I had lumbar fusion surgery (L4-5,L5-S1) on 9/11/07 primarily to relieve nerve pain down right buttock/leg and numbness and tingling in both feet. Nerve pain and foot symptoms have actually worsened. My surgeon just told me to give it time, and I've read previous responses in this forum re: nerve regeneration. My question is should I still hold out realistic hope for improvement over time even though symptoms are worsening? Could worsening, especially of neuropathic-like symptoms in my feet, be part of the healing process? Right now MD is trying to switch me from neurontin to lyrica and I'm not sure either is helping. I just want to know if I should still have hope.
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