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Posted By : neta24 - 6/10/2017 4:07 AM
i'm suffering from disc heraniation in L4-5
i've make in a Disectomy surgery and i still suffering from pain
i made a MRI and the surgeon tell that everything looks ok.
i did a EMG test too and the test say:
"EMG study showed mild chronic radiculopathy L4-5, without acute denervation features"
someone can explain?
is it irreversible?

Posted By : straydog - 6/10/2017 8:34 AM
Hi Neta & welcome to the forum. How long ago was your surgery? The EMG study is showing that you have nerve issues going on. If your surgery was recent the nerve has not had time to heal & calm down. When there is nerve involvement the only thing you can do is be on a medication specifically used to treat nerve pain, such as Lyrica, Gabapentin & medications along that line. Also, getting in with a good physical therapist can help too. From what I have seen here at the forum people with back problems & nerve pain respond better to Lyrica quite a bit. With proper treatment & time yes you should be able to get this under control.

Take care.
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Posted By : (Seashell) - 6/10/2017 9:04 AM
You can be assured that your nerve pain should not be permanent.

The EMG study is reassuring toward nerve recovery. It shows mild inflammation if the nerve (radulopathy) and no overt trauma that would suggest a long term problem (no denervation).

Bottom Line: Your L4-5 nerve root is still inflamed and irritated from the underlying issue that prompted the microdiscecfomy. The surgery has successfully removed pressure to the nerve. Nerves, however, can remain irritated for several months even after successful surgery.

Time and patience will be your best friends in healing.

As Straydog/Susie mentioned, there are medications that can help lower the threshold of nerve sensitivity. Lyrica, Gabapentin.

If you have access to a local community pool program (ex. YMCA air arthritis pool program) that can be a refreshing means to restore flexibility and movement in a pain relieving environment of warm and buoyant water. Therapeutic pool programs can go a long way in supporting one's rehabilitation.
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Posted By : rocckyd - 6/11/2017 6:20 AM
I've never had any type of back surgery, but from what I've read on these threads, it sounds pretty miserable .

I hope you are able to find relief soon.
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