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Schwanoma - Nerve Damage After Removal

      Re: Schwanoma - Nerve Damage After Removal

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Posted by CCF Neurosurgery MD on October 22, 1997 at 10:33:48:

In Reply to: Schwanoma - Nerve Damage After Removal posted by CherylH on October 16, 1997 at 15:49:02:

: Since removal of schwanoma (spelling?) in 1992 I have experienced a tingling in my leg which nevcer goes away. I realize there has been nerve damage, but I wondered if there was anything I could do  about it? I already exercise daily and do strength training 2x/week. I also experience extreme crapping on an occasional basis which I manage by deep massage and toleration! Thanking you in advance for your response. Cheryl
Dear Cheryl,
Sensory changes after surgery such as you had are usually the last thing
to get better.  There is often some degree of damage to the nerves when
performing surgery for schwannomas as they are tightly wrapped around the
nerves.  Usually pain is the first to go away, then motor function returns
(if initially impaired) followed by sensory symptoms.  
There are no specific medications to treat numbness and tingling.  The best
therapy is time and patience.  
Incidentally, you were probably talking about extreme cramping in your leg
rather than extreme crapping.  Your missed stroke on the keyboard was pretty
comical in any event.
Good luck.

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