. 18, 2011
      I am sorry to hear that so many of you all in daily pain. The only advice I have is to go and see T.B.Joshua at the Synagoue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) in Nigeria or at one of his ministries in London, Athens and Cape Town. Pray to God with faith and everything is possible God Bless you all.
  • Carolyn
    Sep. 12, 2008

    I have lived with constant nerve pain in my lower leg/ankle/foot since my sciatic nerve was damaged in my spine. The spine fusion/lamenectomy surgery did give me some relief and did bring back feeling in my leg and foot, but the awful nerve pain that has remained is almost unbearable some days. It has made it hard to walk and sleep, and since prescription pain...

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    I have lived with constant nerve pain in my lower leg/ankle/foot since my sciatic nerve was damaged in my spine. The spine fusion/lamenectomy surgery did give me some relief and did bring back feeling in my leg and foot, but the awful nerve pain that has remained is almost unbearable some days. It has made it hard to walk and sleep, and since prescription pain meds make me sick, there are not a lot of options. I am considering going to a pain clinic, and just today I applied some DMSO to the area to see if that might lower the pain level. The pain level did lower, but I don't know if it is coincidence, or if it really helped. I will try it again tonight and all weekend, and that should tell me if it is really helping. I really need some relief from the constant pain.

    • Mary Mulka
      Sep. 13, 2010

      Dear Carolyn,

       

      I had back surgery for a herniated disk in my lower back about 6 years ago.  After the surgery, my pain and numbness in my left leg and foot had gotten worse.  My surgeon told me that I had waited to long for surgery and now have permanent sciatica nerve damage.

       

      To relieve the pain I found that walking, go easy at first,...

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      Dear Carolyn,

       

      I had back surgery for a herniated disk in my lower back about 6 years ago.  After the surgery, my pain and numbness in my left leg and foot had gotten worse.  My surgeon told me that I had waited to long for surgery and now have permanent sciatica nerve damage.

       

      To relieve the pain I found that walking, go easy at first, has helped with my back pain flairups.

       

      Also I take Neurontin 2x a day for the last five years.  I also took samples of Lyrica which seemed to give me better relief than Neurontin, but my insurance wouldn't cover the Lyrica prescriptions.  I'm thinking about going on Lyrica with my new health insurance to see if it's covered.  If not, I will pay for myself.  If this give me better relief, then go for it.

       

      Also Icy Hot Pads and Roll-ons give me lots of pain relief.

       

      Other meds that I take from time to time for relief are muscle relaxers at bedtime and Ibuprofen seems to lessen the discomfort.

       

      I also had injections which didn't seem to help me very much.

       

      Good luck,

      Mary

  • LadyLeo0806
    Jul. 02, 2008

    Hi all Im writing because I have a friend that was shot in his groin. Since then he has been told that he has sciatic nerve damage. He says he can barely move his leg and is constantly in pain. He lost his job and doesnt have the money to cover medical bills or the cost of medications. The neurologist in Miami wont even see him because he doesnt have to money...

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    Hi all Im writing because I have a friend that was shot in his groin. Since then he has been told that he has sciatic nerve damage. He says he can barely move his leg and is constantly in pain. He lost his job and doesnt have the money to cover medical bills or the cost of medications. The neurologist in Miami wont even see him because he doesnt have to money to pay for the visit up front which is $600. He is suffering from depression because of his injury and on top of that has been denied for disability. I try talking to him but Im not exactly sure what to say to him. Can anyone give me any advice to give to him because I hate calling him because he is always down. Please help me. Toya.

  • Anonymous
    valarie mcbride
    Jun. 05, 2008

    I had a DNC in feb.2008.The nurse tried to put an iv in,insted she stabbed me.Since then my fingers tingle,my thumb aches,my forearm has a burning pain, and my hand and arm fall asleep at night.i tried to do the test for nerve damage but it hurt so bad I couldn't do it. Is there any other test. 

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Jun. 16, 2008

      Hi I understand the pain,foot drop,back pain,numbness must I go on. I have work related injury, since 2003, the only change I have is less swelling. I wear a brace, use a cane,walker and wheel chair sometimes I'm bitter because I miss doing things with my husband and children, I feel like I lost my indenpendence. Yes I am thankful to be alive.

  • Anonymous
    yvonne
    May. 14, 2008

    Hi - I am 57 years of age and I had a hip replacement 13 years ago, and suffered sciatic nerve damage and foot drop.  I persevered with an AFO in my "Doc Martens" for 4 years, then decided to be proactive.  I had surgery on my foot to move tendons from my lower leg and outer side of my ankle to the inside of same. which lifted my foot up and...

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    Hi - I am 57 years of age and I had a hip replacement 13 years ago, and suffered sciatic nerve damage and foot drop.  I persevered with an AFO in my "Doc Martens" for 4 years, then decided to be proactive.  I had surgery on my foot to move tendons from my lower leg and outer side of my ankle to the inside of same. which lifted my foot up and pulled it in.  After lots of physio I was then able to wear closed in shoes, and walk fairly normally.  "A miracle".  Now 8 years on I have had the cup of my original hip replacement replaced, I go to the gym nearly every day, I participate in water aerobics, and  walk unaided 2-3kms per day with our dog.  The nerve pain is still a constant problem, but please I urge all with foot drop to consider the tendon transfer surgery, and get a part of your life back..It makes coping with the nerve pain a whole lot easier.  

     

    • Anonymous
      Celia Mestre
      Aug. 30, 2008

      Dear Ivonne,

       

      My name is Celia. I am suffering from sciatic nerve damage and foot drop as a result of total hip replacement almost two years ago.  I am very interested in information about tendon transfer to correct this foot drop condition.  I see that your tendon transfer was successul. Could you tell me who did the tendon transfer operation? ...

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      Dear Ivonne,

       

      My name is Celia. I am suffering from sciatic nerve damage and foot drop as a result of total hip replacement almost two years ago.  I am very interested in information about tendon transfer to correct this foot drop condition.  I see that your tendon transfer was successul. Could you tell me who did the tendon transfer operation?  I appreciate this information very much.  Yours truly, Celia.

    • squenault
      Sep. 07, 2008

      Hi, I hope you are still actively involved with this site and that, therefore, you will get this message.  My dad just had THR surgery 3 weeks ago and is now suffering from no feeling or movement below his ankle on the side of the surgery.  Pre op, he was active like you are now, walking 7 miles a day 7 days a week in a local mall, garage sale hopping,...

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      Hi, I hope you are still actively involved with this site and that, therefore, you will get this message.  My dad just had THR surgery 3 weeks ago and is now suffering from no feeling or movement below his ankle on the side of the surgery.  Pre op, he was active like you are now, walking 7 miles a day 7 days a week in a local mall, garage sale hopping, working outside, constantly going up and down his three story house.  Now he has been reduced to a bed bound patient and is going crazy.  The docs told him his nerve damage is not permanent, but after reading all the posts on this site, I am worried that it is.  I would love to be able to put you in touch with him so you and he can talk.  He is really depressed now, and he is usually upbeat and happy all the time.  He & my stepmother are also world travellers and are always going on cruises and trips abroad.  I feel that early intervention and a proactive approach are paramount to as complete as possible of a recovery from this disability he has been afflicted with.  So, if you would be interested in sharing your wonderful attitude with my dad, I would be most appreciative!  You can get in touch with me at lawnut@optonline.net, and my father's email (which he probably won't be checking for at least a week) is pmquenault@aol.com.  Thanks in advance.  Shelley

  • Anonymous
    Lisa
    Mar. 26, 2008

    Hi I am 40 and was in an auto accident 10 months ago and have had 4 shots to my sciatic nerve with no relief at all.  I can't sit more than an hour or so and the car rides are few and far between.  They are talking about killing the nerve and I don't know how this will effect me.   HELP if anyone has more knowledge.

     

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    Hi I am 40 and was in an auto accident 10 months ago and have had 4 shots to my sciatic nerve with no relief at all.  I can't sit more than an hour or so and the car rides are few and far between.  They are talking about killing the nerve and I don't know how this will effect me.   HELP if anyone has more knowledge.

     

    brokenarrowcoach@yahoo.com

     

  • Anonymous
    Andy
    Mar. 20, 2008

    Hiya. Yeh i feel like a burden as well, i have an understanding wife, and she is always there for me, i don't know what i would do without her, my children are all grown now, and what's sad is i have nver been able to play with them, or take them for a game of football. because of this, i have now developed Bipolar Disorder, very bad depresion, and...

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    Hiya. Yeh i feel like a burden as well, i have an understanding wife, and she is always there for me, i don't know what i would do without her, my children are all grown now, and what's sad is i have nver been able to play with them, or take them for a game of football. because of this, i have now developed Bipolar Disorder, very bad depresion, and i can flip at the drop of an hat. doctors don't seem to realise the pain we go through, i have friends who are in wheelchairs who can't walk at all, and they have no pain, coz of no feeling, we can hardly get around at all, and we are stuck with the pain, with no releaf. take care, and hope you manage to get through life, as happy as you can be.

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    Andy Sayers
    Mar. 19, 2008
    Hi All. I'm Andy, and i am 51, i dameged my back when i was 26, i used to be a landscape gardener, till i tried to move a large peice of rockery, my left arm and leg went totally numb, then the burning started, and then the pain, i had torn the ligaments out of my shoulder, which could not be repaired, and i also damaged the sciatic nerve. No tablets take...
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    Hi All. I'm Andy, and i am 51, i dameged my back when i was 26, i used to be a landscape gardener, till i tried to move a large peice of rockery, my left arm and leg went totally numb, then the burning started, and then the pain, i had torn the ligaments out of my shoulder, which could not be repaired, and i also damaged the sciatic nerve. No tablets take away the pain, it's just something you have to learn to live with, i am in a wheelchair most of the time, and i use one of those 4 wheel scooters to get around on. I also have an automatic car, but it's not used that often, because it's to painfull to drive. I have been on disabillity for years, and it looks like i will be on it for the rest of my years.
    • philsgirl
      Mar. 19, 2008
       Hi. I know how you feel. Was a nurse for over 10 years. Loved being a nurse. Can't drive now. Still on the meds. Am now on requip for restlessness in my foot. It really does not help. Only makes me sleepy. I was told that this is permanent. I try to fill my days but still get depressed at times. My family says they understand but I feel like I am...
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       Hi. I know how you feel. Was a nurse for over 10 years. Loved being a nurse. Can't drive now. Still on the meds. Am now on requip for restlessness in my foot. It really does not help. Only makes me sleepy. I was told that this is permanent. I try to fill my days but still get depressed at times. My family says they understand but I feel like I am burdining them. It's hard going from being so active to disabled. I should be greatfull because there are alot of people out there with much more things wrong with them than me. BEV
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      Lisa
      Mar. 26, 2008

      Hi I am 40 and was in an auto accident 10 months ago and have had 4 shots to my sciatic nerve with no relief at all. I can't sit more than an hour or so and the car rides are few and far between. They are talking about killing the nerve and I don't know how this will effect me. HELP if anyone has more knowledge.

       

      brokenarrowcoach@yahoo.com

    • Anonymous
      varvara
      Jul. 11, 2009

      Hi, I so sorry.Nurse have a knowleges and can not avoid pain. But I thought may be I so silly that i hade surgury and pain  I have damege sciatic after surgury and foot drop and pain. Surgeon tald me befor surgery no pain after surgury, if i will not do surgury you can have chronik pain . NowI after surgury and have pain and voriy may be after surgury...

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      Hi, I so sorry.Nurse have a knowleges and can not avoid pain. But I thought may be I so silly that i hade surgury and pain  I have damege sciatic after surgury and foot drop and pain. Surgeon tald me befor surgery no pain after surgury, if i will not do surgury you can have chronik pain . NowI after surgury and have pain and voriy may be after surgury will have. Please if you know somthink sugest about pain and foot drop tall. Thank you.

  • Anonymous
    Nick
    Mar. 08, 2008
    hi there, i know what you are going through. i suffered from a gunshot, that happened to hit my sciatic nerve.  This happened two years ago and I am still in pain and I still have to wear a brace to walk. It took me a year to get off crutches.  Doctors told me the same thing, that there was nothing they could do for me except for pain meds. ...
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    hi there, i know what you are going through. i suffered from a gunshot, that happened to hit my sciatic nerve.  This happened two years ago and I am still in pain and I still have to wear a brace to walk. It took me a year to get off crutches.  Doctors told me the same thing, that there was nothing they could do for me except for pain meds.  I hope that you and others that suffer from this will not give up hope.  All I really know to do to try to make it better is to work it out several times a week.  The injury has taken my life savings, as it has probably hurt you financially, physically, and mentally as well.  Sometimes the best thing to do is to remember that you are still alive with us today.  Maybe you can let me know how your progress has been. May God be with you.
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      Lisa
      Mar. 26, 2008

      Hi I am 40 and was in an auto accident 10 months ago and have had 4 shots to my sciatic nerve with no relief at all. I can't sit more than an hour or so and the car rides are few and far between. They are talking about killing the nerve and I don't know how this will effect me. HELP if anyone has more knowledge.

       

      brokenarrowcoach@yahoo.com

    • Anonymous
      swilless
      Jul. 09, 2008

      Are you in Broken Arrow OK? If so, who is your physician?

  • Anonymous
    Jo
    Dec. 09, 2007

    Hi, Philsgirl,

    I have a very similar problem. I started having the nerve pain in 1996, it continually grew worse. I had severe lower back pain with 2 "bad" discs and was told that was where the pain started.  I had stenosis and a "bunch of other big words" wrong with my spine. I had  surgery in 2003 and the discs were

    repaired, but...

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    Hi, Philsgirl,

    I have a very similar problem. I started having the nerve pain in 1996, it continually grew worse. I had severe lower back pain with 2 "bad" discs and was told that was where the pain started.  I had stenosis and a "bunch of other big words" wrong with my spine. I had  surgery in 2003 and the discs were

    repaired, but the doctor told me that I had waited too long and the sciatic nerve was permanently damaged. I don't have the foot drop, but I have the numbness, pain, tingling, etc. in both legs. So far I am told there is no cure.

    • philsgirl
      Dec. 10, 2007
      Hi. Nice to have someone who understands about this. It is very hard this time of year since I can't drive. I did alot of shopping on line. I keep hoping that this nerve pain and numbness might go away but it stays the same. I have been on neurontin since 2005. It really does not help all that much.I still dream I am at work passing pills to the old lady's....
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      Hi. Nice to have someone who understands about this. It is very hard this time of year since I can't drive. I did alot of shopping on line. I keep hoping that this nerve pain and numbness might go away but it stays the same. I have been on neurontin since 2005. It really does not help all that much.I still dream I am at work passing pills to the old lady's. Crazy ha. hope to hear from you again. BEV
    • Anonymous
      Gordon Jarman
      Feb. 27, 2008

      My wife,age67 had THR op 31May 07 & has sciatic nerve damage & foot drop.She cant walk a step without the use of crutches or a 4 wheel Zimmer frame. She is in constant pain - electric shocks in the toes & foot . She takes Gabapentin (neurotin) & pain killers but they have little effect.This op has ruined her life. We have purchased a mobility...

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      My wife,age67 had THR op 31May 07 & has sciatic nerve damage & foot drop.She cant walk a step without the use of crutches or a 4 wheel Zimmer frame. She is in constant pain - electric shocks in the toes & foot . She takes Gabapentin (neurotin) & pain killers but they have little effect.This op has ruined her life. We have purchased a mobility scooter but the very slightest vibration upsets the sciatic damage. She is to have an EMG scan in June 08. The plastic brace which fits into a boot that opens to the toe is quite good .

      Has anyone recovered from nerve damage & foot drop.

      We have taken legal advice but they say it is a possible side effect of THR & NOT medical negligence!!!

      We live in England & dont know anyone here with this problem.

      The only hope is for everybody to pass on our experiences to achieve recovery

      My e is gordon65 @tiscali .co.uk

    • Anonymous
      Shelley
      Sep. 07, 2008

      Hi Gordon,

       

      My dad is 69 and just had THR surgery a few weeks ago.  He came out of the surgery with low BP, so the hospital gave him a nebulizer treatment to raise his BP, before transporting him to an inpatient rehab facility.  After only a few hours at the rehab facility, he woke up with A Fib and Rapid Heart beat.  He was rushed...

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      Hi Gordon,

       

      My dad is 69 and just had THR surgery a few weeks ago.  He came out of the surgery with low BP, so the hospital gave him a nebulizer treatment to raise his BP, before transporting him to an inpatient rehab facility.  After only a few hours at the rehab facility, he woke up with A Fib and Rapid Heart beat.  He was rushed to the ER where he was treated, admitted and then had to have his heart shocked to return it to normal sinus rythm.  He was then transferred back to the rehab facility.  He was doing GREAT and had even graduated to walking around on his own and needing little nurse supervision.  THEN, right in the middle of a therapy session, he collapsed in severe pain which resulted in loss of use of his left leg (same side as THR surgery).  He was then rushed again to the ER and then admitted.  They found a football sized hematoma in the surgical wound which they evacuated 4 days after admission.  He regained use of his thigh and calf muscles immediately post op, but has no feeling or movement below the ankle.  He is awaiting the results of a CT scan performed yesterday to be sure the hematoma is staying away.  The doctor has told him the nerve damage is not permanent, but after reading all of the posts in this site, I am worried that it may be permanent.  It is a heart break because prior to THR surgery, my dad would walk 7 miles a day in a local mall, 7 days a week and was in fabulous physical shape for his age.  Not to mention the doctor remarked at how hard his bones are and what terrific muscle fibers and tone he has, along with the vitals of a 20 year old.  He has now been reduced to what looks like older than 69 and is miserable laying in a hospital bed.  He will probably be visited by his neuro and ortho docs today with the report from the ct scan, and hopefully more information on the status of his nerve damage (it's the sciatic nerve).  Will let you know what they tell him the next steps are.  Maybe that could steer your wife in a new direction of treatment.  He has no pain now, but before having the hematoma evacuated, I thought the pain was going to kill him it was so severe.  His whole body would shake and his eyes would glass over - very scary.  So, I thank God that he's at least without that kind of pain now.  Just a little lower back pain from laying in bed so much.  Will keep you posted.  Shelley

    • irene
      Oct. 06, 2008

      Hi Shelley

      My wifes condition hasnt improved. She recently decided to stop taking Gabapentin (neurotin),because it didnt stop the nerve pain. It is now out of her system and she feels confident and very alert again. We saw our Doc to see if she was ok drive. We have purchased an automatic car and had the gas pedal modified so she can use her left foot for brake...

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      Hi Shelley

      My wifes condition hasnt improved. She recently decided to stop taking Gabapentin (neurotin),because it didnt stop the nerve pain. It is now out of her system and she feels confident and very alert again. We saw our Doc to see if she was ok drive. We have purchased an automatic car and had the gas pedal modified so she can use her left foot for brake and accelorate. It took her a lot of practice to use 'the other foot'. Driving has greatly improved her state of mind and given her great independance. She only drives locally and knows her limitations.

      Her none driving foot is still extremely painful - nerve pain.

      Your Dad , like all of us on these pages has had a rough deal and NO_ONE is going to help us - only ourselves!!!!

       

      If anyones sciatic nerve has re-grown , please post it.

       

      Good luck

      Gordon

    • JPN
      JPN
      Mar. 29, 2009

      Hi

      i was going back over this conversation, I think my husband maybe sufferign from what you two were discussing. can you tell me how they diagonised it? What kind of doctor did that? A neurologist?

      Thanks for your help

      jpn

    • Randy
      Sep. 12, 2010

      I had surgery on May 28, 2010 on l4, s1 and work comp took sixteen weeks to approve.  The Doctor said that the disk stayed on my sciatic nerve so long that it sacred it and may take 3 to 6 months to get over it or may not ever get over it.  I take Lyrcia 2 times a day and it seems to dull the pain a little bit but not a cure.  I've been...

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      I had surgery on May 28, 2010 on l4, s1 and work comp took sixteen weeks to approve.  The Doctor said that the disk stayed on my sciatic nerve so long that it sacred it and may take 3 to 6 months to get over it or may not ever get over it.  I take Lyrcia 2 times a day and it seems to dull the pain a little bit but not a cure.  I've been do a pain managment Dr twice for nerve block shots and has not worked yet.  I go back to the pain Dr on the 15th and my dr that did the surgery wants to see me on the 30th I'm afraid he is going to write me off and say he can't do anytjing else.  My left leg burns from my hip  all the way down the back of my leg

  • eeyore
    Jul. 12, 2007
    hi iam also a nurse with foot drop from hip replacement surgery. it has been 1 year.  this has been the hardest thing i have been through. do you wear a brace? do you have pain or tingling in leg or foot?  this is the 2nd time i have wrote to you i hope you recieve this i REALLY want to hear from you! i have been looking for someone i could talk to...
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    hi iam also a nurse with foot drop from hip replacement surgery. it has been 1 year.  this has been the hardest thing i have been through. do you wear a brace? do you have pain or tingling in leg or foot?  this is the 2nd time i have wrote to you i hope you recieve this i REALLY want to hear from you! i have been looking for someone i could talk to about this   hope to hear from you,bonnie b
    • philsgirl
      Dec. 10, 2007
      Sorry it took so long to reply. I have not kept up with chronic pain site. I guess we are in the 1% as the doc say's. It is very hrd for me this time of year. not being able to drive. I did alot og shopping on line for the grandkids. I can't stand to wear the brace. It hurts even more. I just can't get used to it. I have the pain and numbness all...
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      Sorry it took so long to reply. I have not kept up with chronic pain site. I guess we are in the 1% as the doc say's. It is very hrd for me this time of year. not being able to drive. I did alot og shopping on line for the grandkids. I can't stand to wear the brace. It hurts even more. I just can't get used to it. I have the pain and numbness all the time. I have to keep moving my toes in my shoes even when I am just sitting because the feeling is nerve racking. I wish there was something that could be done. E-mail back. I really don't know too many people with this problem.. BEV
    • Anonymous
      tami
      Jan. 04, 2008

      Hi!

      My mom just had hip replacement surgery in November and she is having the same problems, foot drop and pain, timgling and numbness in her foot.  This is interfearing with her recovery, she is in great pain all the time and we are getting no where with the doctors, so I was on the internet looking for more info and other options. Are there any???????...

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      Hi!

      My mom just had hip replacement surgery in November and she is having the same problems, foot drop and pain, timgling and numbness in her foot.  This is interfearing with her recovery, she is in great pain all the time and we are getting no where with the doctors, so I was on the internet looking for more info and other options. Are there any???????

    • philsgirl
      Jan. 04, 2008
      Hi. Sorry to hear about your Mom.Did she see a neuro doc? My foot is still the same way. I take neurontin for nerve pain. It does not do much good. I can't stand to wear the a.f.o. brace. Someone suggested a pain management doc. I have never tryed. I wish there was some kind of magic cure. What did the doc's say about this to your mom? I am curious....
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      Hi. Sorry to hear about your Mom.Did she see a neuro doc? My foot is still the same way. I take neurontin for nerve pain. It does not do much good. I can't stand to wear the a.f.o. brace. Someone suggested a pain management doc. I have never tryed. I wish there was some kind of magic cure. What did the doc's say about this to your mom? I am curious. BEV
    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Jan. 06, 2008
        

      Hey,

      My mom is taking Lyrica for nerve pain and she feels like it really helps her.  But it wears off after a few hours and then she's back where she started.  She also feels like the brace hurts her leg and she feels like it doesn't fit correctly anymore.  Her foot was probably very swollen when the cast for the brace was...

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      Hey,

      My mom is taking Lyrica for nerve pain and she feels like it really helps her.  But it wears off after a few hours and then she's back where she started.  She also feels like the brace hurts her leg and she feels like it doesn't fit correctly anymore.  Her foot was probably very swollen when the cast for the brace was made and now her foot is less swollen.  Her doctor just did an EMG test last week and we will get the results later this week.  Her doctor said by now she should be walking without her walker and maybe on her own or but with a cane, but she cannot feel her foot or feel her foot on the ground so it's really really hard for her to walk.  When she had the EMG there wasn't any nerve response in her entire leg.  So that can't be good.  I'm not sure what to do at this point.

    • philsgirl
      Jan. 07, 2008
      Hi. I had an EMG test also .thats when the doc told me I had sciatic nerve damage. I know how you and your mother feel. The feeling is terrible. I hope your mom gets some feeling back soon. Does she feel lilke she is sticking her foot in boiling water? I have that too. The only thing all the doc's told me was it takes time. The neuro doc said it can be...
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      Hi. I had an EMG test also .thats when the doc told me I had sciatic nerve damage. I know how you and your mother feel. The feeling is terrible. I hope your mom gets some feeling back soon. Does she feel lilke she is sticking her foot in boiling water? I have that too. The only thing all the doc's told me was it takes time. The neuro doc said it can be permanent. Keep me informed on her progress. BEV
    • Anonymous
      Sonni
      Apr. 20, 2009

      Hi,

      I also had hip replacement one year ago and have foot drop.  I just happened on this sight looking for "nerve transfer" information.  This is the newest thing out, but the problem is that you are suppose to have it within 6 months of your surgery, because of the muscle mass loss.  Without the muscle mass the new nerve would not work. ...

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      Hi,

      I also had hip replacement one year ago and have foot drop.  I just happened on this sight looking for "nerve transfer" information.  This is the newest thing out, but the problem is that you are suppose to have it within 6 months of your surgery, because of the muscle mass loss.  Without the muscle mass the new nerve would not work.  To date I have read a lot of sites where people are getting this trauma from such surgery.  I was a very active 51 year old when I had it done due to a serious injury in 1980.  The deterioration was bad, but now I wish I had continued with that pain rather than this foot drop pain and limitation.  I am searching for a way to rebuild my muscle mass in hopes that there is a way to do the nerve transfer.  I have extensive muscle mass loss and wear the AFO brace every time I go anywhere.  At home I try to walk without it as often as possible making sure to place my foot heel to toe and try to mimic the normal movement of my other foot.  I have started riding a stationary bike with all the movement on the good foot, but this keeps my damaged foot and leg active.  I think that the exercise is the key to any possible recovery, and trying to move as normally as possible, even propping foot in a normal position with a pillow when I sit.  I think the brace is essential, but not the wear it 24-7 so your ankle won't get stiff.  I do wear it to bed from time to time, because it seems to ease the pain if I have been without it too long.  My husband and I made a gadget to exercise my toes and lift my foot up and down when I am sitting.  I refuse to give up and I hope everyone that is experiencing this will try to help find an answer.  We have to.  The pain was unbearable the first 4-5 months for me, but I could not take the nerve medicines due to reactions, and I think listening to others, that the medication is not helping drop foot victims anyway.  I am planning to search everywhere to find an answer to this problem.  There may be one in other countries.  Thank God for internet.  I drive with my left foot now and I have even started riding my horse, walk only of course.  The thing that frustrates me the most is the limitaions and not being able to wear whatever shoes I want.  Well, just wanted to let you know that there are a whole lot more of us out there than you may think that are victims of this foot drop by way of hip replacement surgery. 

    • philsgirl
      Apr. 20, 2009

      Hi. I know what you are going through. I take neurontin and elavil for nerve pain. It really does not help much. I cannot wear the a.f.o. brace. I can't stand it on my leg. I still can't drive my car. I also have looked on the internet for any kind of treatment of this condition. I have been like this since 2005. It is very frustrating .I was so active. Worked...

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      Hi. I know what you are going through. I take neurontin and elavil for nerve pain. It really does not help much. I cannot wear the a.f.o. brace. I can't stand it on my leg. I still can't drive my car. I also have looked on the internet for any kind of treatment of this condition. I have been like this since 2005. It is very frustrating .I was so active. Worked full time,took myself to get a hair cut,or the craft store. Now I have to rely on my Grown kids. they are really good about it but I feel bad. I thought there was a operation to repair the nerve. I was diagnosed with sciatic nerve damage. Of course I got the foot drop and neuropathy from the hip relacement. If you find anyinf out please feel free to email me at Bevc234@aol.com.BEV

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Apr. 19, 2007
    Hi Bev,
    Sorry to hear that you're in such pain, I'm sure it seems unbearable at times. Please don't believe that this is permanent, there are therapies from which you can greatly benefit, dmso therapy and acupuncture are two that I can name right off the bat. If you haven't heard about dmso therapy there's a good reason, the fda & pharmaceutical...
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    Hi Bev,
    Sorry to hear that you're in such pain, I'm sure it seems unbearable at times. Please don't believe that this is permanent, there are therapies from which you can greatly benefit, dmso therapy and acupuncture are two that I can name right off the bat. If you haven't heard about dmso therapy there's a good reason, the fda & pharmaceutical industries would rather that dmso did not exist. Pick up a copy of the book DMSO: Nature's Healer by Dr. Morton Walker, easy find on Amazon. Inside you'll find a directory of physicians worldwide that are performing this treatment. My mom suffered a horrible fall that damaged her spine and shortly after that was rearended by a construction truck and suffered whiplash. She was in chronic pain for quite some time. I have worked with therapeutic grade essential oils for some time now and when I found out about dmso I quickly started experimenting. What I've since developed is a pain relieving balm that is quickly absorbed, fast acting and contains no shellfish products such as glucosamine (mom's allergic). This formula is all natural and uses the oils of grapeseed & ev olive with dmso as its base. To that I add 40 essential oils that relieve pain. I'm not in production, I basically make this formula for my family but I'd be happy to send you a sample, just contact me at kbutler@austin.rr.com or call 512-892-6274.
    I truly hope this info helps and that you find permanent relief, I know that the oils alone have done that for many people but my mom is ecstatic with the goop I made for her, I call it Pain Bomb, by the way.
    Sincerely,
    Karen
    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Jun. 08, 2008

      hi my name is tracey 33 y/o i had a car accident last year april 2007. me and my daughter was ejected out of the car and i broke my right shoulder and left hip. i have had 3 surgery and my last surgery i have nerve damage and foot drop and i was told that i going to take me 72 mon for my hip to at least heal some but it may not heal all the way. i have alot...

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      hi my name is tracey 33 y/o i had a car accident last year april 2007. me and my daughter was ejected out of the car and i broke my right shoulder and left hip. i have had 3 surgery and my last surgery i have nerve damage and foot drop and i was told that i going to take me 72 mon for my hip to at least heal some but it may not heal all the way. i have alot of pain and burning and feel like im being shocked all the time and im meiserable and i havent work since last year and i cant stand being home at all... can someone tell me who they deal with the pain?

    • barry
      Jun. 17, 2008

      hello im a 39 year old single dad of 4 i was a plasterer untill 2005 and one day just chould'nt get out of bed my lower dics are damaged and the dr said its been to long for surgery my legs numb i get the shocks going down the leg i have drop foot,all the dr gave me was morpine then codine all that done was made me very ill,so now with my dr's blessing i use...

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      hello im a 39 year old single dad of 4 i was a plasterer untill 2005 and one day just chould'nt get out of bed my lower dics are damaged and the dr said its been to long for surgery my legs numb i get the shocks going down the leg i have drop foot,all the dr gave me was morpine then codine all that done was made me very ill,so now with my dr's blessing i use cannabis i have no pain no cramps and i can eat again the worst thing is its illigal but the pain im in i dont care to tell you the truth im just glad to be albe to sleep for the first time in years.

    • Anonymous
      Lisa
      Oct. 08, 2008

      I was injured at work in 4/2007.  I have 3 bulging discs and have had 2 knee surgeries.  I also suffer from sciatica and periphal nerve damage in my left leg.  I am learning to deal with the pain but live on several medications:  Fentanyl patch, vicodin, neurontin, b complex, soma, and several stool softners. 

       

      I have had the...

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      I was injured at work in 4/2007.  I have 3 bulging discs and have had 2 knee surgeries.  I also suffer from sciatica and periphal nerve damage in my left leg.  I am learning to deal with the pain but live on several medications:  Fentanyl patch, vicodin, neurontin, b complex, soma, and several stool softners. 

       

      I have had the foot drop (mine comes and goes) and I am currently waiting for a nerve graft.

       

      The only thing that has helped me so far was water therapy. 

       

      Hope all of you find healing!!

    • Anonymous
      varvara
      Jul. 11, 2009

      Thank you for shering I have foot drop after surgury L4-L5 in my liver back.I disapointed,3 month after surgury have pain and my toes do not up.My surgeon doknot said he does not know phisical teropist know.

      I do all what I know to rise my foot, I will try  water theropy

  • Optomistic Jean
    Apr. 07, 2007

    Dear Bev,

     

    I am 59 and had to quit my job 6 1/2 years ago. I understand losing your independance.  Have you seen a pain manager?  I have a wonderfu pain manaer that has really helped me.  Has your doctor ever talked with you about a spinal cord stimulator.  I have an intrathecal pump because my pain is in my back and not peripheral...

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    Dear Bev,

     

    I am 59 and had to quit my job 6 1/2 years ago. I understand losing your independance.  Have you seen a pain manager?  I have a wonderfu pain manaer that has really helped me.  Has your doctor ever talked with you about a spinal cord stimulator.  I have an intrathecal pump because my pain is in my back and not peripheral nerves.  Stimulator are better for peripheral nerve, I believe.  You can check www.medtronics.com.  That company makes both the stimulator and the pump.  Besides back pain, I also had terrible pain in my foot.  I believe it was caused by a terrible case of shinges.  The pump has also reduced my foot pain dramatically. My doctor doesn't understand why that has happen.  It doesn't seem to me that you should have to be in so much pain and to have no one helping you.  Feel free to e-mail me at jeanjourney@hotmail.com

    • philsgirl
      Dec. 10, 2007

      I do not have a pain manager. what exactly do they do?Non of my doc's have said anything about this. BEV

    • Optomistic Jean
      Dec. 11, 2007

      A pain manager specializes in the management of pain, as you have already figured out.  I would recommend an anathesialogist pain manager.

      First, they are very familiar with all the latest medications and how they are best used for which pain.

      Second, they ue many techniques to find the source of ones pain.  In my case, I have back pain and I had...

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      A pain manager specializes in the management of pain, as you have already figured out.  I would recommend an anathesialogist pain manager.

      First, they are very familiar with all the latest medications and how they are best used for which pain.

      Second, they ue many techniques to find the source of ones pain.  In my case, I have back pain and I had epidurals, anethisized nerves to see which one was causeing the pain, etc.

      Third, when the doctor the is currently treating your pain, has no more things for you to try and your pain is not being managed to  your satisfaction, the a pain manager is the next in line.

      Basically, it's like going to an obstitrician when you get pregnant instead of stay with your family doctor.

       

      Feel free to ask more questions.

    • Anonymous
      Teresa
      Oct. 23, 2009

      My mother has foot drop, she fell in 2008 and broke her hip, we have been to so many doctors, my question is this. We where told that she has sciatic nerve damage and there is nothing that can be done to repaire it. Is this true? she has went from a cane to a wheel chair, she can wall or bear weight on the bad leg, this is a nightmare. Anyone that knows...

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      My mother has foot drop, she fell in 2008 and broke her hip, we have been to so many doctors, my question is this. We where told that she has sciatic nerve damage and there is nothing that can be done to repaire it. Is this true? she has went from a cane to a wheel chair, she can wall or bear weight on the bad leg, this is a nightmare. Anyone that knows anything would be so helpful for us,, Thank you.

      Teresa from Florida. 

    • beachballpop
      May. 16, 2010

      seeking info from anyone who knows someone or (God forbid) who has experienced sciatic nerve damage from a total hip replacement that affects your foot.... help!!  thanks

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      May. 27, 2010

      I just saw a neurologist today that suggested my orthopaedic surgeon may have nicked my sciatic nerve during a total hip replacement in 2008. I have some problem with my foot and definate horrible burning pain down my leg from my hip to my knee. I take neurontin and vicodin daily so I can walk unaided.  I will have an EMG and another study done next week....

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      I just saw a neurologist today that suggested my orthopaedic surgeon may have nicked my sciatic nerve during a total hip replacement in 2008. I have some problem with my foot and definate horrible burning pain down my leg from my hip to my knee. I take neurontin and vicodin daily so I can walk unaided.  I will have an EMG and another study done next week. What is your situation?

    • philsgirl
      May. 28, 2010

      Hi.I also have sciatic nerve damage from my hip replacement in 2005. I take neurontin300mg;s three times a day,elavil at bedtime.The last time a few months ago I had to have a check up to get my scripts refilled.Well I saw the nurse practioner.She wants to ween me off the neurontin.I don't think i can do that. I don't think the med is even helping me.My symtoms...

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      Hi.I also have sciatic nerve damage from my hip replacement in 2005. I take neurontin300mg;s three times a day,elavil at bedtime.The last time a few months ago I had to have a check up to get my scripts refilled.Well I saw the nurse practioner.She wants to ween me off the neurontin.I don't think i can do that. I don't think the med is even helping me.My symtoms are no better. At night is the worst or if I have to get dressed to wear fancy shoes.It is very hard for me to find people who have this .And to share about what this is like for other people.The neurontin makes my mind fuzzy at times.A horrable feeling.I just wish there was a way to fix this problem.Feel free to email me.Thanks BEV

    • Sue
      Sue
      Jan. 08, 2011

      I know exactly how you feel.  I had a total hip replacement 10/4/10, for the first 6 weeks everything went great.  Was about ready to give up my cane, then BAM> This excruciating pain, started in my groin, then moved to my buttock, then down my leg, and my foot.  I get stabbing pain, burning pain, and aching pain.  I went to see...

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      I know exactly how you feel.  I had a total hip replacement 10/4/10, for the first 6 weeks everything went great.  Was about ready to give up my cane, then BAM> This excruciating pain, started in my groin, then moved to my buttock, then down my leg, and my foot.  I get stabbing pain, burning pain, and aching pain.  I went to see my surgeon, he gave me Ultram and told me to get bed rest and call him the following Monday.  I called the following Monday, he said "you have a pocket of inflammation, stay in bed and call me the next monday."  The pain was getting much worse, I called the following Monday, did not get a response until Tuesday, not from him, but his nurse.  Said stay in bed and he wants to see you in a week and one half.  I said bs about that, called my primary doctor.  Gave her all the details, by now I can hardly walk due to the pain,  She gave me neurotin, and ordered a MRI.  I got the MRI a couple of days after the initial visit, I am to see her again next Tue.  She asked me if the doctor had said anything about nicking your sciatic nerve during the hip replacement....I replied No.  I am scared to death.  I am a very active person, ride and show horses, horse show judge....always on my feet.  What is the outcome?  I can barely walk.  The pain is so bad.

    • Shellie
      Oct. 20, 2012

      Hi Sue

      How are you doing with the sciatic nerve issue? Is it any better?  What did the MRI show? 

       I had hip resurfacing a year ago and have similar problems.  I too have horses and was very active - I have the groin pain and nerve pain that radiates from my hip through my leg and shin to the top of my foot.....the nerves...

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      Hi Sue

      How are you doing with the sciatic nerve issue? Is it any better?  What did the MRI show? 

       I had hip resurfacing a year ago and have similar problems.  I too have horses and was very active - I have the groin pain and nerve pain that radiates from my hip through my leg and shin to the top of my foot.....the nerves on the top of my foot are constantly irritated and I get painful electric shocks on the top of my foot if I touch anywhere near  the top of my ankle.  My foot is always ice cold and I wear foot warmers all the time - my leg feels tingly and somewhat numb, like my leg artery is being compressed all the time.  I can't stand much at all .....the minute I stand up I am looking for a chair to sit back down.

      I also seemed to lose some control /coordination with my leg after the surgery that I haven't regained - I really have to concentrate on how to walk and it's been over a year since the surgery. 

      The stories on this site are so sad with many cases much worse than mine....I would appreciate any suggestions on how to deal with this - I live in Tacoma, WA and my DR. is in South Carolina so I haven't gone back to see him - they know about my issues though and he sent me for blood tests but this is definitely nerve damage.

       I didn't get an MRI because I have a metal on metal hip and was told the image wouldn't be clear within several inches of my hip joint due to the metal.  I was also told my the radiologist that my sciatic nerve wouldn't show up anyway, so  I don't know what kind of doctor to see about my issues.....a neurologist?

      thank you

    • philsgirl
      May. 28, 2010

      I have sciatic nerve damage from hip replacement.I was told that I was in the one percent who this happens too. I still can't drive. The symptoms have not changed. I went to the neuro office to get my scrips renewed and saw the nurse practioner.She wants me to be weened off my neurontin.I also take elavil at night. I don't think these meds work anymore.I don't...

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      I have sciatic nerve damage from hip replacement.I was told that I was in the one percent who this happens too. I still can't drive. The symptoms have not changed. I went to the neuro office to get my scrips renewed and saw the nurse practioner.She wants me to be weened off my neurontin.I also take elavil at night. I don't think these meds work anymore.I don't know what to do.Maybe change docs.I wonder how many people this happens too ,And how many people never really look into this .I wish there was a way to fix this.I waqs told that maybe my sciatic nerve was stretched during surgery.The ortho doc said it was perminent.My whole life changed upside down because of this.There are no grpoups where I live to share feelings about this problem.I am sure it has effected alot more people.Sometimes it is good to share .

    • Anonymous
      Veronica
      Dec. 30, 2011

      Hi Bev,

      I hope that you are still reading these comments.  My name is Veronica and I had a total rt hip replacement Oct. 18, 10.  When I woke up from recovery my ortho dr. and a neurologist were standing at the foot of my bed.  The neuro touched my foot and the back of my leg and I could not feel anything.  Now...

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      Hi Bev,

      I hope that you are still reading these comments.  My name is Veronica and I had a total rt hip replacement Oct. 18, 10.  When I woke up from recovery my ortho dr. and a neurologist were standing at the foot of my bed.  The neuro touched my foot and the back of my leg and I could not feel anything.  Now 1 year and 2 months later I have very little improvement.  I know exactly how you feel.  I have the same symptoms and more.  The pain is severe especially at night.  I am taking lyrica and percocet for the pain.  They don't decrease the pain, they just cause me to sleep a couple of hours.  I cannot walk and I have to rely on my kids and my husband to carry me places or help me get dressed sometimes. No one knows how to help me.  phy. therapy just serves to help keep my muscles from drawing up too tight.  If you have found out about some new information please let me know. This just gets to be overwhelming at times because my whole life has changed.

      I have complete foot drop and it is highly sensitive and I cannot wear a shoe.

      Its almost too much to bear. It is only by the grace of God that I get through the day!  I would like to hear from you if possible.

    • Friendly
      Mar. 09, 2012

      I don't have foot drop but, from my own research and what you all have shared (thank you) , I think my sciatic nerve was affected too. I was fine before two months ago had a total hysterctomy, then a week later hymorraged at t ER went for an angiogram that blocked my leaking arteries yet, where my angiogram site on my right femoral artery feels funny, all the...

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      I don't have foot drop but, from my own research and what you all have shared (thank you) , I think my sciatic nerve was affected too. I was fine before two months ago had a total hysterctomy, then a week later hymorraged at t ER went for an angiogram that blocked my leaking arteries yet, where my angiogram site on my right femoral artery feels funny, all the way to my right foot. Hurts and soar all the time, night is very uncomfortable, numbness and tingling. Now what? I called the doctor (who performed the angiogram) to see next week, they refilled my Ibuprophen over the phone, helps yet not completely...so worried! What do I do?

    • Shellie
      Oct. 20, 2012

      Hi Friendly

       

      I am wondering how you are doing with the sciatic nerve issue?  Did you find out what was causing it and are you doing better?

    • Shellie
      Oct. 20, 2012

      Hi Friendly

       

      I am wondering how you are doing with the sciatic nerve issue?  Did you find out what was causing it and are you doing better?

    • Anonymous
      Kellie
      Jun. 10, 2010

      I too have foot drop from a Right Total Hip Replacement on May 10th 2010.  I have found a Dr. Nath that treats foot drop with decompression or nerve grafting.  I am waiting on my insurance and then I will be off to Houston.  Check Dr. Nath out.  I am only 1 month post-op and there is a 4-6 month window in which surgery should be done. ...

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      I too have foot drop from a Right Total Hip Replacement on May 10th 2010.  I have found a Dr. Nath that treats foot drop with decompression or nerve grafting.  I am waiting on my insurance and then I will be off to Houston.  Check Dr. Nath out.  I am only 1 month post-op and there is a 4-6 month window in which surgery should be done.  Get on this as soon as possible. Look up Dr. Nath on the web. 

      ---Kellie

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      kristenhodges
      Aug. 05, 2011

      Kellie - Pls tell me how your surgery with Dr. Nath went.  My mom has foot drop and is WAY too young to lose her mobility but no local doctors are helping her.  We're researching Dr. Nath as well and obviously have limited time for the surgery to be done within the 6 month timeframe.

       

      Pls help - Kristen

       

      kristen.a.hodges at gmail dot com...

      RHMLucky777

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      Kellie - Pls tell me how your surgery with Dr. Nath went.  My mom has foot drop and is WAY too young to lose her mobility but no local doctors are helping her.  We're researching Dr. Nath as well and obviously have limited time for the surgery to be done within the 6 month timeframe.

       

      Pls help - Kristen

       

      kristen.a.hodges at gmail dot com

    • Anonymous
      nada71
      Nov. 29, 2012

      my 76 year old mother fell and ended up with a herniated disc that caused major sciatica, she ended up with foot drop also, the doctors told her it was permanent nerve damage, and she told them "watch and see", it has been almost two years now and she is walking just fine on her foot and you cant even tell to look at her that she had foot drop. She just kept...

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      my 76 year old mother fell and ended up with a herniated disc that caused major sciatica, she ended up with foot drop also, the doctors told her it was permanent nerve damage, and she told them "watch and see", it has been almost two years now and she is walking just fine on her foot and you cant even tell to look at her that she had foot drop. She just kept doing what she could and excersizing her foot and showed those doubters (drs.) she still has some pain and numbness but nothing like it was, keep your head up and do what you can, nothing is impossible and drs. are not gods they cant tell you 100 % what the outcome will be.

       

    • Anonymous
      SB
      Jan. 30, 2010

      auto collision when I was hit heado by drunk; among all the injuries the major problem recouping for 30 years is , left leg atrophe, left dropped foot, pain all the way to left big toe and left outer thiigh.What do tou recommend except Lrica and tramdol?